Ready for the thrill of a Scottsdale adventure tour? Join us on this fascinating tour blending urban sophistication and the wonders of the desert. Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and mountains on the east.

Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries. Just outside of Scottsdale, you'll make your way through the breathtaking and powerful landscape of Lake Pleasant on a guided naturist tour. Expansive vistas, airy heights, plunging depths, towering pinnacles, and ruins of the ancient ones await you.


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Mountain guide

Mitch Stevens

Join your Scottsdale adventure tour guide, Mitch Stevens, and his team as you see and experience this stunning part of Southern Arizona.


Duration

2 DAYS

Group size

6 - 12

Itinerary

On this two-day Scottsdale Adventure tour, you’ll experience the best of the city as well as the spectacular desert country of Central Arizona. We’ll discover the magnificent Superstition Mountains Wilderness and learn about the prehistoric Salado culture. Throughout the trip, we’ll provide access to authentic accommodations and great food.


  • Day One

    Scottsdale and Lake Pleasant

  • Day Two

    Heard Museum


Moderate

On this two-day Scottsdale Adventure tour, you’ll experience the best of Scottsdale as well as the spectacular desert country of Central Arizona.


“I cannot imagine any adventure company better suited and more qualified than Southwest Discoveries to lead hiking and outfitting tours in the Southwest. They are the best. Their trips are intelligently planned and carried out and they meet or exceed all environmental standards. I cannot recommend anyone more highly than Southwest Discoveries.”

Keith BagwellSierra Club, Rincon Group Conservation Chair – Tucson Arizona, Grand Canyon Chapter Executive Committee Vice Chair

Day One

Scottsdale and Lake Pleasant

After a sumptuous breakfast at The Saguaro, we’ll visit the world famous Taliesen West and enjoy a guided tour. Taliesen West is a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. He built his personal winte rhome, studio and architectural campus in 1937. During our tour, we’ll visit some of is wonderfully designed rooms and observe how the indoor spaces were integrated into the desert outdoor spaces. His living room or “garden room,” is particularly impressive.

Next stop on the tour is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum specializes in contemporary art, architecture and design. The building itself is minimalist in design and has five galleries featuring changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection.

Located in Old Town is Arcadia Farms, a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, we’ll take a scenic 45-minute drive to beautiful Lake Pleasant.

In addition to kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding, the lake offers excellent hiking. We’ll enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Pleasant from the top of Yavapai Point, by hiking the Yavapai Point Trail.

After the hike, we’ll enjoy the lake’s pristine waters by jumping into our kayaks. We’ll explore fascinating coves and glide by the lake’s shoreline. We’ll keep an eye out for wild burros, bobcats and nesting bald eagles which call Lake Pleasant home.

We’ll return to Scottsdale for a delicious dinner and our comfortable accommodations for the night.

Day Two

Heard Museum

We’ll visit the famous Heard Museum in Phoenix. Featuring Native American Art, the museum houses Native American paintings, jewelry, rugs, baskets and pottery. In addition, a great bookstore, the upscale Berlin Gallery, a cafe’ and restaurant round out its offerings.

After exploring Cave Creek, an old gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. cavalry in the 1870’s, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at The Horny Toad in Cave Creek. After lunch we’ll sojourn back to Scottsdale, completing an exciting and enjoyable long weekend in one of the beautiful and fascinating areas of the Southwest!

Don’t Miss the Trip of a Lifetime!

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