After sunning by the pool and relaxing at the Luna Spa, take a day to go off the resort grounds and explore the Sonoran Desert. Sure, you can shop around the boutiques of scottsdale or enjoy a cocktail at Twisted Vine, but when you’re looking for a bit more adventure there a plenty of things to do in Scottsdale that fit the bill. So, why not enjoy the area the way the locals do?
Take an exhilarating tour across the lands once inhabited by the Yavapai in a cozy open-air Jeep or rugged Hummer. As you travel across the desert trails, you'll learn about the area's rich history and the people that lived there many years ago. Rumble across the Apache Trail, circle the notorious Superstition Mountains and enjoy the Four Peaks wilderness as you view the spectacular scenery surrounding Scottsdale. Explore everything from ancient Indian ruins to ghost towns and deserted turquoise mines during your guided or unguided tour. Guided tours usually run anywhere from two to eight hours long, and they're available during the day, just as the sun sets or after the sun goes down.
A half-day Tomcar ATV adventure will take you deep into the Sonoran Desert. These military-grade vehicles are designed to go where others can't, giving you a view of the area that others rarely see. Take a stop at a fresh-water oasis, follow a stagecoach trail and enjoy a river crossing as you make your way through the desert. Bring a camera, as you're sure to run into a wild burro or desert mule deer along the way.
Get up close and personal with the area's flora and fauna as you explore the desert via Segway. Feel the hot desert air breeze across your face and whisk through your hair as you explore trails and byways on your quest for adventure. Riding a Segway through the desert is like taking a hike, but without all of the sweat. It's a challenge, but the reward is well worth it.
Leave the vehicles behind and explore the desert the way the cowboys do. Guided tours are available for newbies to the equestrian world, but there's a world of adventure waiting for experienced riders. Whether you choose a short trek through the local area or you venture out for an overnight pack trip, you'll feel like you've gone back in time as you ride the Sonoran Desert trails via horseback.
When you stay at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch and are looking for things to do in Scottsdale, our knowledgeable concierge is always ready to help you put together the off-roading tour of your dreams. And when your Sonoran Desert experience is done, we'll be waiting to give you a little pampering as you wind down from your day.