Arizona Outdoor Fun lets riders whip around winding lakes, trails, and tight canyons the way nature intended—atop landscape-chewing wheels. When not busy peddling a cache of extreme all-terrain Honda vehicles and dirt bikes, Rhino UTVs, and agile sport quads, their expert guides lead fun, scenic ATV tours around the Verde River and Bradshaw Mountains, sharing tidbits about local Native American culture, plants, fossilized cowboy hats, and wildlife. They also deal in aquatic sports with boat rentals including wakeboard boats, pontoon boats, and fishing boats, small vessels such as jet skis, and kayaks and canoes that run on man power. Master mechanics at the shop’s garage keep all vehicles ready for adventure, drawing on more than 25 years of experience to repair personal ATVs and other recreational crafts, including scooters and go-karts.
Started as a fiberglass-repair business more than 18 years ago, Jet Action Rentals has evolved into its current multifaceted incarnation, offering both jet-ski rentals and maintenance. Seven days a week, customers can saddle up on Yamaha VX 110 WaveRunners, capable of reaching speeds up to 60 mph and holding up to three passengers. As an authorized warranty repair facility for Yamaha, Jet Action’s technicians continue to tweak the fiberglass, plastics, and Atlantean compounds used to manufacture most personal watercrafts. When not tending to aquatic vessels, technicians also nurture motorcycles, cars, and trailers back to health.
Sailboat Shop proprietor Tom Errickson first learned to sail at age 11, sparking a love for boating that turned into his life's work. After years of repairing sailboats and plying the waves of sometimes frigid Lake Michigan, Errickson returned to Arizona and assembled a crew of seasoned instructors to teach clients useful sailing skills through ASA-certified classes. By spending three relaxing hours on a 30-foot sloop during a sunset cruise, or learning the ropes during a keelboating class, Arizonans can experience the rare pleasure of sailing in the middle of the desert. Aspiring mariners can purchase craft ranging from an inflatable dinghy to a brand-new Catalina swing-keel boat, or charter a craft and experienced skipper for a memorable party on the water.
The highly trained guides at Canyon Rio Rafting spearhead half-, full-, and multi-day expeditions down the Salt River, Rio Chama, and San Juan River. Certified in first aid and versed in advanced wilderness medical and rescue training, they ensure that trips run as smoothly over Class II–IV rapids as a mustache over the foam of a cappuccino. Following romps on oar rafts, paddle rafts, and inflatable kayaks, guides nourish excursionists with gourmet meals.
Alternatively, Canyon Rio Rafting's certified instructors help foster future whitewater navigation by staging courses for guides, rescue technicians, and kayakers.
Nestled amidst the trees of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake's tranquil atmosphere creates the perfect escape for a day on the water. Guests can camp on the shoreline, spy deer, eagles, and coyotes while hiking through the forest, or rent a boat to explore the lake. The marina rents ski boats, kayaks, and pontoon boats with up to a 12-person capacity. Visitors can acquire fishing supplies and bait, or just take along a cooler and an iPod for a relaxing float.
Part of Southern California-based Boat Rentals of America, Tempe Town Lake Boat Rentals' fleet spans motor-, pedal-, and paddle-powered watercrafts. At its headquarters near Tempe Beach Park, boating enthusiasts outfit guests with vessels such as pontoons, kayaks, pedal boats, hydrobikes, and standup paddleboards. Tempe Town also sell fishing gear. For frequent water recreationalists, Tempe Town's team members organize the gold club, which gives clients access to boats without the hassle of feeding and grooming them each day.