Green Zebra Adventures allows participants a chance to steer the unparalleled terrain ferry that is the Tomcar through a portion of 23,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert. At the beginning of the three–four hour tour, you can flip a talismanic clump of desert dust to determine who will take the wheel first. After setting out on a relatively mellow road to get a handle on the vehicle, passengers will follow their guide out onto the breathtaking uneven terrain. Scheduled stops grant opportunities to switch drivers, snap photos of saguaro cacti, and take a quick dip in the Verde River (weather permitting). Aside from an appetite for brush, rocks, and path-invading cacti, your desert chariot comes equipped with four-point racing-regulated safety belts that ensure Mom's piece of mind as you zip over the Sonoran path. Four-wheel independent suspension and a high ground clearance allow passengers to enjoy the off-road experience without the whiplash and jostle-hip commonly associated with all-terrain vehicles.
Unabashedly muddy, panting, and smiling, Rogue Runner's athletes cross the finish line with the satisfaction that they have been pushed to their limits. A member of the US national rowing team, college athletes, and Hollywood set designers came together to develop a 10K race packed with thrilling obstacles. Though locations vary, each course houses more than 20 obstacles such as mud slides, pipe crawls, and wall climbs. All of them require teamwork, balancing competition with cooperation. Upon completion, winners receive a lifetime supply of bragging rights as well as individual and team prizes.
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.
Though glimpsed by many people for the first time on an episode of The Amazing Race, the desert acres traversed by Fort McDowell Adventures are steeped in millennia of Yavapai Indian history. Guides lead visitors across the Arizonan foothills on a range of outdoorsy and sometimes anachronistic adventures, such as cattle drives and Segway tours through the Sonoran desert, kayaking adventures on the Verde River, and nature walks with Yavapai Indians. These excursions often end in nighttime wiener roasts, s'mores, and cocktails, a break from the frontier tradition of telling campfire sci-fi stories.
Activities at Fort McDowell Adventures’s four venues further immerse guests in the American Western experience. They gather for Dutch oven–style cowboy cookouts and depart for wilderness excursions from The Stables. At La Puesta del Sol, guests pass through a Spanish mission entrance into a dining hall, saloon, stage, and dance floor, and at Rosa's Ranch, they gather under the stars and around cookout fire pits nestled between rustic wooden ranch buildings. Groups dine at The Boulder House, named on the National Registry of Historic Places, whose rock walls bear evidence of petroglyphs, Native American occupation, and ancient spelunking expeditions.
During his childhood in West Africa, Amen Iseghohi learned life lessons from two main sources: his grandmother and the tires in his backyard. His grandmother taught him that the spiritual and physical are intertwined, and his workouts with tires supported her theory. By persevering when their weight exhausted him, he learned the importance of soldiering on even when a task seemed impossible, a lesson that has stayed with him through his workouts and beyond.
Nowadays, at his Phoenix fitness studio, Amen imparts these same lessons to Americans with minimalist workouts that are accessorized only by his childhood nemesis: tires. These particular tires, which are meticulously cleaned, build strength, speed, flexibility, and balance, as well as teach the most important skill of all?the ability to defend yourself against on out-of-control tire swing. Amenzone also offers the opportunity for fitness fans to join the Training Tour for LIfe, hitting cities across Southwest including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, and Chandler. The Training for LIfe tour hosts fitness events featuring DJ-spun music, back-to-the-basics workouts, and opportunities to give to the Amenzone Foundation, supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
You could probably run for three hours on a treadmill, but why would you want to? Brothers Jamil and Nick Coury—named two of the Arizona Republic's top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35—provide far more enjoyable running opportunities at the 20 long-distance trail runs they organize each year. They don't pick these courses, which wind through some of the most scenic terrain in Arizona and Colorado, by simply throwing darts at the earth from a helicopter. With more than 80 completed marathons between them, the brothers are experts at spotting the natural features that make for a satisfying run. These include steep inclines, sloping descents, and eye-popping views. Their events give you the chance to gaze on Phoenix from the White Tank Mountain Range or behold Silverton, Colorado, from more than 13,000 feet above sea level.