After learning to fly in college, Arizona native Rob Norberg flew to Alaska, where he spent 20 years traversing mountains, streams, and valleys as a fishing guide and seaplane pilot. But the Arizona climate eventually beckoned him back. Norberg now leads tours five times a day in his Cessna Caravan seaplane, carrying passengers high above sights including the Salt River Canyon, Roosevelt Dam, and Tonto Indian Ruins and providing passengers with thought-provoking facts and history. His nine-passenger plane ensures a window seat for each passenger, and comes equipped with personal headsets so they can each listen to the plane's adorable heartbeat.
No one knows where Dr. Vantas lost his way. Once an esteemed doctor at the vanguard of electroshock therapy for the mentally insane, the physician let his psychiatric hospital become a madhouse, prompting rumors of Vantas using inhumane experiments on patients. Those who enter The Asylum risk falling prey to its deranged denizens and the quack’s extremely cold stethoscope. This is the spine-tingling, horror-film narrative that plays out to visitors as they creep through The Asylum, a haunted site modeled after an 1870s-style mental institution and half of The Crypt Haunted Attractions’ two-piece tribute to fear.
The other creepy venue, The Crypt, beckons intrepid guests to descend into a vault filled with the living dead. As they tiptoe through the chamber's darkened corridors, voyagers must stay poised as they strafe around staggering corpses groaning about their hunger for brains or the lack of legroom in their casket.
Bighorn sheep and mountain lions dart between the shadows of craggy lava cliffs as bald eagles swoop from sheer rock faces to wrest fish from Saguaro Lake below. Desert Belle has ferried sightseers through this picturesque lakefront within the Tonto National Forest since 1964, giving them rare glimpses of a thriving ecosystem that's inaccessible by foot or car. As the Desert Belle boat cruises leisurely, guides point out various flora, fauna, and extraterrestrials disguised as Arizona wildlife dotting the landscape. As riders listen to the narration from the shaded upper deck or air-conditioned lower deck, they can visually bask in cactus-studded desert vistas.
The Arizona Fishing Guides’s experienced anglers scan the azure vistas of Arizona’s lakes for tiny splashes and darting glints of silver on fishing trips with groups of all ages and experience levels. The guides, each of whom averages more than 300 days on the water every year, share their expertise as they lead the way through the picturesque waterways of Oak Creek Canyon, Bartlett Lake, and the northern pike in Lake Mary. As soon as their boats arrive at the choicest fishing spots, groups can cast out lines in hopes of attracting aquatic creatures such as bass, carp, trout, and Kevin Costner.
Desert often implies an empty space devoid of life and gravity. Dispel that fraudulent, misconceived delusion with today’s Groupon: $30 gets you a guided raft or kayak tour down the Lower Salt River with Desert Voyagers. Experience the stunning beauty of the Sonoran Desert—the breathtaking mountains and breath-withdrawing land teeming with breath-enhancing wildlife—while enjoying a mild workout and the refreshing splash of river.
A spine-chilling labyrinth of dark corners, creatures back from the undead, and eerie, abandoned spaces await any brazen guests who dare enter the maze-like Dark Scares Haunted Attraction—voted "Best Haunted House" in 2011 and 2012 by Arizona Foothills Magazine. The haunted hotel unleashes a live cast of tormented spirits that have checked in and show no intention of checking out for all eternity, as long as the water pressure in the showers remains satisfactory.
During their 20-minute voyage through the demented dungeon, guests must steel themselves in anticipation of sudden spooks emerging through the walls, vacated guest rooms appearing through mysterious doorways, and other ghoulish scares. Guests may wear costumes of their own when visiting Dark Scares, though masks are not permitted.