The guides at Sedona Adventure Tours coax visitors out to explore the rugged wilderness and rolling terrain of Sedona and the Verde River Valley. Suited for guests of all experience levels, they helm hikes, horseback rides, and ATV excursions through the desert hills and dusk-red mountains, all the while divulging information on the area's diverse habitats, making sure to cover which rocks are poisonous. Their Verde River tours put guests at the helm of inflatable ducky kayaks which, thanks to their stability and light weight, are easy to navigate through the shady bends and past sweeping desert vistas. Sedona Adventure Tours' signature Water to Wine excursions cap these floating trips with a vino tasting at nearby Alcantara Vineyards.
Nestled on the Pleasant Harbor Marina, Go Kayak Arizona sends paddlers pushing out into the still, 10,000-acre expanse of Lake Pleasant atop easy-to-maneuver kayaks. After setting up each visitor with an appropriate watercraft, paddle, and life vest, the friendly staffers send explorers off to explore the hill-lined aqua-scape or drag race rival canoes by the hour or day.
Cimarron River Company wafts exhilarated kayakers down the stunning Verde River, through the sun-soaked, dazzling desert vistas of the Tonto National Forest. Adventurous paddlers rendezvous with their guide near Scottsdale, where they’ll receive their kayaks, life jackets, and beverages for the trip. Cimarron's sit-on-top kayaks allow fledgling floaters to navigate the pristine pools of the magnificent river, far from the debauched inner-tubers and meddling maritime lawyers of more populous waterways. The scenery's splendor is marked by crimson desert canyons, picturesque swaths of greenery, and a variety of wildlife frolicking in the shaped shadows of breathtaking saguaro cacti.
Plenty of couples meet online, but Adventures 2000 ensures they can also meet over a moonlit hike or an afternoon skydive. Though not a matchmaking service, the network connects singles aged 21–55 throughout the Phoenix area with a range of professionally organized events. These informal happenings are conducted in a low-pressure atmosphere, making it easier for participants to make new friends or meet someone special to adopt a highway with. Adventures 2000's staff coordinates 30–35 of these activities and events each month, from horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing to dinner parties and game nights. They also organize outings to live concerts and theatrical productions, and plan excursions as playful as themed treasure hunts or as elaborate as week-long travel packages. To ensure a safe and carefree attitude of the events, the staff extensively screens all new members.
Much of America's southwest is painted with shades of a single color: red. Bright crimson, dark maroon, and everything in between define the landscapes from Sedona's towering rocks to the the Grand Canyon's deepest points. These are just two of the destinations visited by Redstone Tours.
It's fitting that the company's name harkens to the region's rocks, since it was founded by a geologist. With a scientist as their inspirational leader and boss, the guides teach groups about the area's natural history as they lead them past the likes of Cathedral Rock and answer questions like "just how old is the Grand Canyon, and what does it want for its birthday?" Redstone Tours also leads tours of Native American sites and takes groups on rafting trips down the Colorado River.
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.