Customers at Sedona ATV Rentals & Off Road Adventures return their ATVs at the end of the day with the Sedona desert’s iconic red dust tucked in every groove of the tires and smiles on their faces. To create these memorable outings, the company offers four types of ATVs that cater to riders of all riding preferences, including open-air midsize ATVs seating one or two and road-legal buggies seating three or four. Before guests begin their expeditions, the off-roading pros equip them with helmets, goggles, and maps etched in sandstone so they can careen past red-rock formations and dense foliage on half- or full-day rides and find their way back easily and safely.
One of the oldest continually operated ski areas in the U.S., Arizona Snowbowl turns over a new leaf from late May through mid October. During this time, one of the resort's ski lifts remains open to whisk visitors to the top of an 11,500-foot-tall peak, where they take in views of land features up to 70 miles away and get a rare chance to see the Kokopelli shape that the Grand Canyon makes from above. The bustling summer season is also when area experts host interpretive talks and hikers trek through the Kachina Peaks wilderness on high-altitude trails. Of course, Arizona Snowbowl is also open for winter recreation from mid-December through April.
After a day of outdoor activities, adventurers can sip cocktails, scoop up green-chili chicken stew, and munch sandwiches at the Agassiz Lodge ?featuring live music on the weekends?, located at the base of the scenic chairlift where guests can also shop for souvenirs and clothing.
Tucked in the shadows of the evergreen peaks of Bill Williams Mountain, Elephant Rocks Golf Course weaves through scenic terrain at an elevation of 6,000 feet or more. Elephant Rocks' alpine perch provides golfers a cooler destination than the desert or volcano-side courses typically associated with Arizona golf, but the temperate air is hardly the course's only draw. Rows of mature ponderosa pines pinch the fairways throughout the 6,695-yard, par 72 course, and water hazards come into play on seven holes, including two par-threes where tee shots must clear a pond in order to reach the green. The course draws its name from a series of large lava rocks that line the road into to the club that resemble elephants in color, size, and strident anti-mouse attitude.
A driving range and practice green share Elephant Rocks' scenic grounds, letting golfers warm up before starting their rounds. After a day at the links, guests can unwind with a drink or a snack at the club house, which was originally built by railway workers in 1932 and features local stone, a natural rock fireplace, and original timber roof beams.
Course at a Glance:
A shorter and equally appropriate name for Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course would be Endor. Spread throughout the ponderosa pines of Fort Tuthill County Park, the course’s rope swings, wobbly bridges, scrambling walls, and hanging nets resemble the Ewoks’ home planet in the final Star Wars film. Visitors navigate these sylvan challenges—part of five elevated obstacle courses—while strapped into safety harnesses, which also help them dart through the forest via arboreal ziplines. Ground patrols and course guides add another layer of reassurance, as do the courses themselves, color-coded to signal their difficulty level. The black course, for example, is the hardest, while the yellow one is for children only, due to its simplicity and its free entry policy for invisible friends.
The guides at Arizona Trail Horse Adventures lead sightseers on horseback rides through Dead Horse Ranch State Park and the Verde Valley. Horse and rider traverse a variety of terrain, crossing barren riverbeds, trotting through high desert, or pondering the duality of cottonwood trees, all while absorbing the beautiful scenery of their surroundings. The trails pose numerous opportunities to spot the wild animals indigenous to the region, including great blue heron, black hawks, beavers, and mule deer. On the 180-minute Monument Loop Trail, peeled peepers can spot the Tuzigoot National Monument, which displays the remains of a Native American pueblo.
Most humans can't outrun a leopard or even outwrestle a black bear. But at Predator Zip Line, they can certainly out-engineer them. Conducted up to 75 feet above ground, the Predator tour's five zip lines soar over habitats full of storybook beasts from Out of Africa Wildlife Park, such as Barbary lions, white tigers, and giraffes. Along with the sights below, the Predator course affords panoramic views of the red rocks of Sedona, the summit of the San Francisco peaks, and the Verde Valley.