As that wise, Morgan Freeman–looking janitor who taught you to believe in yourself always said, "Never judge someone until you've walked a mile in horseshoes." Today's Groupon gives you a much more comfortable judgment-earning experience: for $38, you get a two-hour guided horseback tour with Cave Creek Outfitters (a $70 value).
At its stomping grounds in the Sonoran Desert, Cave Creek Outfitters is situated within driving distance of downtown Scottsdale and Phoenix while still feeling far away from the bustle of city life. After being formally introduced to your steed, you'll join a small band of four to six city slickers as you and your new equestrian friend/transportation march through the beautiful Sonoran Desert under the experienced guidance of a Cave Creek wrangler. Marvel at the stoic postures of local cacti and the infinite expanse of the big blue sky as you become as confident a rider as Lewis and Clark when they set out to discover new lands and new four-legged animals to ride. Be sure to call in advance to schedule whichever ride time agrees most with your internal galloping rhythms. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.
The contemplative pace of a horseback ride through the desert is so peaceful that it is the number-one reason why horses today rarely engage in warfare or pyramid schemes. Drink deep from the beautiful sights of the desert and enjoy wide-open thinking space unclouded by the noisy choking of gaseous automobiles.
Cave Creek Outfitters
The stables at Cave Creek Outfitters nestle into the natural splendor of the Sonoran Desert amid its valleys, boulders, and saguaro cacti silhouetted against the setting sun. Wranglers lead educational tours through the Western landscape with more than 40 well-mannered steeds paired with riders according to their individual ability and experience. Cave Creek Outfitters equips riders with complimentary bottled water and asks that they wear long pants and closed-toe shoes so horses don't feel jealous of their opposable toes.
Tonto National Forest
31313 N 144th St.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262