Lewis and Clark were a frownful duo because they were forced to tour the brimbles and brambles of the nation's unexplored wilderness by foot and, if it was late, overpriced taxi. Today's Groupon gives you a discoverer's eyes with a Robocop's wheels: for $70, you get one half-day TOMCAR tour of the Sonoran Desert with Desert Wolf (a $145 value per person). A minimum reservation of two is required for each tour, so bringing a buddy with a gift Groupon will guarantee the tour of your choice.
Desert Wolf's half-day tour begins at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon in New River, about 35 miles north of downtown Phoenix. Guests board their TOMCARs—squat, open-air, Jeep-like vehicles with a roof cover—and depart into the depths of the desert at around 8:30 a.m. With a minimum of two passengers per car, anyone 18 or older can take the wheel as they trail their guides over wild terrain in the shadow of the scenic Bradshaw Mountains. Each 3- to 3.5-hour tour varies its itinerary from trip to trip, and might include pit stops at a river crossing, historical attractions, ghost towns, turquoise mines, or Indian ruins, where the local wildlife roams free and local tour guides enlighten and inform adventurers about the Sonoran Desert and the secrets of the land around them.
Desert Wolf's eco-friendly tours (which adhere to Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly) conclude where they began—at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon around noon, just in time for the sand-blown and spent to refuel on a burger or unwind after a harrowing run-in with phantom gunslingers in 19th-century ghost towns. The tours are safe and fun for both children and art therapists, and the TOMCARs' independent suspension mitigates the rockiness of the rocky riding.
Former guests rave about Desert Wolf's exciting tours and friendly tour guides:
- It was a blast!! Our tour guide was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The Tomcars were pretty easy to drive (except no power steering) and with very little shaking over the rough terrain. – Mikki C.
- The tour was AWESOME! I was a little hesitant with a 5 and 7 year old, but they absolutely loved it. The tour guides were great and the scenery was breathtaking. – The Bragg Family
Desert Wolf Tours
As the Bradshaw Mountain range stretches into the Sonoran Dessert, its landscapes change quickly. Shrub-strewn hills dip into valleys dotted with cacti. Clear streams run through dense copses, and then open to bare, clay-red plateaus. The guides at Desert Wolf Tours unveil these unforgiving yet magical landscapes, chiefly by leading caravans of Tomcars. These all-terrain vehicles let guests power over rocks, up hillsides, and through card towers to visit destinations such as old turquoise and gold mines and a ghost town.
Desert Wolf's team also takes visitors into the desert for recreational target shooting, supplying them with firearms, such as M16 rifles and Glock 17 handguns, to shoot under the supervision of NRA-certified instructors. Desert Wolf, a family-owned business, adheres to eco-friendly practices, participating in programs such as the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. These efforts have not only earned the respect of guests, but also a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor.
47801 N Black Canyon Hwy.
New River, Arizona 85086Get Directions