What You'll Get
Besides being great exercise, hiking through the desert allows for rare glimpses of Mother Nature's arid artwork, such as her sublime mesa sunsets and private sand sculptures of Teddy Roosevelt as a bare-chested centurion. Sneak a peek at Old Four Eyes' sun-soaked pecs with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a guided group leisure hike in the Sonoran Desert from Take a Hike Arizona in Scottsdale (a $100 value).
The seasoned trekkers at Take a Hike Arizona garnish the pristine Sonoran Desert with paisley pastiches of footprints as they lead wayfarers on personalized voyages through twisting trails and clandestine canyons. The exhilarating half-day expedition, which comes with a hike time of around three hours, expands appreciation for the complex ecosystem of this picturesque wilderness.
The tour begins at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead and will follow the winding trails at 1,755 feet above sea level, with plenty of overlooks where hikers can take in the sweeping sandscapes, learn about the desert's flora and fauna, such as cacti and the thirsty bird, and navigate past areas where ancient people hunted, camped, and used sticks to draw football plays on the ground.
In addition to possessing expert knowledge about local botanical and animal life, each tour guide is a rubber-stamped practitioner of first aid and CPR. Bottled water, snacks, ponchos (if necessary), and the use of backpacks and trekking poles are provided, so there is no need to bring tupperware containers of water or socks filled with emergency fondue.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. Must dress appropriately; must wear closed-toe shoes. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.