Venture deep into the Sonoran Desert to discover hidden gems
The city of Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert. Home to the Saguaro cactus, the Sonoran boasts the most diverse flora and fauna of the four North American deserts.
For outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, mountain biking or trail running, the Phoenix metropolitan area is an oasis! Phoenix has the world's largest municipal park--South Mountain Preserve. Criss-crossed by 60+ miles of scenic trails, South Mountain Park contains over 16, 000 acres of rugged, desert mountain terrain.
This full day adventure allows us to venture well outside of the city to the Superstition Mountains to the east of the city. Described by President Teddy Roosevelt as "the Alps of the Sonoran" these mountains have attracted treasure hunters for decades looking for the Lost Dutchman's gold mine. While we might not find the gold mine, we will discover other hidden gems in the area to include petroglyphs and pictographs as well as majestic pristine wilderness that will leave you stunned by it's rugged beauty.
I will pick you up at your hotel at 8:30 in the morning. We will drive to the trail. We will hike thru the morning before stopping for lunch on the trail at a scenic spot. We will then continue until our hike is complete, where upon I will take you back to your hotel.
Special gear recommendations: I strongly suggest wearing a hat, sun glasses and sun screen. Good hiking shoes and a day pack for water and lunch is also necessary.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 8 hours
Traffic can add some time to our tour, but when possible, we try to start and end so as to avoid rush hour.
We will travel in my 2014 Dodge Durango Limited which seats 6 comfortably.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Dollars - Personal expenses and souvenirs.
I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences. If I lack expertise for certain activities, I have local contacts to join us for those portions of the tours, although I will still be leading you.