The Arizona desert and the great wide West are all full of history, most people just don’t know where to look. Luckily, we do.

We’ve designed a stunning tour of the Scottsdale desert with an excellent hike to one of the most notable historical ruins in the region: Sears-Kay.

The Hohokam tribe occupied these lands from 1050 to 1200 AD.They lived, survived,and thrived in this desert that other indigenous peoples thought to be inhospitable. They crafted Sears-Kay during their occupation of the area as an ancient defensive fortress to protect their lands and their way of life. Remnants of this fortress remain today, surrounded by picturesque desert landscape and towering cliff faces sloping into the brown dirt in the distance.

Sears-Kay is situated on top of a hill, an excellent vantage point once used to spot approaching enemies. But now, it features an exceptional, panoramic view of the Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle, Pinnacle Peak, and Superstition Mountains.

Our tour of the desert area of the Hohokam people begins with a 1.6 mile hike through the well-worn and explored foot trails of the area. We’ll explore the desert flora and fauna and glimpse the life forms that inhabit and make a home of the unforgiving desert climate as we ascend to our destination. Together, we’ll discover the way of life for the Hohokam people and explore why they’d feel the need to construct their fortress and what they made it from. We’ll uncover the five ancient ruins dotting the hill, and stand where history unfolded before hiking back to the start of the trail.

From this point onward, we’ll start to get to know the desert in all its glory a little better. We’ll embark on a bumpy, off-road journey in a capable and powerful Jeep to get a real desert adventure. We’ll traverse the rugged and rough trails of the Tonto National Forest, near Camp Creek Wash and around the historic Great Western Trail’s old location.

Meeting location:

Village at Pinnacle Peak

8711 East Pinnacle Peak Road Suite F-103

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Our Jeeps will be parked by the gas pumps of the Pinnacle Peak General Store.

Departure time:

8:00 AM

Duration: 2 hours

Intensity: Moderate physical activity, low vehicular intensity.

What to bring:

Hiking boots/shoes. Closed-toe boots/shoes.

Highly recommended items: Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, and a personal water bottle. We will also provide complimentary water bottles.

Note: This activity does not include any off-road driving. The roads leading up to the Sears-Kay ruins are paved. For more information about our off-road desert Jeep Adventures, click here.