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All guests must be under 275lbs
This tour is guided by one of our certified drivers
- 2- hour Desert Sunset Jeep Tour
- Guest All Ages
- 3-hour Desert Daytime Tour
- Guest All Ages
Come see why TripAdvisor named our guide-led Sonoran desert Jeep tours as Scottsdale’s 2020 #1 ranked outdoor activity. Our professional tour guides are scholars and entertainers who have helped us achieve Viator’s 2020 ‘Badge of Excellence’ for meeting the highest tour operator quality standards.
When you think of the word ‘desert,’ you probably imagine a barren wasteland devoid of any form of life. However, with hundreds of species of plants and animals, the Sonoran desert is the most bio-diverse desert in North America. On our guide-led Sonoran desert Jeep tours, you will see and learn about the stunning scenery that you saw in all of the popular Old Western movies stretched out around you in full-color panoramic views.
Where are we going? We are permitted to operate our off-road Jeep tours in the Sonoran desert portion of the scenic Tonto National Forest, connected to Scottsdale, Arizona. Since our tours are entirely on federal land where development is prohibited, you have the opportunity to see the desert as the Native Americans have been able to see it for hundreds of years.
Whether you are in Scottsdale on a family vacation, corporate event, bachelorette party, or any other occasion, our fleet of open-air Jeeps are modified to carry 6, 7, or 14 passengers each. We can accommodate groups of all sizes for any occasion. For groups of 50 guests or more, please call our office.
Check out our 2-hour and 3-hour guide-led Sonoran Desert Jeep tour options below:
2- hour Guide-Led Sunset Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour
Experience a world-famous Arizona sunset on our low-speed, bumpy sightseeing tour of the scenic Sonoran desert via the Tonto National Forest. Your professional tour guide, who is a certified off-road driver and the only driver throughout your Jeep tour, will teach you about the Sonoran desert flora, fauna, Arizona history, and Native American ethnobotanical practices that helped tribes thrive in the desert for hundreds of years. Your tour guide will take you through stunning scenery on very bumpy trails that you would otherwise not be able to reach in your rental car.
At sunset, we stop at our panoramic lookout point that overlooks the historic Great Western Trail. At that point, guests can exit the Jeeps and walk around our scenic lookout point. Whether you are interested in a couple group photos or a full Instagram photoshoot, our tour guides are also great photographers and know where all the best photo angles are located. Depending on cloud conditions, the sky typically changes to various shades of pink, red, orange, and purple, all with the backdrop of the stunning Sonoran desert.
If you would like to reserve the entire Jeep to your group only, book our private Jeep tour option.
Interested in taking a tour through beautiful, historic Scottsdale? Consider one of our Scottsdale City Jeep Tours.
3-HOUR GUIDE-LED SONORAN DESERT JEEP TOUR
Our rigorous 3-hour Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour is a low-speed, bumpy sightseeing tour of the scenic Sonoran desert via the Tonto National Forest. Your daytime tour will trek through spectacular Jeep trails overseeing the historic Great Western Trail leading to the Verde river, where guests sometimes catch a glimpse of our roaming wild horse population. Your professional tour guide, who is a certified off-road driver and the only driver throughout the duration of your Jeep tour, will teach about the Sonoran Desert flora, fauna, Arizona history, and Native American ethnobotany. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities throughout this tour. Since our permitted trails are connected to Scottsdale, this tour guarantees the most trail time at the best price in the Scottsdale area.
YOUR TOUR, YOUR WAY – PRIVATE TOURS
Off-Road Jeep Adventures is committed to your safety and adheres to all local mandates regarding the use of face coverings for our tour guides and passengers during our tours, as well as rigorous cleaning and safety procedures before and after each tour. Please note that if you book a public tour, your party may be scheduled to ride in a vehicle with other passengers. All passengers, including our tour guides, are required to wear face coverings while in our Jeeps. If you would like to guarantee a Jeep for your party only + the tour guide, we have private tour options available.
DESIGNATED MEETING LOCATION
Our Jeeps will be parked on the west side of the gas pumps at Pinnacle Peak General Store. We are NOT meeting at our operations office.
Village at Pinnacle Peak
8711 East Pinnacle Peak Road Suite F-108
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
WHAT TO WEAR
Closed-toe shoes are required for when we venture out on foot at our designated stopping points. During the fall and winter months, be sure to bring a jacket. Temperatures in the desert drop ~30 degrees after sunset. We recommend wearing comfortable outdoor clothing that will show up well in your photographs (there will be plenty!)
Off-Road Jeep Adventures is a special recreation permit-holder through the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Cave Creek Ranger District and the U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management. Our Scottsdale departure off-road tours occur northwest of Rio Verde, northeast of Scottsdale, west of the Verde River, and southeast of Cave Creek. Our Table Mesa off-road tours occur northwest of New River and southwest of Black Canyon City
Note: Our open-air Jeeps ensure full ventilation throughout our Jeep tours.
Health restrictions: Off-road Jeep tours are rough, bumpy rides through rigorous terrain. Our off-road Jeep tours are not suitable for guests with back problems, neck problems, motion sickness, pregnancy, major medical conditions, or any other health condition that can be aggravated by a bumpy ride through rough terrain. Maximum weight per seat: 275 pounds. Call our office at least 24 hours in advance to make special arrangements.