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Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

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Free admission

The Basics

Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert by foot, vehicle, or hot-air balloon or small plane. Visitors will enjoy views of the mountains that span this region, as well as the local wildlife, including roadrunners, gila monsters, cactus wren, and desert bighorn sheep. Be sure to choose a tour that fits your interests; there are tours available for fans of hiking, off-roading, and Segways.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Gotta Do It
robert_p, Feb 2021
Sonoran Desert Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale
Riding a Jeep Wrangler through the Sonoran Desert is a highly recommended experience, especially with Kevin as your guide. He was informative, funny, interesting and he kept us going strong the entire trek. Beautiful scenery and great weather combine to make this tour a can't/don't miss if your traveling to the Valley of the Sun!
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Fun informative beautiful
Joyce_S, Apr 2021
Sonoran Desert Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale
Kevin our guide was so informative and shared so much information beautiful sunset. So much fun my granddaughters enjoyed it so much. Saw mustangs and mule deer. Highly enjoyable tour
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Excellent desert hike
Ron_H, Mar 2021
Half-Day Private Reptile Hunting in The Sonoran Desert
David was very knowledgeable about the desert life, plant and animal. Understands the balance of nature and just was very pleasant throughout our desert hike.
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One of kind experience!
Chad_B, Nov 2020
Sonoran Desert Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale
We did not find any critters...but it was still a great experience! Our tour guide Kevin was a wealth of knowledge, easy to talk to and a great guide! Going into the dessert and seeing the everything in light of day and then seeing it again at night...such a fun day. But stopping and watching the sunset in the dessert, the breath taking veiws and the picture opportunities...made this a one of a kind excursion. Highly recommend!
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Night Desert Tour
Laura_V, Mar 2020
Sonoran Desert Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale
Kevin was our tour guide and he was fabulous and very knowledgeable. He found us the perfect spot to stop for a minute and get out and capture the sunset. We saw some wild mustangs, a fox, and a jack rabbit! So glad i booked this! It was just me and my boyfriend, this was not a group tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book your tour in advance. You’ll benefit from a knowledgeable guide while enjoying your perfect desert adventure.

  • As in any desert environment, be sure to bring enough water with you (drinking water is not available) and dress for the weather.

  • Be on the lookout for cacti and snakes.

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How to Get There

There are several points of entry to the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert National Monument is located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Phoenix and 93 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Tucson, Arizona. To get there from Phoenix, follow I-10 West. From Tucson, take I-10 West to I-8 West. Parking is available on-site.

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When to Get There

There are five “seasons” in the Sonoran Desert: spring from February to April; dry summer in May and June; summer monsoon from July to mid-September; fall from mid-September to November; and winter in December and January. The spring and winter months can be a great time to visit; temperatures remain a bit cooler than the blazing heat of summer.

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Indigenous Communities

There are several Native American tribes that have connections to the Sonoran Desert, including Pascua Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Seri, Cocopah, and the Gila River Indian Community. Some tribes welcome visitors to religious ceremonies or other cultural events; just be respectful and refrain from using your camera or phone during these experiences.

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