Guided Trips & Adventures

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Arizona Outback Adventures offers a variety of activities and services from backpacking in California’s Yosemite National Park to renting a bike and cruising the canals in Scottsdale, Arizona.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call at 1-866-455-1601, perhaps we can create a custom adventure for you!

 

Hiking

Multi-Day Guided Hiking Vacations

Immerse yourself in the Southwest’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Hike Rim to Rim in Grand Canyon National Park, swim beneath the towering blue waterfalls of Havasupai, visit the world famous Phantom Ranch, or explore Utah’s Escalante National Monument. Our multi-day hiking trips have options for comfortable camping, rugged backpacking, or staying overnight in a cozy lodge. Take a look at our scheduled trips or ask about creating a custom itinerary just for you. See details.

Half-Day Hiking Tour

Explore the Sonoran Desert of central and southern Arizona with a morning or afternoon of hiking in Phoenix’s incredible mountain parks and preserves. But it’s never just a walk in the park, your expert outdoor guide will share interesting facts and fun stories about the diverse plant and animal life that call the desert home. See details.

 

Backpacking

Guided Grand Canyon Backpacking Trips

Embark on a guided backpacking trip and the adventure of a lifetime with Arizona Outback Adventures. Entertain your longing to explore and discover with your expert guide on hand to answer your many curious questions about the flora, fauna and landscape around.

A guided backpacking trip is an excellent way to become acquainted with a more demanding level of outdoor adventuring or to explore a new and unfamiliar wilderness region. Choose from one of our guided backpacking trip itineraries in Arizona and explore the wonders of the Grand Canyon.  See details.

Yosemite Backpacking Trips

Explore the backcountry of Yosemite National Park on a guided backpacking trip with AOA! Yosemite offers rugged wilderness hiking through glacier-carved valleys, epic views of towering granite walls, crisp alpine lakes, and restful relaxation beneath a starry night sky.

A guided backpacking trip in Yosemite is an excellent way to become acquainted with a more demanding level of outdoor adventuring or to explore a new and unfamiliar wilderness region. Choose from one of two backpacking itineraries exploring Yosemite, one with the option to summit iconic Half Dome! See details.

Superstition Wilderness Backpacking

Only one hour away from bustling Phoenix, are miles and miles of incredible hiking trails that locals consider the best backpacking in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The Superstition Mountains Wilderness offers towering Saguaro cactus, boulder-filled canyons and soaring, jagged peaks. See details.

 

Mountain Biking

3-Day Classic Arizona Mountain Bike

Winter is a wonderful time to visit the desert. When the weather is cold and rainy or snowy across the rest of North America, it is perfect in the Sonoran Desert. Escape for a weekend of mountain biking on world-class singletrack with expert guides to lead you, feed you, and share interesting facts and stories about the desert as you sit around the campfire each night. See details.

Half-Day Mountain Biking Tour

Meet at our Scottsdale bike rental shop or we’ll pick you up at your hotel for a few hours of riding on some of the best mountain bike trails in Scottsdale. Our guided half-day tours are great for all skill-levels from beginner to expert. We’ll choose the right trails for you, provide all equipment, snacks, and safety instruction and our guides will lead you out for some two-wheeled fun. See details.

Self-Guided Scottsdale and Sedona Mountain Bike Tour

7 days, 6 nights: While your local trails are snow covered, join us for saguaros, sunshine, Sedona and singletrack! This self-guided mountain bike trip begins in the Sonoran Desert with a wide variety of trails to suit intermediate to advanced riders, then transfers to Sedona to finish out the week. See details.

 

Road Biking

Tucson & the Old West Cycling Tour

When you feel like winter’s icy grip will never let go, reward yourself with a cycling trip to Southern Arizona. You will be amazed by the mighty saguaro cactus, lush green vineyards, sparkling lakes, and wild west lore, not to mention incredible miles. See details.

Death Valley to Las Vegas Cycling Tour

Death Valley’s wide byways travel far above and even below sea level, delving into the heart of the American West’s extraordinary Basin and Range country. Explore wild desert roads punctuated by picturesque sand dunes, challenging climbs, and relaxing dark sky evenings. See details.

Zion to Las Vegas Cycling Tour

Explore some of the most unique canyons in the world with towering red cliffs and sweeping valleys. This road cycling journey will provide you with an intimate experience of world-famous Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Valley of Fire State Park, and Lake Mead! See details.

Haute Route Rockies Cycling Challenge

Looking for your next big cycling event? Here it is, the first Haute Route challenge on American soil. Visit the mountain mecca of Colorado for a bucketlist cycling adventure designed exclusively for amateur cyclists of the highest level.  See details.

Bryce, Zion, and Escalante Cycling

See Southern Utah from a whole new perspective while pedaling through verdant valleys and mystical rock formations. This 5-day cycling trip includes comfortable base-camping each night and exciting daily adventures on the bike and on foot led by expert guides. See details.

Custom Multi-Day Road Bike Trip

We create personalized road cycling vacations in locations across the Southwest. Take a look at our sample itineraries for inspiration and choose from one of the many locations where we frequently travel. Winter? – try Death Valley. Summer? – pedal the incredible red roads of Southern Utah. See details.

Half-Day Road Biking Tour

Take a tour of Scottsdale’s excellent road bike routes. Our guides are avid cyclists who will choose the best road ride for your skill level whether you’re training for your next Grand Tour or simply looking to stretch your legs. See details.

Scottsdale Neighborhood Bike Tour

Our network of paved bike paths follows along canals and winding greenways through some of Scottsdale’s most beautiful neighborhoods. These tours can be adapted for all skill levels and are a wonderful way to get some exercise on your family vacation. See details.

 

Rafting

Half-Day River Rafting Trips

Guided rafting trips on the Lower Salt River outside the Phoenix area. A fun group activity and a great way to cool off in the desert heat. Rafting is one of our most family-friendly outdoor activities. Float along through a desert oasis, keep a look-out for wildlife – bald eagles and wild horses often make an appearance! See details.

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Half-Day SUP Tour

Get ready to walk on water!  Join us and experience the desert from a thrilling new perspective  while on the deck of a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP).  Our guided paddle board tour features the excitement and ease of paddling a SUP on the gentle Lower Salt River, exploring the beautiful, one of a kind Sonoran Desert and the river environment

 

Kayaking

Half-Day Guided Kayaking Tour

An exhilarating river adventure for the more intrepid explorer. Be your own pilot as you paddle alongside your expert river guide while kayaking in Arizona on the Lower Verde River or Lower Salt River. Kayaking gets you closer to the water and the wildlife, providing a unique view of the desert as the river carries you along. See details.

 

Adventure Vacations Tour Calendar

AOA operates guided hiking and backpacking tours under permit by the Tonto National Forest.

 

Self-Guided Adventure Options

Self-Guided Cycling

AOA offers self-guided cycling and hiking tours exploring the beauty of the American Southwest.

Bike Rental & Route Planning

Our bike rental fleet has bikes for every type of rider. Choose from high-performance race-ready road bikes, full or front-suspension mountain bikes, or upright hybrids and comfort bikes. We even have bikes for children or tag-alongs and trailers for smaller children so the whole family can ride together. See details.