The Sonoran Desert is a natural marvel. Get off the beaten path with a Jeep tour and access some of the most unique landscapes on earth.
Between them, the Mojave and Sonoran deserts contain much of what makes the USA’s Southwest so wild and fascinating. Stunning vistas are so commonplace they’re practically anticipated after spending even a small amount of time in the country, but venture off the beaten path and you’ll discover ever more unique twists of rock and wellsprings of nature than you could imagine in one place. Below are three cool Jeep tours offering ways to experience the Sonoran Desert in all its glory.
Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset
Departing from Scottsdale, this two-hour Sonoran Desert Jeep tour takes guests off-road into the rugged landscapes to panoramic viewpoints such as of Pinnacle Peak. You’ll also hit the trails in Tonto National Forest, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way. Not only is the Sonoran Desert cooler at sunset, but the changing colors of the atmosphere’s waning light paint the sands as well. This tour usually runs from Mon-Thu. From $133 per person.
Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour
Another fascinating Jeep trip into the Sonoran Desert takes in a range of different sights to sate the curiosity of most people. Learn to pick out certain natural species from the vistas, including the characterful saguaro cacti, and go off-road in Tonto National Forest to search for the wild horses which often hang out near the Verde River. You will also stop by Reata Pass, where the last few ruins of a late-19th-century stagecoach station can still be seen. Departures from Mon-Wed. From $175 per person.
Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour
Out of the Sonoran Desert rises the green oasis of the Tonto National Forest. A number of trails wind through the forest to mountain ranges such as 4 Peaks and the Superstition Mountains, where views over the arid landscape are among the most spectacular in the area. But it’s the way you’ll reach these points that forms the real highlight of this list, riding in a powerful H1 Hummer that can handle even the most challenging terrain with relative ease. The two-hour tour also runs on most days of the year. From $204 per person.