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Tonto National Forest Tours and Activities

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Encompassing about 3 million acres (1,214,057 hectares), the Tonto National Forest is the country’s fifth-largest forest. The altitude ranges from 1,300 to 7,900 feet (396 to 2,408 meters), allowing for diverse flora, fauna and landscapes throughout. In fact, while in one part of the forest you might find a cactus-filled desert, in another you’ll walk through rugged mountain dotted with pines. You’ll also find beautiful lake beaches for peaceful relaxation and aquatic pursuits.

The main reason people visit Tonto National Forest is the outdoor recreation. There are eight wilderness areas in Tonto National Forest, including Four Peaks Wilderness, Hell's Gate Wilderness, Mazatzal Wilderness, Salome Wilderness, Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic Area, Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Sierra Ancha Wilderness and Superstition Wilderness. Each of these offers its own unique experiences. For example, while the Four Peaks Wilderness Area is known for its Four Peaks landmark and 16 designated hiking trails totaling about 40 miles (64 kilometers), the Salt River Canyon Wilderness is where experienced white water rafters go.

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Tonto Basin, Arizona, 85553
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Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset
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Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset

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Scottsdale’s 2020 #1 ranked TripAdvisor outdoor activity. Our rigorous Sunset Desert Jeep Tour is a bumpy off-road sightseeing tour through the scenic trails of the Tonto National Forest, connected to Scottsdale, Arizona. Experience a world-famous Arizona sunset (weather dependent) as our professional tour guides teach you about the Sonoran desert flora, fauna, and Native American history. At sunset, we will stop at our panoramic lookout point overseeing the historic Great Western Trail. Vehicles used: Modified open-air Jeep Gladiator (14 seats) and Jeep YJ (7 seats). Total duration of this tour ranges from 2 to 3 hours depending on the time of year. Confirm the exact end time with your tour guide before the tour. Off-Road Jeep Adventures is a special recreation permit-holder through the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Cave Creek Ranger District.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Private Scottsdale Off-Road Jeep Tour
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Private Scottsdale Off-Road Jeep Tour

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Enjoy unparalleled access to the Sonoran Desert’s rugged terrain and dramatic landscapes: this private, half-day Jeep tour makes it easy to explore the region. Pick a departure time that works best for you, meet your guide at your Scottsdale hotel, and hit the trail. You’ll go off-road to get the most up-close perspective on the scenery, including the Tonto National Forest, Pinnacle Peak Park, the Verde River, and other desert highlights.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Sonoran Desert 2 Hour Guided ATV Adventure

Sonoran Desert 2 Hour Guided ATV Adventure

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Take a rip through the desert on four wheels. Your adventure guide knows all the best trails in the area and---after a safety orientation and quick lesson in ATV driving, you’ll be off on an adventure of your own. This tour is a great way to explore the vast Sonoran Desert and have fun with some new friends.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour

Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour

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Discover some of Arizona’s most dramatic desert scenery—and get up close and personal with the sights—on this off-road Jeep excursion. Following morning or afternoon departure from Scottsdale, travel with your guide into the desert via Tonto National Forest, and head to highlights like Pinnacle Peak Park and the Verde River. As you go, your guide will point out the plant and animal species that call the region home.
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  • 3 hours
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$175.00
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Sonoran Desert Guided UTV Adventure

Sonoran Desert Guided UTV Adventure

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Tour the desert outside Phoenix in an extreme new way. This private tour gives you the use of a side by side off-road vehicle that seats up to four passengers. This isn’t just the road less traveled… go where there isn’t any road at all. Spend half the day going at your own pace, whether you are craving speed, or just looking for a new way to experience the desert.
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  • 2 hours
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ATV Sand Buggy Tour Scottsdale - 2 Person Vehicle

ATV Sand Buggy Tour Scottsdale - 2 Person Vehicle

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When visiting the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, this is an exciting off-road/racing styled adventure in Arizona's Sonoran Desert you won't want to miss! With a guide, drive through some of the finest off-road trails, washes, and hillsides aboard a sand buggy for an adrenaline-filled adventure.
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  • 2 hours
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Sonoran Desert H1 Hummer Adventure
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Sonoran Desert H1 Hummer Adventure

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The rugged landscape of the Superstition Mountains is not easily conquered, but accessing the dry, cactus-laden desert trails is no problem if you’re riding in a Hummer H1. This extreme adventure gives you a serious adrenaline rush as your guide hurtles you down the Bulldog Canyon trail, enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the desert back country.
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Sonoran Desert 2 Hours Guided UTV Adventure

Sonoran Desert 2 Hours Guided UTV Adventure

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This fun and adventurous tour offers a unique way to explore the Sonoran Desert. The UTV is perfect for a family to hit the sandy trails. See Saguaro, barrel and prickly pear cactus as well as dozens of other plant life. You may even spot a bald eagle or a mule deer! This is a great way to see the beautiful Sonoran Desert while having the adventure of a lifetime!
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  • 2 hours
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Monument Valley Air and Ground Tour from Phoenix
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Monument Valley Air and Ground Tour from Phoenix

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See more of Arizona's stunning natural beauty on a comprehensive full-day tour by air and land that culminates in Monument Valley. Enjoy a scenic flight from Phoenix over Tonto National Forest, Sedona, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, before landing near Monument Valley. Then take a four-wheel drive tour with a Navajo guide to explore Monument Valley and the Navajo Tribal Park. After the 1.5-hour ground tour, try Navajo tacos for lunch before taking in more views on your return flight to Phoenix.
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  • 8 hours
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Scottsdale U-Drive ATV Sand Buggy Adventure

Scottsdale U-Drive ATV Sand Buggy Adventure

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Desert Dog Offroad has been offering guided desert tours for over 22 years! What’s better than driving a custom-built 400cc 2-seat desert buggy over cool terrain with your best bud by your side? How about having a guide to lead the way so you don’t get lost and die! Ha ha ha, no but really… Anyways our customer reviews on this tour are through the roof! This isn’t some slow-speed, single file ATV tour. This is a smile-a-second ride through super-cool desert track; rock gardens, sandy washes, twisty canyons, and technical two track. Desert Dog Offroad brings the buggies, helmets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. You bring you and see why this is the funnest desert tour out there! Minimum of 2 people per buggy is required.
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  • 2 hours
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Classic Salt River Raft Trip

Classic Salt River Raft Trip

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Spend a day rafting on the Salt River with this day trip from Phoenix. Your day begins with a safety orientation and rafting lesson. It’s okay if you are a beginner, the excursion starts off gently and the guides are there to help. Stop for a riverside lunch before conquering some white-water rapids to finish off this fun-filled day.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-Day Salt River Raft Trip

Half-Day Salt River Raft Trip

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If you’re traveling with kids or hesitant to give white-water rafting a try, this mild Salt River Canyon rafting trip is the perfect choice. Your guide provides all of the instruction and safety information needed for a stress-free trip. Plus, this beginner-friendly tour only requires a half-day commitment—choose to extend at the halfway point if you’re having a good time.
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  • 3 hours
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Raft & Camp

Raft & Camp

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An easy drive from Phoenix to Arizona's other "Grand Canyon". Enjoy a fun filled day of whitewater rafting and while others drive back to the city you set up camp next to the river as the guides prepare dinner and a beautiful evening by the fire watching the stars overhead. Less than 3 miles from the highway our camp can be accessed by any vehicle which makes for some very comfortable camping as you can bring whatever you like.
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  • 1 day 12 hours
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Wilderness Salt River Raft Trip

Wilderness Salt River Raft Trip

Raft through wild rapids and sleep under the stars on this 3-day rafting trip of the Salt River Canyon. Guides provide instruction that helps you safely navigate runs, plus personalized attention thanks to small groups of just 11 people or fewer. All meals are included as per itinerary with dietary concerns met upon request, and rental camping gear is available to ensure a hassle-free trip.
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  • 3 days
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Phoenix, 2 Person U Drive ATV Sand Buggy Adventure

Phoenix, 2 Person U Drive ATV Sand Buggy Adventure

While visiting the Phoenix area, what’s better than driving a custom-built 2-seated ATV Sand Buggy over cool terrain with your best bud by your side? How about having a guide to lead the way so you don’t get lost! Our customer reviews on this tour are through the roof! This isn’t some slow-speed, single file ATV tour. This is a smile-a-second ride through super-cool desert track; rock gardens, sandy washes, twisty canyons, and technical two track. We bring the buggies, the helmets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. You bring you and see why Desert Dog Offroad Adventures is the funnest desert tour operator in the Phoenix area! Minimum of 2 people per buggy is required.
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  • 2 hours
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2-Hour Private Bronco Desert Adventure Scottsdale / Phoenix with Licensed Guide

2-Hour Private Bronco Desert Adventure Scottsdale / Phoenix with Licensed Guide

For over 22 years, we have been the leader in guided desert offroad adventures!. Sit back and relax as you experience the excitement of a 2021 Ford Bronco in the Sonoran Desert! This unique experience is the only one offered in Arizona and not to be missed. Join us as one of our experienced guides takes you off-roading in the Sonoran Desert in a 2021 Brand new Ford Bronco!
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  • 2 hours
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Should I book Tonto National Forest tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tonto National Forest can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Tonto National Forest 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tonto National Forest costs USD 125.00. Guided Tonto National Forest tours start around USD 125.00 per person.
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