Ready to plan your desert adventures before you arrive?
The newest off road adventure vehicle is the Tomcar®. This sturdy, well-built ATV offers automatic transmission, roll bars and a 4-point harness system for your safety and confidence with a low center of gravity. The Tomcar® is an excellent choice for a full or half day of family fun. Maneuver easily through some of the most rugged terrain the Sonoran Desert has to offer just minutes from the resort. Beginners can take guided tours with an expert who will show you how to trail run, while the more experienced riders can simply use a map and venture off on their own. Either way, don't wear your "Sunday's best"...or anything else you value for that matter! Strap on our helmet and be prepared to "eat some dust".
SONORAN DESERT TRAILRIDES
The best way to see Arizona's natural beauty today is the same as a hundred years ago - on horseback. From the splendor of the Sonoran Desert to the mystery of The Continental Mountains, horseback riding connects you with the land and the spirit of the Wild West. This is an activity you won't soon forget. Sunrise and sunset rides are scheduled daily.
ARIZONA ON THE ROCKS
Visit Arizona's largest indoor climbing gym. This state-of-the-art facility is complete with workout facilities, gear rental and basic instruction for all first time visitors. For the truly adventurous types, blind folded climbing, speed climbing, racing, zip lines and more are available. Groups large and small are easily accommodated and no experience is necessary.
"TOP GUN" FIGHTER COMBAT
Enter simulated air combat with the guidance of experienced air combat pilots. After your mission, take time to visit the International Fighter Pilots Museum next door. This is one chance to be a "Top Gun" - no flight experience necessary...just a true sense of adventure!
WAVE RUNNER JET SKIS
Jet Skiing is available in Carefree year round at Lake Pleasant. We'll arrange all the equipment you'll need for a day on the waves. Rent by the hour or by the day...don't forget your sunscreen!
SOARING OVER THE DESERT
Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the desert from 3,000, 4,000, or 5,000 feet. Soaring is a unique flying experience. Certified instructors at Turf Soaring School have introduced thousands of people to the thrill of "soaring flight" and they're ready to share it with you. After release from tow, your instructor will demonstrate basic flying techniques before turning the controls over to you to experience the freedom of flight.
HARLEY MOTORCYCLE RENTALS
Get your motor running. For many guests, the ultimate way to see the open road is with a motorcycle. Why stop there when you can rent a Harley Davidson and cruise in style? With dozens of models to choose from, there is a hog for you.
Ride the range and help Arizona ranchers with the round up while living your fantasy of being a cowboy! You'll be a cowboy or cowgirl in no time - just like the movie "City Slickers." Cowboy cookouts from a real chuck wagon are also available.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime. No experience is necessary to take a tandem flight with an experienced Instructor who will guide you through the entire jump. Strap on a 'chute and hop aboard. Flights leave hourly for this adrenaline filled adventure. Interested in flying solo? If so, you can become certified in just one day.
GLIDING IN THE DESERT
Yes you can! Take an amazing glide through our blue skies in a glider. An airplane tows you into the air, then you are released and your pilot takes over to glide on the updrafts and thermals. Enjoy silent cruising with scenic and aerobatic flights.
MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE
Explore the desert at your own pace on two wheels. Preferred paths and landmarks will be provided to allow you to create your own adventure by getting out and exploring the desert first-hand.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
See the desert from a unique perspective 500 to 1000 feet above the ground in a 50'-70' foot tall balloon. Sunrise desert balloon flights are offered early mornings all year long, and evening sunset flights from November to March. All flights end with a celebratory champagne toast, continental breakfast, and in-flight videos and celebratory packages are also available. You won't reach the world record altitude (64,997 feet) this time, but the views are exceptional and you will appreciate why this is one of the most requested activities in Arizona. An excellent adventure for a special occasion or engagement proposal!
DESERT SCUBA DIVING
It's no mirage - there really is such a thing! Desert Scuba Diving at one of our beautiful local lakes is possible year-round. With PADI instructors as your guides, you can even get certified! Dive into the desert and enjoy one of the most unique activities in Arizona.
SEDONA HELICOPTER TOURS
You will see Sedona's famous Red Rocks, descend into spectacular canyons, and explore ancient Sinagua Indian ruins on this panoramic helicopter tour. Scheduled hourly all year round, these unique tours depart from the Sedona Airport in state-of-the-art helicopters designed specifically for sightseeing. Tours are narrated by expert pilot guides.
DESERT JEEP & HUMMER TOURS
Jump on board a 4x4 Jeep and head out into the great Sonoran Desert with an expert guide. You'll see beautiful desert trails and unique gardens while you learn about how the Native Americans survived on the plant life surrounding you and you may even get to try your hand at firing an authentic six-shooter. Expect bumps and exhilarating views.
Arizona is home to some world-class crags. Take a guided trek to amazing routes on the cliffs in Sedona or Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. If you want more, ask about a Cayoneering adventure through these same areas. Gear up and get it on. Serious experienced climbers only please.
SELF GUIDED MOUNTAIN TRAIL HIKES
Carefree and Cave Creek are home to prehistoric ruins, unique ecosystems and our signature Saguaro Cacti. Self guided tours to local sites such as Spur Cross Recreation Area, Black Mountain, Cave Creek Conservation Area and many others are easily accessible.