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Call of the Wild

This itinerary is for explorers who like to feel sun on their skin and dirt beneath their boots (or bike tires). You'll get moving. You'll get wet. You'll get amazing photos.


Day 1: Easy Phoenix hikes

Ease into your desert adventure with some easy-to-moderate trails.

Papago Park
Papago Park


Day 2: Guided adventure

  • Let the outdoor experts at Arizona Outback Adventures guide you through a day in the Sonoran Desert. With their customizable full-day tours, you can hit the trails on two legs or two wheels in the morning, then raft or kayak the Salt River in the afternoon.

salt river rafting


Day 3: Hike an iconic Phoenix peak

Now that you're plenty warmed up, it's time to conquer one of our iconic peaks.

  • Camelback Mountain can be scaled by either the Echo Canyon or Cholla trails, while Piestewa Peak's summit trail is the only way to the top. The peak trails at both mountains are very popular and can be crowded during peak seasons. The trails are also rated as difficult, so inexperienced hikers may want to consider less-strenuous options, especially during Phoenix's warmest months.

camelback mountain trail
Camelback Mountain


Day 4: Explore with a tour company

  • Kick up your feet and let someone else do the driving or rafting or flying the final day. The knowledgeable guides at local tour companies can allow you to experience the desert by jeep, Hummer, raft, hot air balloon, Segway and more.

pink jeep tours scottsdale
Pink Jeep Tours