Hiking and Mountain Biking During Summers in Phoenix

Hiking and Mountain Biking During Summers in Phoenix

 
Summer Hiking & Mtn Biking in Phoenix AZ
The Wild Bunch Desert Guides want to deliver your best-ever vacation adventure, and that means guiding you along the correct path every step of the way.
 
So, every year between June 1 and Oct. 1, the Wild Bunch join the entire Arizona adventure tour industry in adopting special summer hours.
 
The reason is simple. The summertime heat in the Valley of the Sun dangerously skyrockets to triple digits. Vigorous physical activities in those Sonoran Desert temperatures should be avoided.
 
So, to safeguard our guests from the risks of dehydration and even more severe heat-related illnesses, the Wild Bunch limits start times of guided hiking and mountain biking adventures during the heat of the Arizona summer.
 
That means for guided half-day hiking or mountain biking adventures (3-4 hours), whether going solo or in a group, the start time must be 6 a.m. -- with a 5:30 a.m. pickup.
 
For 90-minute to 2-hour guided hiking or mountain biking, whether going solo or in a group, the LATEST start time is a 7 a.m. "meet at the trail" option. The LATEST pickup time is 6:30 a.m.
 
The hiking or mountain biking tours are certainly welcome to start earlier if desired to help avoid the heat.
 
Starting early enough to witness a gorgeous Arizona sunrise is an accommodation the Wild Bunch can make -- just understand that any pickups are half-an-hour before any adventure start time.
 
Otherwise, these special summer start times are NON-NEGOTIABLE for later in the day because the temperatures normally become too hot after 10 a.m.
 
Sunset tour options are limited as well and completely dependent on any pottery kiln-level temperatures. Please call (602) 663-0842 for possible Sunset tour meeting times.

For Camelback Mountain hiking, that means start times of 6 a.m. (online) or earlier (if guests call direct to 602-663-0842) from Monday to Friday.
 
Any Camelback Mountain hiking on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) requires a call to book (602-663-0842) due to the popularity.

There are no "2X The Fun" hiking and mountain biking combo tours available, because that experience cannot start early enough to avoid the treacherous heat after 10 a.m.

Click here for hiking-only options June 1 to Oct. 1
Click here for mountain biking-only options June 1 to Oct. 1.
 
The 2X The Fun" combo experience returns Oct. 2.

For more details about Arizona's summertime conditions, please read our "Beat the Heat" Blog.

 

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Thinking about scheduling a hike or bike ride with Wild Bunch Desert Guides, just do it and you won't be disappointed. My 15-year-old son wanted to do something different for Christmas Day 2019 and I am glad that we did. Even though he finished the trail ride, and I did not, we still had quite a memorable experience with Laurel and Tommy, company owner and lead instructor for the tour, respectively. They are second to none if you're serious about having the adventure of a lifetime.

- Antonio O.

Matt was our guide. He did an excellent job of judging our fitness and our level of interest in information about the area. He was very willing to answer questions. Best of all he gave us a great hike that we could not have done or fully appreciated on our own. The pace was not too slow or too fast and was a little bit challenging all the way. He was well prepared and brought all the supplies we needed. I showed up with only good sneakers and a hat. Someone let on that it was my birthday and when we got to the summit, he even had a birthday snack for me. I like doing tours while traveling and this was a good one. Well worth it as a private for two people. I would do another one of their tours or a second route on this same Sonora Desert hike through Squaw Peak.

- Ben A.

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