While casting about for a post-college sport after my fastpitch softball career was over, mountain biking pulled me in more than any of the other extreme thrills biding for my time. So, my Wild Bunch Desert Guides is a perfect extension of my passion for life behind a set of handlebars, and I absolutely LOVE any chance to expose guests to my sport-of-choice with Phoenix mountain bike tours. However, when guests are asking about a large group activity in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix hiking tours are the better choice – primarily because everybody is travelling at a similar speed and sharing the same superb experience.
Advantages of a Hiking Guide in Phoenix
When hiking the beautiful trails of Arizona, you'll want a hiking guide with the experience to make your hiking adventure a memorable experience. Seeing the Sonoran Desert on foot is truly an intimate experience when led by professional guides who know every inch of the trails. Day tours in the Valley of the Sun are the ultimate hiking adventure. You'll get to experience the Sonoran Desert's unique ecosystem that hasn't changed much from the wild west days.
Desert LifeHiking in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona is a magical experience. Some deserts are just sand, wind, and many miles of nothingness. Not the Sonoran Desert; it's uniquely vibrant with plants, wildlife, and even water. Not all deserts are arid and absent of water. It rains quite often in the Sonoran. The rainwater may quickly evaporate on the surface, but it nourishes the plant life below ground. Saguaros, barrel cactuses, and branching chollas thrive in the Sonoran, along with 2,000 other types of plant species. The Sonoran Desert not only has lush plants and flowers, but it has wildlife, such as chuckwallas, lizards, foxes, and coyotes.
The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful area but can be unkind on occasion. You don't want to head home from your vacation with a sunburn and Saguaro spines. That's why you need an experienced guide to lead you on your full-day tour hike in the desert or mountains.
Desert DangersHaving a Phoenix hiking tour guide as your companion as you explore will help keep you safe. Every year hikers underestimate the heat, how much water to bring on the hike and suffer heat stroke and dehydration. Having an experienced hiking guide means you won't run out of water on the trail.
And the wildlife here includes scorpions and rattlesnakes which you'll get a kick out of seeing, but you'll want to keep your distance while admiring how well they've adapted to life in the desert. Oh and those pin cushion cactus that look so soft... not so much... don't touch!
What You'll Need To BringTo start your guided Arizona Desert tour, you'll need to bring a few things with you, such as:
Clothing - Hiking is an activity that'll make you sweat. So, materials that wick moisture are recommended, and having an SPF is even better. Sleeves are great for blocking the sun.
Shoes - Hiking shoes or boots are a plus for a hiking tour that will cover some pretty rocky trails.
Headwear - A hat will do just fine for hiking the trails from start to finish: the wider the brim, the better.
Eyewear - Sunglasses will make the sun more tolerable while hiking.
Sunscreen - This is an absolute must. Remember that most sunscreens have an absorption time, so make sure to slather it on in plenty of time beforehand to keep yourself from turning lobster red.
Bottled water - Water is also something to have on hand. Staying hydrated during active excursions is vital.
Wild Bunch offers the use of backpacks that have been stocked with hiking necessities. You can use the one we provide or one that you've brought with you.
On a guided tour, you can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, AZ, to create a memorable Sonoran Desert experience. When taking the sunset tour, you can meet your guide at the trail or request a hotel pickup at 3:30 p.m.