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Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert is a 100,000 square mile (260,000 square kilometers) arid region in North America that stretches across large portions of Arizona, California, and the northwest Mexican states of Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. Although it is the hottest of the four North American deserts, its distinct bimodal rainfall (raining heavily both in the summer and winter) makes the region extremely biologically developed and diverse. The Sonoran Desert is home to some of the most unique animal and plant life in North America, many of which cannot be found anywhere else. For example, the only remaining jaguar population in the United States (estimated between 80 to 120 jaguars), can be found in the Sonoran Desert. Other more well-known animals include roadrunners, gila monsters, cactus wren, and desert bighorn sheep.


Plants and animals are not the only life that thrives in the Soronan Desert. The desert maintains a rich Native American culture and is home to numerous tribes, including Pascua Yaqui, Seri, and the Gila River Indian Community. In addition, its warm winters attract a large resort and tourist population. Cities such as Palm Springs, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Phoenix are growing rapidly each year. Activities such as hiking, camping, and off-roading are extremely popular and are a great way to experience the desert’s majesty first-hand.

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride from Phoenix, Phoenix, null
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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride from Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Check your bucket list with a one-hour hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert in North Phoenix, Arizona. Groups large and small will experience ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
Hummer Night Tour in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, Balloon Rides
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Hummer Night Tour in the Sonoran Desert

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Experience the Sonoran Desert in a way few get to see it. Enter the desert after sundown as the creatures of the night stir. Let your informative and ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From USD $134.99
Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Sonoran Desert

Enjoy a scenic hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert while touring the majestic views of the surrounding Phoenix metro valley. See sights such as the ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $178.99
U-Drive Desert Car Tour in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, Balloon Rides
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U-Drive Desert Car Tour in the Sonoran Desert

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

You and your tour guide will drive through some of the finest off road trails, washes, woops and hillsides. This is an exciting off-road/racing styled ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

From USD $147.49
Sonoran Desert Adventure from Phoenix, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Sonoran Desert Adventure from Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Marvel at breathtaking desert views on this morning adventure in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Explore the sprawling landscape of rugged mountains, cactus and ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.79
Self-Drive Twilight Tour through the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, Half-day Tours
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Self-Drive Twilight Tour through the Sonoran Desert

Experience the thrill of driving your own desert buggy through the Sonoran Desert on this exclusive twilight expedition near Phoenix! Discover the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.99

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