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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Hummer Night Tour in the Sonoran Desert

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 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

U-Drive ATV Tour in the Sonoran Desert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Put yourself in the driver's seat as you explore the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale on a high quality Bombardier ATV, following the desert trails through ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.49

Sonoran Desert Off-Road Jeep Tour with Optional Cowboy Experience

Go on a thrilling off-road expedition into the stark and stunning Sonoran Desert in Arizona on this morning or afternoon tour. Ride up steep canyons and over ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 to 6 hours

From USD $85.99

Sonoran Desert Adventure from Phoenix

Marvel at breathtaking desert views and interact with rescued wildlife on this morning adventure in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Explore the sprawling landscape ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Segway Tour of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Arizona desert by Segway at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix! This sprawling desert oasis of the Marriott Resort ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.89

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

Sonoran Desert Tomcar Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Hit the Sonoran Desert in a Tomcar, a new high-performance all-terrain vehicle! These military-style off-road Tomcars are similar to dune buggies or rally ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.29

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

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