Phoenix ATTRACTIONS See all

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.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Sedona Red Rock Adventure including Jeep Tour, Phoenix, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Sedona Red Rock Adventure including Jeep Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 230 Reviews

Visit the city of Sedona and experience the beauty this town has to offer. The incredible mountains that Sedona is famous for have long been inspiration to ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.99
Scottsdale Rappelling Adventure, Phoenix, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Scottsdale Rappelling Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

This is a great Scottsdale adventure that allows you to hike to the top to rappel down.  Be the first in your group to lean back and enjoy the views ...  Read more

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

From USD $135.00
Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride, Phoenix, Climbing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 610 Reviews

A hot-air balloon ride over Phoenix is an exhilarating experience, whether at sunrise or sunset (seasonal). After your flight, enjoy a gourmet champagne ...  Read more

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

From USD $178.99
Sonoran Desert Tour from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Balloon Rides
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Sonoran Desert Tour from Scottsdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Take in sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert on this eco and off-road adventure from Scottsdale. Your expert, naturalist guide will provide you with ...  Read more

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Duration: 2- to 4-hours

From USD $104.29
Hummer Night Tour in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Hummer Night Tour in the Sonoran Desert

4.5 star rating: Recommended 144 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
Self-Drive Twilight Tour through the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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
M1009 4x4 Adventure from Phoenix, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

M1009 4x4 Adventure from Phoenix

Are you an adventurer who wants to experience the Great Wide Open without getting rocked right out of your seat? Come experience the Sonoran Desert in a Chevy ...  Read more

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

From USD $108.60
Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix, Phoenix, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Spend the day following the historic Apache Trail on a guided true wilderness adventure. It's a perfect day out in the Sonoran Desert.

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $134.99
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride from Phoenix, Phoenix, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride from Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Make memories you’ll never forget with this 1-hour hot air ballon ride from Phoenix. Groups large and small will enjoy breath-taking 360-degree views as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $159.00
Grand Canyon National Park Aerial Tour from Sedona, Sedona, Balloon Rides
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Grand Canyon National Park Aerial Tour from Sedona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

From Sedona, take a 1.5-hour aerial tour to Grand Canyon National Park. Fly along the South Rim to Oak Creek and past the San Francisco Peaks to the Little ...  Read more

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

From USD $263.29

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message