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Guided UTV Sand Buggy Tour Scottsdale - 2 Person Vehicle in Sonoran Desert

Scottsdale, United States

From $220.00

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


When visiting the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, this is an exciting off-road/racing styled adventure in Arizona's Sonoran Desert you won't want to miss! With a guide, drive through some of the finest off-road trails, washes, and hillsides aboard a sand buggy for an adrenaline-filled adventure.
  • Drive a desert car off-road in the Sonoran Desert
  • Enjoy the beautiful desert scenery and look out for wildlife
  • Convenient meet-up location near Scottsdale
  • Guide handle navigation so you can relax

What's Included

  • U-Drive ATV Tour
  • Safety equipment including goggles and helmet
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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What To Expect

Not far from Scottsdale, Arizona, have fun on desert trails as you drive your own ATV with an experienced guide along for the ride, with key advice and top-notch instruction in this fun and safe excursion.

Outfitted with goggles and a helmet, make your way along sandy washes and rocky creek beds, eventually crossing ridge lines for a bird’s eye view of the Sonoran Desert. Drive a "C2" Desert car, which is a 2-seat vehicle with a roll cage and seatbelts.

Important Note: Each booking must have 2 people.

Tonto National Forest

The beautiful Sonoran Desert awaits as your clipping along in a 400cc, 2 seated Sand Buggy. This is no boring ATV tour! Rock gardens, desert washes and water crossing awaits. Adrenaline junkies wanted!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Minimum age for drivers is 16 years
  • 2 people per buggy
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Weight restriction per buggy is 400 pounds
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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51 reviews
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Fun and beautiful
Michele_T, Jun 2021
It was hot and dusty, but the trail was fun and the scenery was beautiful! Would definitely recommend!
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thank you for the Awesome 5 star review and for choosing Desert Dog Offroad for your offroad adventure! We hope you can join us on the trails again!
The experience was great....
Mary_M, Sep 2022
The experience was great. I would have loved to of known the price difference booking through this party ahead of time. You can book directly via Desert Dog for $299/buggy instead of $220/person through this website.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you!
Desert Dogs
Thomas_G, Apr 2022
Seeing the desert from a different perspective. Getting to drive a dune buggy is different! Sharing the experience with my wife.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for the Awesome review!
This was very exciting because you...
Kristi H, Feb 2013
This was very exciting because you get to drive your own Desert Car and we went quite fast. The biggest downfall was the tour guide not very friendly, nor organized. During our tour we unfortunately had a flat tire, they did not have a patch nor spare to fix on trail, which according to terrain must happen periodically so had to cut the whole ride short. The guide put blame on the driver for not driving in the exact trail that he was but closer to the back it was very dusty, they were moving quickly and you had to pick your trail, I do not believe it was a total driver fault, for accidents like this happen to the best of us. The tour could have continued if the guides were prepared. This could have been a blast for the terrain is quite rugged, they do move fast and go through water, so be prepared to get wet and dirty and have fun!
Getting our UTV desert on!
Talan_K, Jul 2022
Driving through the desert with all its beauty and having the experience for the first time! We would definitely recommend this excursion.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the 5 star review! Hope to see you again on the trails!
Horrible experience
Palmer_M, Apr 2022
Overall it was a good experience but at the end we got accused of damaging the door on one of the vehicles. Don was very rude when asked how it was damage he gave no answer. I asked what’s the next step if you believe we did this, no answer and then he walked away. He then explained the passenger door was broken because it would not close all the way. I explain it was like that when we got in because he also accused us of hitting something while on the trip when we had done everything during the trip which was asked and I had never hit anything. I showed Don when we got into the vehicle the door needed to be pulled to close. He told me I should have known the door closes on its own and I should of told him it was like that before we left like I was supposed to do that. The door closed so I assumed it was fine. Checking to see if the vehicle is damaged before we leave is Don’s job and it was not done before properly making us being held accountable. It ruined a good trip and we won’t be coming back or suggesting it to anyone else
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you
The crew at Desert Dog...
Dakota_H, Dec 2021
The crew at Desert Dog Adventures was professional from start to finish. AMAZING, FUN, and muddy! I recommend
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Great review! Thank you for visiting with us and hope to see you again!
A must do tour
Beth_C, Mar 2022
It was beautiful and a lot of fun. The guides were very nice. We felt safe the entire time. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for the 5 star review!
Incredible time!
Paul_P, Dec 2021
My wife and I had a blast. Luke was great. Very knowledgeable about the area. It was my wife's birthday and she really enjoyed herself. We loved it so much we are thinking about buyer our own ATV.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you for the great review and Happy Birthday again!
Our desert car tour was great! The...
Leslie T, Aug 2012
Our desert car tour was great! The cars were fun to drive and felt very safe and stable. The guides were helpful and polite and were concerned about our safety. It was a unique way to see the desert landscape. I was frustrated with two items about booking through Viator. I received my confirmation and printed my voucher. Only on the day of my tour did I see that I was supposed to contact the vendor directly to confirm. Viator should have made this more clear on the confirmation. Luckily, we were still booked for the tour. If we had contacted them we might have found out that the meeting place was different than the Viator information said. Also, the confirmation said the tour left at 8:00 am in the summer but the tour operator was prepared for 9:30. We waited an hour and a half.
Fun ride and easy to do
Dane_C, Mar 2022
This ride was fun and unusual as we've never done it before. The trail was bumpy and often mogul-like, which meant that our speed was 10-15 mph. When the trail smoothed out, we got up to 25. The buggy is a bare-bones vehicle converted from a 400 cc quad cycle, It's easy to drive with most of the time only needing to use the gas pedal, but with the simple linkage steering and bumpy road, you have to hang on pretty tight to the steering wheel. I really wanted a little more open driving and faster speed, so if you're a newbie in for a bit of a thrill, this ride is for you. They give you helmets and bring along water and a little snack. If you want a real challenge in driving, then this ride is not for you. It kinda reminded me of other tours I've been on, like Downhill Bike ride on Maui and snowmobile tour in Tahoe, where the tour leader makes sure that everybody keeps up, which is pretty tame.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for the review!
Great outdoor adventure
Amanda_H, Oct 2021
This was an amazing adventure I really enjoyed it!! Ryan and Spencer are super nice and made the ride very enjoyable. Spencer had so much knowledge about the area.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review! Hope to go off-roading with you again!
Wasn't much of a site seeing trip as...
Glen M, Apr 2013
Wasn't much of a site seeing trip as you could not see anything but dust. The crew were very professional and overall a good experience.


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