Spend a family-friendly day in the Wild West at Fort McDowell, where acres of pristine Arizonan landscape play host to western adventures with something for everybody! The premier outdoor activity venue in Arizona, Fort McDowell features six activity options, from nature walks and trail rides to cattle drives and Segway tours.
- Family friendly
- Ideal choice for families
Fort McDowell, featured on the TV show The Amazing Race, offers fun, family-friendly activities just a short drive from Scottsdale. Get out of the city and travel to the foothills of Arizona to take part in an afternoon adventure in the Wild West!
Choose from six adventures (all are 1.5- to 2-hours each):
- City Slicker Cattle Drive: Drive cattle through the Sonoran desert.
- Desert Belle Cruise: Enjoy a 1.5-hour sunset cruise with live music on Saguaro Lake.
- Segway Tour: Explore the Sonoran desert on a personal Segway, one of the Fort McDowell’s most popular activities.
- Tomcar Ride: Have fun driving through the desert on this 1.5-hour tour through the desert.
- Verde River Kayak: See wild mustangs, bald eagles and other wildlife as you paddle down the Verde River on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, an Indian reservation.
- Yavapai Experience: Learn about the Yavapai Indians on a cultural nature walk. Enjoy Yavapai frybread and interact with tribe members.
- Verde River Trail Ride: Enjoy a horseback trail ride through the flowing Verde River.
- Yavapai Nation Jeep Tour: Have a blast on a Jeep tour through the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and learn the history of the Yavapai people.
When your chosen adventure ends, enjoy a wiener roast, cocktails and live entertainment at Fort McDowell’s Friday Night Franks, a unique cowboy cookout in the Sonoran desert! Play a round of horseshoes or corn hole, go for a wagon ride and roast marshmallows on the fire.
Yavapai Nation at Fort McDowell
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Departure Point:Fort McDowell
- 4pm to 7pm
Please note: Activities are seasonal and operate on select Fridays from September 7 to May 24, 2013.
Return Details:Returns to original departure point
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90-minute cruise on the Desert Belle, hot dog, bag of chips, s'more and 1 drink.
2-hour cultural tour, hot dog, bag of chips, s'more and 1 drink.
2-hour trail ride, hot dog, bag of chips, s'more and 1 drink.
Verde River Trail Ride, Fort McDowell
- Tour activities based on selection at booking
- Hot dog, chips and s'more
- Complimentary drink
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Tours depart rain or shine with the exception of extreme weather conditions
- Minimum age is 8 years, adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Layers and closed-toed shoes are advised
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