Private Tour from Scottsdale

Explore the Desert with Fashionable Sustainability in Mind

Half-Day Urban Tour is Easy on Your Schedule

A Desert Discovery

Discover the Sonoran Desert like never before. Feel good about your carbon footprint because you’ll be traveling in a private, Tesla Model X electric SUV. Experience an intimate glimpse of the desert with a scenic desert lake hike. Meander through calming xeriscape gardens. Explore epic waterfalls along the Arizona Canal. Learn about the art that inspires a sustainable outlook on life. This half-day tour is perfect for those wanting an authentic desert experience only a local could provide.

Trip Details

The Essentials


$600 per group.

Departure time

October – May: 7 am

Meeting point

Pickup at hotel or residence within 30 miles of Anthem, AZ 85086 zip code (contact us if you’re unsure)


Approximately 5 hours

Group size

1 minimum, 5 maximum

Participation requirements

May not be suitable for children under four, those with mobility restrictions, or those with low fitness levels.


  • Locally sourced bottled water
  • Locally sourced snacks
  • All entrance fees

Not included

  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for guide
  • Booking fees
  • Taxes

What to bring

  • Athletic or athleisure attire recommended
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  • Hiking shoes, water shoes (if you want to go into the lake)
  • Walking shoes (if you prefer a more comfortable post-hike shoe)
  • Jacket if departing during the winter

Your guide

Every detail will be taken care of by your passionate, friendly local guide


Enjoy a 1-mile hike with a beautiful lakeside view and an opportunity to splash in the water.

Tour a nationally recognized Xeriscape garden with plenty of Instagrammable spots.

Discover amazing man-made waterfalls at Arizona Falls, a recommissioned hydroelectric power plant..

Overview of the tour

  • Hike a short 1-mile hike through a desert canyon located next to one of the Valley’s most beloved lakes and enjoy the opportunity to cool off in the water and absorb the calming serenity. Keep an eye out for wild burros along the way.
  • Drive past breathtaking granite tors, remnants of ancient volcanic batholiths.
  • Drive along 6 miles of the famous Desert Foothills Scenic Drive where you will have opportunities to see stands of Saguaro cacti and gorgeous custom-built homes.
  • Observe Water to Water by artists Christine Tanz and Paul Edwards. This piece of art explores the water cycle of our city and how we can conserve this precious resource.
  • Visit the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden, a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here we will learn about water conservation, water harvesting, and plant selection.
  • Explore WaterWorks at Arizona Falls, commissioned by the Phoenix Arts Commission. Here you can learn about the technical achievements of the past as you discover how this recommissioned hydroelectric power plant from the early 1900s continues to generate clean renewable electric energy to sustain life in our harsh climate.
  • Good to Know

    • This tour entails roughly 2 hours of driving (depending on your pickup location) and a 1-hour round-trip hike. In total, it entails roughly 100 miles of driving (depending on the pickup and drop-off).
    • Fitness level: We want to ensure you have fun on our tours so you should have an adequate level of fitness. This includes the ability to hike for short distances on uneven or loose terrain with slight elevation changes, the ability to walk on hard surfaces such as concrete and compact dirt, and the ability to sit in a vehicle for short periods at a time.
    • All tour duration, pick-ups, and return times are approximate.
    • Tour guide gratuities are not included in the price.
    • Cancellations less than 48 hours before the tour departure and no-shows will be charged in full.
    • Children of all ages are welcome on all tours, but please keep in mind your child’s fitness levels and interests when booking a tour. There is a max of two (2) child car seats or booster seats permitted on each tour.
    • For more information, please visit our terms and conditions page(opens in a new tab).

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    Sustainably sourced experience to last a lifetime