Private Excursions From Phoenix

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Educational Day Trips in Arizona

A Desert Discovery

This tour tells the story of the amazing impact water has on our unique desert culture. How do Phoenix and Scottsdale exist in one of the harshest climates in the world? What is our responsibility to ensure the destination continues to thrive? We’ll unearth the answers to those questions and more as the tour is geared toward STEAM insights and interpretation. You’ll learn about the science of water management, the technology of electric vehicles, the engineering of river crossings, the art that inspires and sustains us, and the mathematics of energy consumption and conservation.

Trip Details

The Essentials


$999 per group.

Departure time

October through 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 7 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
  • $30 food and beverage credit per person
  • 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

Itinerary Highlights

Engage in a 1-mile hike with a beautiful lakeside view and an opportunity to venture into the water.

Drive along a scenic desert route and take in the unique landscape through the Tesla panoramic windows.

Visit 4 pieces of outdoor water-inspired artwork by renowned artists.

Tour a nationally recognized Xeriscape garden.

Discover a recommissioned hydroelectric power plant that has been converted into a STEAM educational destination.

Eat lunch at a locally-owned restaurant located on the historic Arizona Canal.

Unique Day Tours in AZ

We have broken down our itinerary into bite-sized chunks to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • 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 boulder formations of the Sonoran Desert foothills.
  • Drive along 6 miles of the famous Desert Foothills Scenic Drive where you will have opportunities to see stands of Saguaro cacti.
  • Contemplate re currents by Franka Diehnelt and Claudia Reisenberger, which illustrates the power a desert monsoon has on the landscape.
  • Observe Water to Water by artists Christine Tanz and Paul Edwards. This piece of art explores the different ways we have harnessed water and put it to use in our society.
  • Visit the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden, a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here we will learn about water conservation, water harvesting, and plant selection.
  • Gaze in awe at Watermark by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan. These larger-than-life equine gargoyle statues pay tribute to the McCormick Arabian Ranch and guard the life-sustaining Indian Bend Wash.
  • Eat lunch at O.H.S.O Brewery and Distillery. The social hot-spot Phoenicians go to for tasty eats and refreshing beverages. Located adjacent to the Arizona Canal, you are sure to find this lunch spot an excellent mid-day break.
  • 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.
  • Browse the Soleri Bridge and Plaza by world-renowned architect Palo Soleri. Experience the awe and become inspired to achieve coherence between nature and humankind.

Good to Know

  • This tour entails roughly 3 hours of driving (depending on your pickup location), a 1-hour round-trip hike, and around 1.5 hours for lunch. In total, it entails roughly 120 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 throughout the day, 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. 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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