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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Arizona Horses
Arizona Horses

(602) 268-1261

10215 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85042   Directions Website

Are you excited for an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque Arizona countryside? Then immerse yourself in the serene outdoor beauty of the region and get up close and personal with native plants and animals at Arizona Horses.

Whether you're an experienced rider or new to horseback riding, they have the perfect ride for you. The friendly and knowledgeable guides will share their expertise on the desert and the Cowboy Way by providing an authentic taste of the West that you will remember.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

(520) 689-2723

37615 E Arboretum Way
Superior, AZ 85173   Directions Website

Visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum at the University of Arizona and enjoy the stunning outdoor surroundings. This beautiful Arboretum showcases the vibrant seasonal foliage of the unique desert landscape. With more than two miles of trails available, it is perfect for nature lovers who enjoy exploring.

Discover a diverse selection of desert plants from around the globe at this remarkable nursery. This nursery is a must-see featuring over 4,025 species and 20,000 plants spanning 135 acres of gardens from countries like Mexico, Australia, Madagascar, India, China, Japan, Israel, and Africa. In addition to its impressive plant collections, the Arboretum also offers tours, classes, and events that are perfect for learning more about the plants and connecting with other plant enthusiasts.

Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden

(480) 941-1225

1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008   Directions Website

Find your green-thumb inspiration in the garden's Berlin Agave Yucca Forest or the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail at the Desert Botanical Garden, a naturalist's dream where they showcase more than 145 acres of stunning desert blooms, flora, and fauna year-round.

The site opened in 1939 and now boasts over 21,000 plants, including outdoor exhibits and displays, specialty greenhouses, and endangered and fragile species preservation. One-third of the plants are native to the area, while the remaining plants come from all over the world, including special collections from Australia and Baja California. Ecosystems represented include mesquite bosque, semidesert grassland, and upland chaparral scrub.

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

(928) 638-7888

Village Loop Rd
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023   Directions Website

The Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see attraction in Arizona, no matter what part of the state you are visiting. Plan to hike, camp, backpack, or ride the Colorado River and enjoy spectacular scenery anytime, especially in the fall and spring.

With its picturesque views and natural wonders, it's easy to see why the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of the Grand Canyon National Park.

MacDonald's Ranch
MacDonald's Ranch

(480) 585-0239

26540 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255   Directions Website

Welcome to a little slice of Western heritage that offers much to see, so take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know. One of the main attractions is the large walk-in petting zoo. It's complete with pigs, chickens, peacocks, goats, sheep, and miniature ponies waiting for you to pet and show them some love.

In addition to the petting zoo, yard games are scattered throughout the Ranch. You're welcome to try roping a steer, playing a game of connect four, giant jean-ga, horseshoes, and more. These games are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained for hours.

Mild to Wild Rafting Adventure
Mild to Wild Rafting Adventure
Phoenix, AZ
Main number

(970) 247-4789

Test your mettle with a heart-pounding experience at Mild to Wild Rafting Adventure, where the experienced guides will help you navigate the white water, and you'll leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Arizona is known for its early snowmelt, making it a perfect destination for whitewater rafting.

The high desert scenery and wildlife make it a unique experience. You can even combine skiing and rafting. The Verde River is Arizona's only Federally designated Wild and Scenic river, and it's worth experiencing. You'll be treated to fantastic scenery and wildlife, including beaver, bear, and river otter. The rapids are perfect for guided rafting or inflatable kayaking under the supervision of our instructor.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park

(928) 567-2840

3505 W SR-260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322   Directions Website

Visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and enjoy an otherworldly experience. From the snake shows featuring giant anacondas and boas to the 45-minute African Bush Safari, where you'll experience a personal encounter with giraffes, zebras, and more, it is an unforgettable adventure.

The predator feed is especially thrilling as carnivores devour 800 lbs. of raw meat. The Wildlife Park shows their appreciation of the planet's wild areas and wondrous inhabitants by supporting and promoting conservation awareness and action. The exemplary animal care, education and learning experiences, and broad community support make Out of Africa Wildlife Park a must-visit destination for anyone who loves animals.

Salt River Tubing & Recreation Co.
Salt River Tubing & Recreation Co.

(480) 984-3305

9200 N Bush Hwy
Mesa, AZ 85215   Directions Website

Enjoy a refreshing float down the peaceful Salt River, surrounded by stunning scenery and soaking up the Arizona sun at the Salt River Tubing & Recreation.

Remember to rent a tube for your cooler and leave all the details to them. Make a reservation, show up in your swimsuit and flip-flops, and prepare for a great time. And if you're planning a group outing, check out the VIP group reservations, which let you skip the lines and enjoy a leisurely float with 20 or more people.

Superstition Zipline
Superstition Zipline

(480) 982-0075

4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85119   Directions Website

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with the unique Superstition Zipline at Goldfield Ghost Town, just a short drive from Phoenix. This exhilarating ride was designed by renowned creator Stan Checketts, who is known for his thrilling amusement park attractions.

Superstition Zipline offers an unforgettable journey that will leave you breathless. Whether you're planning a family vacation, celebrating a special occasion, or organizing a corporate event, they have everything you need.

Westworld Paintball
Westworld Paintball

(602) 447-8200

7025 E Jomax Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85054   Directions Website

Prepare for an exciting day of sports action at Westworld Paintball Adventures' Xtreme Pursuit Paintball Arena. This 30,000-square-foot indoor playground is perfect for grownups and teens who love paintball. You're sure to have a blast with 500 tons of dirt, bunkers, sniper towers, and more.

What's excellent about paintball is that it's a sport for everyone. You don't even need prior experience. The expert staff will care for you and provide you with top-of-the-line equipment. They also host various events, including paintball games, private play, birthday parties, team building, corporate outings, and more. Make your child's next birthday unforgettable, or get the boys together for a pre-wedding battle. Paintball parties are always a creative and memorable experience.

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