The Day Tour Experience

Experience the Desert First-hand

Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is an untamed landscape. It is the hottest desert in the United States but it’s also the most tropical which means it’s rich in plant and animal life despite the rugged terrain. A visit to Arizona wouldn’t be complete without taking in views of the giant saguaro cactus (carnegia gigantea), hiking among jumping cholla cactus, or floating down one of the indispensable desert rivers in a raft or kayak.

The up close and personal experience you will have on AOA’s half-day tours offers the opportunity for you to come to appreciate the hardy plants, animals, and people who have made their home out of a landscapes that appears so inhospitable at first glance. Your experienced tour guide will ensure you take proper safety precautions to prevent yourself being poked, sticked, or pricked by a cactus, and help you turn your fear or apprehension about desert wildlife into curiosity and fascination.

All of AOA’s guides are CPR and First Aid certified, carry extra water and snacks, and are very familiar with all the routes we use for our tours.


Learn Something about the Desert

Just how old is that cactus? How much rain does the desert get? Can a rattlesnake kill me?

AOA’s guides share their knowledge about the desert throughout the duration of each tour. Education is key to protecting and appreciating wild environments. Animal sightings are common on our tours and always provide an opportunity to discuss how the native wildlife have adapted to live in the Sonoran Desert. Going guided not only takes away the stress and risks associated with exploring in the desert, it also is a way to learn about the ecosystem and come to appreciate it more deeply.

AOA’s tours also help you learn the basic skills you need to safely and confidently explore the desert on your own.

Equipment and Safety

All of the equipment used on AOA’s guided single-day tours is first-class outdoor equipment from reputable brands. We transport all gear and equipment to and from the tour location, you just show up and enjoy the tour.

On the water we use gear primarily made by the brand NRS, and our bike tours are supported by multiple brands of high-end cycling equipment including Trek, Specialized, Giant, and Santa Cruz bikes.

Equipment is always cleaned and inspected after every tour to ensure it’s fit for use and to ensure our guests have a safe and enjoyable tour experience.

Difficulty Level of Tours

All of AOA’s single-day tours can be offered in a range of difficulty. We work to group individual parties together with others of similar experience and tour expectations so that all participants are satisfied and safe. Our guides design the activity for each tour around the group itself, so no tour is ever exactly the same as another.

All tours can also be reserved as private tours for your party only, for an additional fee.

If you have any questions about the difficulty of a particular activity, please give us a call to discuss your concerns.