Arizona adventuresWith sweeping views of the breathtaking Sonora Desert Canyon and the Sonoran Desert Foothills, the Inn at Eagle Mountain is the perfect home-base for all your Arizona adventures. Ideally located in Scottsdale, Arizona, we are minutes away from a variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Whether you’re a fan of hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, or something else entirely, chances are you’ll find it here. Take a look at some of our favorite outback adventures and plan your Arizona getaway today!

Hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Lace-up your running shoes or hiking boots and hit the trails of this breathtaking Arizona destination. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve features an impressive, interconnected network of trails that wind their way around the incredible 30,500 acres of the Sonoran Desert. Discover the cacti forests and bask in the majestic peaks of the McDowell Mountains all around. The preserve is home to over 215 miles of trails and plenty of trailheads to choose from for your Arizona adventure. Our favorites include the Horseshoe Loop, which offers easy hikes across flat terrain, the Jane Rau Trail, featuring plenty of diverse plants and rock outcrops, and the challenging Lookout Viewpoint, a 5.1-mile out-and-back hike that offers a total elevation gain of 1,000 feet with some of the most stunning desert views. 

Horseback Riding

Get a taste of the “Old West” when you explore the Arizona scenery by horseback. Fort McDowell Adventures offers some of the best horseback riding in the Sonoran Desert. Join them on a guided trip alongside the beautiful Verde River; you can also add on a lunch or dinner to enjoy during your Arizona adventure. Nearby Saguaro Lake Ranch also offers excellent horseback riding opportunities. They will take you around the beautiful Goldfield mountain range and up the beautiful hills that overlook Saguaro Lake. Whether you’re an expert wrangler or new to the saddle, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time on your horseback riding Arizona adventure. 

Guided Outback Tours

One of the best ways to experience fantastic Arizona adventures is with a guided tour. Guides take the worry out of discovering the best destinations and ensure that you’re making the most out of your adventure. Arizona Outback Adventures provides excellent guided tours in the Southwest United States, specializing in everything from mountain biking to kayaking, single-day trips to multi-day trips. Explore the Sonoran Desert on a 3-Day Arizona Mountain Bike Tour that offers exceptional mountain views, or ride down the incredible Lower Salt River on a half-day rafting tour, where you can enjoy the peaceful desert scenery as you gently paddle along the waves.

If you don’t have the time or budget to book any of their Grand Canyon Tours, then check out the Aravaipa Canyon Backpacking Trip, which offers exciting Arizona adventures for backpackers in the Sonoran Desert. You’ll trek across rugged cliffs and enjoy views of the beautiful Aravaipa Creek below; make sure to keep your eyes open for signs of wildlife such as bighorn sheep and coatimundi!

Your Home-Base for Arizona Adventures

The Inn at Eagle Mountain’s premier Scottsdale location ensures you’re never far from exciting Arizona Adventures. Book a luxury room at the inn and enjoy an assortment of modern amenities to make you feel right at home throughout your stay. There’s nothing better than unwinding at the pool after a long day of hiking or treating yourself to a soothing massage at our onsite spa to work out the kinks left from horseback riding. Don’t forget to indulge in a delicious meal at our restaurant, Pietro’s, to top off your getaway. Give us a call at 1-855-988-4745 and let us help you plan your next vacation. When it comes to Arizona adventures, there’s no better place to stay!