Sonoran Desert
Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Free admission
Maricopa, Arizona, 85239

The Basics

Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert by foot, vehicle, or hot-air balloon or small plane. Visitors will enjoy views of the mountains that span this region, as well as the local wildlife, including roadrunners, gila monsters, cactus wren, and desert bighorn sheep. Be sure to choose a tour that fits your interests; there are tours available for fans of hiking, off-roading, and Segways.

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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert
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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert
$125.00 per adult
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Hike up the Sonoran desert
Our tour guide Cooper was amazing. He gave us all the information about the different fauna of the desert. My son thoroughly enjoyed his hike and was very happy that Cooper took us to different peaks. The tour provided us with water and snacks for her hike which was an added bonus because we did not have to carry it. Overall and enjoyable experience.
Shiny_T, Apr 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book your tour in advance. You’ll benefit from a knowledgeable guide while enjoying your perfect desert adventure.

  • As in any desert environment, be sure to bring enough water with you (drinking water is not available) and dress for the weather.

  • Be on the lookout for cacti and snakes.

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How to Get There

There are several points of entry to the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert National Monument is located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Phoenix and 93 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Tucson, Arizona. To get there from Phoenix, follow I-10 West. From Tucson, take I-10 West to I-8 West. Parking is available on-site.

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When to Get There

There are five “seasons” in the Sonoran Desert: spring from February to April; dry summer in May and June; summer monsoon from July to mid-September; fall from mid-September to November; and winter in December and January. The spring and winter months can be a great time to visit; temperatures remain a bit cooler than the blazing heat of summer.

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Indigenous Communities

There are several Native American tribes that have connections to the Sonoran Desert, including Pascua Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Seri, Cocopah, and the Gila River Indian Community. Some tribes welcome visitors to religious ceremonies or other cultural events; just be respectful and refrain from using your camera or phone during these experiences.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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