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Arizona Outback Adventures

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1997
Headquarters
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
Trips
  • 17

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Arizona Outback Adventures Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

J

Recommends

Our guides Whitney and Dan were excellent March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Dove in planning was super professional- called us all and was in regular contact with us.
Was very impressed by this. Our guides Whitney and Dan were excellent hosts that gave
us great insight and were constantly thinking one step ahead so we always knew what
we were doing. My suggestion is that the hike into the falls starts even earlier in the day.
I suggest we wake at 3am so that we are at the trailhead by around 6 and not 9. This
would give us some more time to play at the falls without costing us much seeing as we
only sleep at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. The location suggested by the team was really
nice and our group dynamic worked really well. We had a stack of fun as a group. Our
guides helped foster this.
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O

Recommends

The meals were delicious March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The meals were delicious and were prepared in a timely manner with great quality and
were way better than I was expecting. The guides (Jesse & Jason) woke up before
everyone and made sure food was ready for us when we were ready for it. They also did
great negotiating with some temperamental campers in the canyon!
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D

Recommends

Our guide Amanda was exceptional ! March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide Amanda was exceptional ! Paul was also great at answering my questions and
following up with phone calls . I was well looked after . Camp and meals were beyond
expectations !! Overall fantastic outing . The only downside which is out of anyone's
control is the stray dogs in camp (belonging to supai village) I was bit on the way out
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J

Recommends

I would use AOA in any country, at any park, for anything March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have gone on two previous AOA trips, Everything you guys do is great

C

Recommends

Excellent March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The planning and organization of the trip was excellent. I felt all eventualities were
accounted for and as a solo traveller I felt I was well catered to.

E

Recommends

It was so nice to have everything planned out for us March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Your info online was so specific as was the packing list and what to expect!  Registration
was easy. It was so nice to have everything planned out for us, see so much without
worrying about logistics.  The camping areas were better than expected. Great showers
at Kodachrome. The food was waaay better than expected.
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Stride Review

Founded in 1997, Arizona Outback Adventures provides gear rentals as well as single-day to multi-day hiking and adventure excursions throughout Arizona and select parts of the western United States. They have a vast range of outdoor activities and week-long tours to choose from.

What Makes Arizona Outback Adventures Stand Out?

  • Guided biking, hiking, and backpacking tours in the US
  • Active outdoor tours 
  • Equipment rentals

They are a one stop shop for any experience you could want to have while visiting Arizona. They offer everything from independent bike trips, atv and bike rentals, national park backpacking tours, rafting, and any excursion imaginable.

Tours are led by expert guides, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the woods. The guides are carefully placed to maximize their individual expertise, and safety is always a priority. All of them are CPR and First Aid certified, carry first aid kits and a cell phone or two-way radio. Many also have advanced certifications like Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, and National Outdoor Leadership degrees.


Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Arizona Outback Adventures?

  • Active and adventurous travelers
  • Outdoor lovers
  • Adults ages 18-39
  • Solo and group travelers

Adrenaline junkies looking to explore beyond the typical Arizona will find unique paths to follow through Arizona Outback Adventures. They definitely attract those travelers seeking a thrilling adrenaline packed kind of travel experience.

two people mountain biking in a park on a sunny day

International travelers eager to go beyond the regular tourist path, and learn about the incredible Southwestern landscapes of the United States, will enjoy the experience of an Arizona Outback Adventure Tour. Do note however that all tours are conducted in English.

Their family-friendly themed tours offer hikes and flexible activities that’ll be enjoyable for parents and children alike. It should be noted though that children ages 10+ with hiking experience will be the most suitable for these trips.

They’re reasonably priced in the mid-range, but they definitely aren’t considered a budget tour company. Trips vary from easy, moderate, to strenuous, but majority of them lean towards strenuous.

brown hiking shoes

If you are the kind of traveler who likes being out in the elements, and a bit of dust and sweat on your shoes and clothes enhances rather than detracts from your vacation experience, then Arizona Outback Adventures are for you.

Top Destinations

As the name would suggest, they specialize in Arizona, but they also expand into multi-day camping and backpacking trips among some of the most stunning national parks in the western United States. Discover the majestic Grand Canyon, Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain, the breathtaking hiking trails in Sedona, or the Zion National Park just to name a few.

arizona desert viewpoint in the daytime

Arizona Outback Adventures Travel Style

Arizona Outback Adventures is all about being active and taking in the peace and serenity of nature. Trips are categorized into the following themes: backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and road cycling. No matter the activity, you’re guaranteed to have an exciting adventure filled with history, nature, breathtaking views - and not to mention a great workout!

camping tent at night with a man wearing a headlight

Tours are generally 3 to 6 days long, giving you ample time to explore the outdoors. Accommodation will be camping for the most part, but there are some trips that use lodges, dormitories, and hotels. Chosen camping sites include bathroom and shower access. Healthy meals are included in the tour price, which are cooked with kitchen gear that the guides bring along. For transportation, a van will be used at all times. Many of these rides will be long, perhaps up to 6 hours in the vehicle.

Why Choose a Tour with Arizona Outback Adventures?

If you are an active adventure traveler, you will love experiencing Arizona with the help and guidance of gear and active travel experts. Most of their travelers are independent minded, and they reflect this in offering a number of self guided options, especially in mountain biking. Some of their tours have a focus on environmental education for those wanting a deeper look at the ecological makeup of Arizona and the southwestern United States. It comes down to exceptional guides, knowledge, and a lot of outdoor fun.

Traveling with Arizona Outback Adventures may not be for you if you feel the need to be constantly connected to your electronics and have phone service at all times.. Many campsites have limited cell phone service, and the only electricity at the campsites is in the bathroom. Also, remember that these parks do get quite hot in the afternoon and you’re carrying all your equipment, food, and clothing on your back. You will have to also walk through uneven terrain and get sand and/or water in your shoes at some point. If you aren’t willing to be a little uncomfortable, these trips are probably not be for you. Most importantly, be honest with yourself about whether you are physically fit enough to fully enjoy these trips.


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FAQ

Are kids welcome?
Kids ages 10 and up are welcome to join tours.

Do I have to bring my own water and snacks for the trips?

No, they provide you with filtered water and healthy snacks.

Does the tour price include camping gear?

No, but you can rent camping gear, including sleeping bags and backpacking packs from them. They will provide all kitchen and eating utensils though.

Can anyone sign up for the strenuous level trips?

No, you need a doctor’s letter of approval to ensure you are in proper shape to go on the more physically challenging trips.

Do I have to have hiking/camping experience to go on these trips?

No, even if you are a novice outdoor traveler, you’ll enjoy these trips if you are good physical shape.

Can I eat the meals provided if I have dietary restrictions?

Yes, with advanced planning, they are able to cater to those with dietary restrictions.

What will the weather be like on these trips?

Weather drastically varies on these trips. It can be cold in the early hours of the morning, and extremely hot by the afternoon - with temperatures in the triple digits.

Is transportation to and from the meeting point included?

No, it’s not. But they can be arranged for an additional charge.

Are the national park fees included?

Yes, they are.

How heavy will our backpacks be?

Expect to carry 35-50 lbs of gear on your back.

What’s the difference between the backpacking and hiking trips?

On hiking trips, you won’t have to carry heavy equipment on your back throughout your journey.




From Arizona Outback Adventures

Who we are

In business since 1997, Arizona Outback Adventures specializes in multi-day guided adventure tours throughout the Southwest, single-day guided tours in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, bicycle rentals, and team building and other events for corporate groups. Each year, over 8,000 guests trust AOA to handle their daily activities and week-long vacations. From the individual traveler to the family vacation, from the small corporate retreat to the large company team building event, we take pride in offering a truly unique outdoor experience with an unsurpassed level of service. Our staff is comprised of professional and experienced guides/facilitators with the perfect blend of corporate know-how, and extensive outdoors experience.

We aim to create unparalleled memories for you, your family, and your fellow adventurers

Partner with AOA

AOA is one of the foremost operators in the adventure travel industry, providing services to over 30 partner companies and countless private groups. We have deep experience working with adventure travel brands, event planners, destination management companies, fitness organizations, cycling camps, charity fundraising groups, and much more. We have experience operating across the United States.

Trips & Specials

$50 OFF WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE – 2018 TRIPS ONLY

Receive $50 OFF any 2018 multi-day trip when you book

ONLINE! Use the code: NIFTY50.

This discount does not apply to any Self-Guided Trips, Rim to Rim Trips or Phantom Ranch Trips.

AOA ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Returning guests ALWAYS receive 10% off their next single-day tour or multi-day vacation! Let us know if you’ve been on a trip with AOA before.

GROUP DISCOUNT

Book 10 and go on an AOA trip for free! Public departures only, subject to availability.

MILITARY DISCOUNT

Please call to inquire about a Military Discount toward your multi-day trip.

CANADIAN RESIDENT DISCOUNT

Canadian residents ALWAYS receive 10% off bike rentals and single-day tours. Ask for the discount when you confirm your rental or tour and be prepared to show valid ID!

FAMILY DISCOUNT

Please call to inquire about family discounts toward single day tours.

Highlights

  • Enjoy these impressive treasures in relative solitude, relishing not having to compete with numerous tourists
  • Explore death hollow and swim in its pools
  • Massive steps of the Grand Staircase lies an explorer’s paradise: Escalante, a red-dusted anthology of canyons and cliffs
  • Enjoy lovely backcountry meals at the confluence, and take advantage of the canyons’ deep clear pools
  • Opportunity to cover new territory each day, we’ll feast our eyes upon an ancient Anasazi granary, a sandstone arch, and a 130-foot high natural bridge
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  • Enjoy the epic views while your guide shares tips, tricks and interpretation
  • Visit  the world-famous naturalist John Muir became fascinated with glaciers when exploring Yosemite
  • Enjoy the summit Half Dome and stand in awe of the incredible view
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  • Awesome hike beneath the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada, past rushing waterfalls, and alongside Yosemite Creek
  • Learn about, and from, this one-of-a-kind wilderness
  • This trip is a great choice for fit but inexperienced backpackers, as well as those who have already put significant backpacking miles on their boots
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  • Awesome hike along a ridegline to Granite Pass at just over 12,000 feet.
  • Enjoy a much-deserved rest and sleep late in camp
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