Arizona is one of the hottest vacation destinations for outdoors enthusiasts every year, and Scottsdale is one of the most popular places to visit. This little desert paradise provides many opportunities for you to get outside, and experience nature in a way that most people just can’t do at home. Here are three must-experience outdoor fun spots that you won’t want to miss out on when you visit Scottsdale.
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is better than an animal park or a zoo. It’s a sanctuary where injured, orphaned, and abandoned animals are able to find the help that they need to survive and thrive. Whenever possible, the animals are rehabilitated and then reintroduced into the wild. Those who are unable to be released back into their natural habitat, stay on site to live out their lives. Visitors have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about wild animal rescue, and the children love visiting with the residents of the sanctuary.
There simply is no better way to experience the Sonoran Desert than on horseback. MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale makes it possible to do that and more. Their expert guides will match everyone in your party up with a horse, and ensure the safety of all regardless of their riding experience. The ranches horse’s calm yet responsive. Your guide will lead you through the desert to get you up close and personal with the area’s flora and fauna, and a wide variety of wildlife. After your ride has concluded, your party will have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful cowboy cookout and hayrides.
Arizona Cowboy College
Tired of pretending? Learn to be a cowboy from one of the country’s premier cowboys at the Arizona Cowboy College! Run by Rocco Wachman, made famous on CMT’s original cowboy series, the College has been in operation since 1969. Though it suitable for all ages, and it makes a great family experience, the college will make a real cowboy out of you. Wachman has designed a series of courses to instruct students on ranching skills and horsemanship techniques. You’ll leave with a greater appreciation for the cowboy lifestyle.
If these three outdoor fun spots aren’t enough for you, there’s still plenty more to do in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. So lace up your boots, pack some high energy foods and plenty of water, and head on over to this paradise in the Sonoran Desert.