Explore the Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert in Arizona

What is it about Arizona that calls you to her lands? Is it the vast expanse of red desert land? Or the windblown shrubs that miraculously live through the parched summers and frigid winters? Or the lakes, which offer cool comfort from the Sonoran sun? Whatever it is that compels you to visit this state and her red-rock formations, crystal cool lakes and mile-high cacti, be sure to get out there and see it.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Arizona, or an experienced traveler to this beautiful desert state, if you’re staying at Bluegreen Vacations’ Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria, Arizona, you should check out the Yellow Jeep brigade that makes up Southwest Desert Adventures. Signing up for a tour with Southwest Desert Adventures means getting away from the norm, turning your phone off and spending time with friends and family, without the hassle of planning, packing or driving.

A trip to the desert can include yellow Jeep desert tours, trail rides, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, balloon rides and hiking trips. With so many possible routes to take, you are sure to find one that is fitting for you and your crew. The staff and guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They can help you decide which trip to take when going over the possibilities.Yellow Jeep Tour

Explore your options

Desert tours/Safari

These yellow Jeep tours offer beautiful views and a closer look at the wildlife. The guides will tell you about the different shrubs, cacti, flowers and animals that populate the Sonoran Desert, and offer stories and local legends to entertain you. Once you reach a pretty spot, you will go on a nature walk and hear about the area’s history.

Kayaking adventures

Paddle around Lake Pleasant or one of her tributaries, enjoying the scenery and splashes from you, your companions and the fish beneath you. The tours provide sit-on-top kayaks to explore the rivers and lakes.

Eco-hiking experiences

Let the guide take you through the Valley of the Sun to see the expansive valleys and high-rising plateaus. Walk along the grassy knolls that offer beautiful views of both above and below. Listen to the tour guide tell you about the landscape, and explain the petroglyphs that were left by Native Americans some 10,000 years ago.

Fishing expeditions

A true sportsman’s dream, this tour takes you to Arizona’s outback. Southwest Desert Adventures offers lake, river and boat fishing. From the Imperial Reservoir through the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, you will find spots to cast a line. Some of the best bass fishing can be found at the Alamo Reservoir.

Arizona Eco HikingMountain biking

Bikes and safety equipment are provided for a trip through the desert trails of the Phoenix area. There are excellent trails to explore, and trips can be customized to fit your endurance level.

Trail rides

Experienced, shy-proof trail horses will take you through the trails to see the wildlife and scenery around Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert. Guides will point out native plants like the pincushion and hedgehog cactus, prickly pear, barrel cactus, ocatillo, mesquite, palo verde and giant saguaro cactus. Trail through the landscape, across creeks and up the rocky hills to see a landscape not everyone gets to see.

Cultural and historical tours

Arizona is full of historic sites and museums. From areas that focus on Native Americans to old mining towns, there is a bit of something for everyone’s likes. Schedule a guided tour of the Lost Dutchman Mine, Native American Trail, Gold Field Ghost Town or the Mining and Mineral Museum, just to name a few.

Balloon RidesSonoran Desert

An hour-long ride over the Sonoran Desert is the perfect way to calmly collect your thoughts, experience the landscape and fall in love with Arizona. Because of the flat lands of Arizona, coupled with the jutting mountains that surround the desert, the views are out of this world. You can choose to stay up for longer than an hour if you like.


Lake Pleasant is home to many water sports fans. During the hot months, tourists and locals alike flock to this watering hole. Opt for an eagle-eye view of the lake with a parasailing trip. The guides will lift you into the air as high (or low) as you can go. They can dip you into the water if the sun begins to bake you, and offer you a fun way to experience the lake.

Whichever trip you choose (who knows, you may choose more than one) the guides will show you the ropes, tell you the tales and provide you with an outlook on Arizona that visitors rarely experience.