Tonto National Forest
At nearly 3 million acres, the Tonto National Forest is the largest national forest in Arizona, and the fifth largest in the country. And our six Trailblazer Rides cover 300,000 acres of it! Even our experienced guides are in awe of the splendor of our Tonto National Forest trails. And like the best cake Grandma ever baked, you can mix and match our ingredients to create a lifetime of memories. In other words, you can select a Trailblazer Ride as described below, or request a custom ride that includes the best of everything you want to see, be it a private ride or group ride.
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(Be sure to specify whether you want a private ride or a group ride.)
Each of the following Trailblazer Rides includes a unique experience, but something they all have in common is scenic beauty and the wildlife that calls it home, including javelina, coyotes, deer, rabbits, road runners and Arizona's state bird, the cactus wren.
Permitted with the Tonto National Forrest.
They had no form of writing, but the ancient Hohokam people recorded their interpretation of the world in the form of petroglyphs images carved into the dark surface of rocks. There are hundreds of these petroglyphs throughout the Valley, including those you will encounter on your own Petroglyph Ride into the foothills of the Tonto National Forest. Although they are often studied, the precise meaning of these petroglyphs remains a mystery. So it is left up to your own imagination to interpret the Hohokam story as they told it themselves through stars, moons, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, water, bows and arrows, and other human, animal and geometric forms.
Ride Time: 4 1/2 hours (6 1/2 hours if combined with the 7 Springs Ride)
Maximum weight is 235 up to 6 feet tall and 250 for the folks over 6 feet tall.
Directions: If you are using a GPS to locate us please note that we are out in the country and the GPS systems will often drop you a mile short. The pavement will end so continue to drive 1 mile on dirt road. The road will automatically go through a big wooden arch, and right as you drive through that we will be immediately on your right hand side.
Permitted with the:
Tonto National Forest-State of Az Trust Lands
Spur Cross Conservation / Maricopa County Parks
Town of Cave Creek
Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve
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