This is a weekend you will never forget, if you call yourself an adventurer then this is the ultimate weekend in Phoenix. You will be transported on both horseback and your own two legs from elevations of 2700 feet at Echo Trail Camp, to soaring heights of 7600 feet at Four Peaks Wilderness area. Along the way you will dine like a cowboy,and a star at The Painted Horse and the Garden Terrace. You nights will be oh so rejuvenating at the Redbuck Ranch Hideout, where you will be secluded and be able to enjoy the desert at you woen pace.
Day 1 - Scottsdale
This action packed weekend will begin with a horseback trip through the Sonoran Desert with the Cave Creek Outfitters. Before you head out on you half day or full day adventure, you should definitely enjoy the great continental breakfast provided by the Redbuck Ranch Hideout. You have two options to get to the outfitters, they can pick you up or you can drive out, it is much less expensive to drive out yourself. Once you have mounted your trusty steed, Cave Creek and their experienced guides will lead you through hidden canyons where such legends ad Geronimo and Wyatt Earp used to travel. Along the way be sure to look at all of the beautiful cacti and flora as you traverse through the desert of Phoenix. After a good hard days ride you can either dine like a cowboy and enjoy a campfire into the night with the Cave Creek Outfitters or you can use a different kind of horsepower to drive on over to The Painted Horse. Either way you will be sure to enjoy your dinner, either out of a tin pan, or hand crafted plates. The Painted Horse is nestled in the mountains, where you can enjoy dining inside with their array of western artwork or enjoy their open air patio and roaring fire.
28406 N 148th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Day 2 - Mesa
Who knew the desert wasn't flat? After your trek through the Four Peaks Wilderness Area you will. You can begin your day at the elevation of 1900 feet and by the end of the day be at such soaring heights as 7600 feet. This vast wilderness area covers approximately 60,740 acres in the Sonoran Desert. You will not be lonely on your hikes because there are a variety of desert creatures who call this area home. There is no better food after a hard days trek then oh-so-filling pizza. TC Luigi's Pizza is sure to hit the spot with their array of pizzas, from Greek to classic Italian, you are sure to find just what you were looking for. Tonight is a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate at The Redbuck Ranch Hideout by enjoying their heated pools, or secluded waterfalls.
26 N. MacDonald, Room 120
26 N. MacDonald, P.O. Box 5800
Mesa, AZ 85211-5800
Day 3 - Phoenix
Day three of your outdoor adventure in Phoenix will take you to the Echo Canyon Trail, where you can attempt the Camelback climbing challenge. Before you head out to the trailhead be sure to take advantage of the home style cooked breakfast that the Redbuck Rach Hideout offers, it is a great way to start off the morning. Fair warning must be given when attempting the Camelback climbing challenge, this is not for the casual adventurer, this 2700 foot ascent will sure be difficult but very rewarding. The trails are very well maintained making for a safe journey, but be sure to bring plenty of water. Speaking of water, what better place to dine then right next to the lagoons and waterfalls of the Garden Terrace after a hard days climb. There creative menu combines regional American flavors with a Mediterranean flare that are sure to please.
5700 North Echo Canyon Parkway
(southeast corner McDonald drive and Tatum boulevard)
Phoenix, AZ 85018
+1 602 261 8318 (Phoenix Visitor Information)
4949 East Lincoln Drive
(southeast of Tatum Boulevard & Lincoln Drive)
Phoenix, AZ 85253
1 602 952 0420 La Posada / 1 800 222 8733