TOURS & COMPANION ACTIVITIES
Unique excursions and day tours as well as special companion activities offer a wide variety of experiences designed to satisfy everyone's interests.
Our Most Requested Activities Include:
Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone. Beginning with your arrival at our Sonoran Desert launch site you will receive a pre flight briefing where you’ll learn about the hot air balloon and how it flies.
An exciting part of the experience happens while guests enjoy the sight of their hot air balloon inflating against the panorama of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Once ready for flight you’ll join your pilot in the beautiful handcrafted wicker basket. As you gently leave the earth you’ll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. “A magic carpet ride” and “riding on a cloud” are two phrases that have been used to describe the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
The Wild West, The Way It Was - Venture out into the natural Sonoran Desert just minutes away where you'll experience a spirited four-wheel drive adventure. You will be amazed to encounter a landscape rich in the diversity and abundance of its plant and animal life. Our genuine cowboy guides will reveal the secrets and wonders of Nature as you learn about these exotic plants and animals. You'll hear about desert survival techniques and how the Native Americans used the desert plants, wildlife, and geology to survive. Take in the open air of the Sonoran Desert with spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Sometimes flying close to the ground you are able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. It is not unusual to see jackrabbits, quail, roadrunner, coyote, deer, javelina and other desert animals. Pilots often decide to rise higher in order to give you a marvelous view of the Valley of the Sun. Throughout your flight our ground crews follows along so that they’ll be ready and waiting when you touch down. Upon your landing you’ll be greeted in the traditional manner with flutes of champagne and scrumptiously prepared food. Finally, to prove your difference from ordinary mortals, you’ll be inducted into the ballooning society and how it operates.
Our flat water river raft tours are a great way to see the desert! You’ll be excited to encounter a desert river only thirty minutes from downtown Scottsdale. As you sit atop an inflatable raft with your paddle in hand our expert guide explains the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Keep your eyes out for wild mustangs, Saguaro cactus, great blue heron, coyotes, and soaring bald eagles. The Funwater Raft Tours are ideal for large or small groups. Comfortable rafts or funyaks for the more adventurous are available. River Olympics are a great Teambuilding activity!
Transportation will take you out into the desert to one of many excellent Stables in the area. Experienced wranglers will provide an excellent overview of the Sonoran Desert, with information on wildlife, vegetation, and the history of the Native Americans and the early settlement of the Phoenix area. This outing will be safe and enjoyable for the beginner as well as the experienced rider.
Astride a horse matched to your skill level, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time, following the footsteps of the Native Americans and the wagon wheels of the stagecoach. There is no better way to get “up close and personal” with the land and wildlife that comprise this majestic land.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
Can you drink water from a cactus? Do century plants really live 100 years? Get your burning questions answered on this docent-led tour and see why our desert plant collection is world-renown. You will discover how plants survive, and even thrive, under the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Bring your camera and water, and wear a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits and home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world.
The Heard Museum developed from the passion that pioneer settlers Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard felt for the Southwest, its inhabitants and its history. The Heard’s dream of sharing the beauty of their private collection with the public was realized in 1929 when the Heard Museum first opened its doors.
Today, the Heard Museum’s multiple collections include approximately 39,000 works of cultural and fine art. These collections remain at the core of the museum’s mission and serve as an internationally known resource for learning about the rich cultural heritage of Native peoples. While maintaining an emphasis on the cultures of the greater Southwest, the Heard collections also include American Indian fine art from throughout North America including drawings, paintings and sculpture. Key collection areas feature textiles, katsina dolls, pottery, jewelry, baskets, cradleboards, paintings, and sculpture and World Cultures materials.
The Heard Museum offers many different touring options to make your experience as memorable as possible. Exhibits change regularly, so there is always something new to see. Bring a group to the Heard and watch them become engaged in the historic and contemporary Native cultures and art of the Southwest under the attentive direction of our talented guides.
The Heard Museum’s exhibit galleries feature a variety of historic, traditional and contemporary Native art and provide an intimate, first-person perspective enhanced by detailed explanation from our talented Las Guias tour guides.
A Short List of Additional Activities Includes:
∙ Tomcar Tour
∙ Trap & Skeet
∙ Shopping Shuttles
∙ Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright Studio)
∙ Cooking Classes
∙ Tombstone/Bisbee Tour
∙ Hummer Adventures
∙ Kart Racing
∙ Sedona or Grand Canyon Tours
∙ Guided Hiking
∙ Mountain Biking
∙ Driving Course Lessons
The list of possibilities is endless!
We can customize an activity geared to your group’s needs and goals.
Contact Canto today to begin planning your next "Inspired" event 602-324-7103
Come fly with us!Take a "Flightseeing" Adventure Tour along the “Apache Air Trail” and experience some of Arizona’s most stunning landscape; then on to Roosevelt Lake for a “Splash Down” water landing. Come see the Arizona desert like never before!
• 60-75 min. round trip tour departing from Scottsdale Airport
• Cessna Caravan Jet-Prop Amphibious Seaplane Tour with water landing at Roosevelt Lake
• Holds up to 9 passengers each with own window seat
• Great views with audio headsets, music, and tour map to follow highlights of the trip
• Fly over Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Salt River Canyon, Roosevelt Dam, Tonto Indian Ruins, Weavers Needle, The Spires located in the spectacular Tonto National Forest and much more!
ARIZONA'S SEAPLANE ADVENTURE