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“Great family horseback riding trip!”

Fort McDowell Adventures
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Owner description: You may have seen us on TV's The Amazing Race! Acres of pristine Arizonan foothills play host to a one-of-a-kind real wild west experience with something for everybody! We are the premier outdoor activity and event venue in the great state of Arizona and feature four unique event venues and tons of activities for families and groups! Experience the Sonoran Adventure Center, Friday Night Franks (an authentic western campfire cookout), The Yavapai Experience (a Native American cultural heritage tour, a festive Tequila Bus, horseback riding, cattle drives, off-roading adventures and more!Perfect for weddings, groups, parties and corporate events -- we can accommodate groups of 10-2,000. We've hosted 1,400 guests for a sit down plated dinner at La Puesta del Sol and intimate cowboy cookouts for groups of 10, cattle drives for 400 and team-building events for 20. No matter what size your group and no matter what the occasion, Fort McDowell Adventures has the experiences, venues, and staff to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We purchased a Groupon for this adventure for our family's spring break trip (me, husband and daughters ages 8 and 10). What a fantastic time! The scenery was beautiful in March and the weather was perfect. We did the 4:00 ride and thought it may be too hot but it was just right once we got going. The wrangler was great with our kids and they loved every minute of it. We saw wild horses, a cow on the ridge, crossed a river, saw a hawk and it's nest in the big cactus, etc. The 90 minute ride was just right for our family. Everyone thought this adventure was the highlight of our trip. We would definitely recommend it, whether full price or if you're lucky enough to find a discount. Some people in our group weren't happy that they didn't have a spot where they stopped us and offered to take pictures but our family managed to get some photos along the way just fine. I'm sure if they would have asked, they would have accommodated their request.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We attended the Friday Night Franks and truly enjoyed our visit to the ranch! 2 miles off the main road Rt.87 to access. 5 minutes east of Radisson Resort and Casino. My wife, and 2 daughters 9,12, visited last weekend and had such a great time. Friday night under the stars, cooking our own, quality hot dogs and Johnsonville brats and smores, on one of their fire pits. Like camping without having to pitch the tent! Live music, games, inflatable movie screen played cartoon classics and kept the younger kids happy!
Adults were having a great time too!! Salsa making competition.. Rum Bus... Wine, beers, etc! ; )
See their website for details on excursions and adventures for yourself and the family!

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We got a great deal on groupons and decided to try it. My husband and I, and our 2 youngest kids age 12 and 14 went. We were all beginners and this was perfect for us. A trail ride through beautiful desert scenery, cactus, cattle, we even saw bald eagles. The highlite was crossing through a river. We loved it! Perfect for families and novice riders.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The Tomcars are capable off roading machines that you can ride through the desert. What a blast! Along the way you will see wild horses and some not so wild cattle. The staff is very friendly and helpful The deal is you can drive with one passenger and switch places halfway through the outing. It is a unique experience here near Scottsdale Arizona.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I have to admit I'm a little bit afraid of horses so when a friend suggested going with her and a few others on this trail ride, I was a bit hesitant. I've ridden before and even had horses growing up but they just weren't 'my thing'.

Anyways, I got a nice horse named 'Nash' and had a great time. All of the horses were very calm and everyone seemed to have a great 1.5 hour ride.

I loved that the terrain wasn't just flat, we had to go up/down small hills and crossed the river twice. We were lucky enough to see wild horses and even a bald eagle. The weather was absolutely perfect and our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that might be interested.

1  Thank Lindsay86
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