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“Beautiful day!!! What an experience!”

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.
Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
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“Beautiful day!!! What an experience!”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had a blast on this 1.5 hour horseback ride!!! Owner and son were fabulous tour guides and showed concern for our safety. We were offered free waters to take with us on the trail. Our girls ages 10 and 13 enjoyed every minute as well - they are beginner riders. Their friends had a great time too. Beautiful scenery and sweet horses. Crossed the river two times which was fun. Saw the Bald Eagle nest and a wild horse. Loved how their dog Marley followed us on the trail ride and kept us entertained. We would definately do it over again!! We have also done the hay rides here and had a great experience with those as well. Thank you SO much Fort McDowell!!

Visited March 2014
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English first
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Canadians loved this Trip!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

From two river crossings and a perfect group size of 7 plus a couple guides it was 90 min. Ride.

Harrison and Granger were the guides!

Visited December 2013
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california
2 reviews
“Great trail ride”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

We just got back from a trail ride with Fort McDowell Adventures. Our group included one experienced rider and two beginners. The owner and the cowboys really know their horses and they matched the horses perfectly to the abilities and personalities of the riders. The cowboys were really knowledgeable and shared a lot of information with us about the area but then also gave us plenty of time to soak in the solitude and gorgeous scenery. I was super impressed at how kindly they treated the horses and how kind and friendly everyone was. It was a great experience, beautiful scenery, great guides and fabulous horses. We even got to see some wild horses enjoying themselves in the river. Can't wait to go back.

Visited November 2013
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Fountain Hills
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64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Giddyup Cowboy”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a blast ! no where else will you be able to go on a horseback ride and cross the verde river, ride under the trees and get very close to nesting bald eagles. YES, Bald Eagles out here in the desert. They are so much larger then you expect. Expert wranglers match you to the proper horse based upon your riding experience and desire. Very nice folks and good horses. Troy is most kind. He has assembled a great group of trail hands/wranglers that will help ensure a very memorable ride. Outstanding scenery in the area. Up arroyos and down through washes... keep your head on a swivel because you never know what you will see.

Visited May 2013
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Trail Rides”
Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Fort McDowell Adventures is approximately 10 minutes from Fountain Hills, AZ. The staff and riders are friendly and patient. The best part of the trail ride is crossing back and forth over the Verde River, not something you normally experience on a trail ride in AZ. They assign the horses based on the experience of the rider so don't be concerned about getting a horse you are not experienced enough to handle. If you are planning to go, watch for a Groupon. It will save you quite a bit of money.

Visited September 2013
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