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“Great Trail Rides”

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 21 September 2013

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.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

I've ridden at several stables in the area, and this is by far the best! Great horses and tack, knowledgeable friendly guide, and the scenery was outstanding. The wildlife was awesome (deer, bald eagle, wild horses, etc). I rarely write reviews, but the best trail ride of my life warranted the time. I live locally, and plan to go back frequently!

1  Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Although we rode out on a mixed ability ride the horses and the terrain made for a very enjoyable couple of hours...! We rode through some great scenery and crossed the Rio Verde twice. The highlight was riding past the nest of a Bald Eagle and then later in the ride seeing those bird glide past us. The set-up at Fort McDowell Adventures is a professional one and if you are interested in horses then their collection of shires is sure to appeal.

Thank Phil G
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Reviewed 8 April 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.

Thank SunTia
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Reviewed 2 April 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!

Thank tlkafam1
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