Phoenix, Arizona in The Spring: Perfection

There is really nothing quite like it, as I squeal with glee in the backseat of the open-air, 4-wheel drive! Just being out on the open road in the desert landscape made all the difference in the world for me, as I am a city-dwelling fiend.  The smell of dirt and yet, fresh grass mixed with the cool breeze against my skin, it put me in pure relax mode with a slight tinge feeling of “hang on tight” because this truck is movin’.

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Although living so close to the edges of nature, I never really do too much in the way of outdoor activities, not even when the ‘perfect weather of almost anywhere in the USA in the Spring‘ is right here in my own home town.

Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, AZ

The Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, AZ

Even my friend Lee Abbamonte, who is the youngest American to visit every country in the world (312 total countries) thinks so!

And he is among one of the world’s most-traveled people!

Lee Abbamonte quote

Lee Abbamonte quote

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

After our wild ride in the famous pink colored jeeps, we finished the night at Canyon Creek Ranch, which sits high in the Sonoran Desert among the Bradshaw Mountains with rugged terrain for four wheeling!

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Here’s the deal:  Scottsdale Arizona now has its own Pink Jeep Tours that for years Sedona has been famous for.  The tour I went on and recommend wholeheartedly is the Cactus Canyon & Cowboy Adventure, where I previously wrote about ending up at Canyon Creek Ranch and about what a great experience it was.

Pink Jeep Tours have a great set up, where they pick you up at your greater Phoenix area hotel in an air-conditioned, pink van and then they take you out in comfort to Bar Rescue’s Chilleen’s AZ in Black Canyon City.  This is the stop to exchange vehicles, make a pit stop, grab a bite to eat and get ready for the adventure that is “Pink Jeep Tours” to begin!  From here, they do two hours of off-roading with engaging and professional tour guides that can handle theses beasts and are graduates of the Pink Jeep College, Smith System Driver Training Program and are certified by the National Association for Interpretation (ie they are trained, qualified and safe). And honestly, this tour is a blast and one you will have a great time on!

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

Pink Jeep Tours, Phoenix, AZ

When you are ready to be safely deposited back to your hotel, I think there would be nothing more appropriate than a stay at Lon’s Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, to go along with the western theme of Cactus Canyon and Cowboy Adventure.  This hidden gem is tucked away deep in a Paradise Valley residential neighborhood.  It is a luxury boutique hotel that was built back in the 1930’s with a recently completed $2 million dollar remodel that has transformed its suites into a sophisticated, yet comfortable place to rest your head after a long day in the desert.

Lon's Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ

Lon’s Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ

Ending the night at the Last Drop Bar, which pays homage to Lon Megargee’s “The Last Drop” painting, that symbolizes every cowboy’s appreciation for his horse (and is still printed on every Stetson hat sold today).  Nothing could be more fitting that to have an “El Diablo” at cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee’s one room studio, that eventually was turned into the Inn you see today.

"El Diablo" at Last Drop Bar, Lon's at the Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ

“El Diablo” at Last Drop Bar, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ

Recommended Reading for Amazing Scottsdale Hotels:

W SCOTTSDALE – WOW! The 2 Bedroom WOW Suite Review

Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart

Wine me, Dine me and Spa: Hyatt Scottsdale, AZ

The story behind the story: The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Pour Me Some Whiskey and Lies- Jade Bar – Sanctuary’s Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Native American Wisdom, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

And Things to do in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Sedona, Arizona

Western Destinations: Who Knew It Was Phoenix, AZ?

Chihuly: The Maestro in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ

Going Off-Road thru Sedona, AZ with Pink Jeep Tours

Sedona’s Red Cathedral Rock

Disclosure:  My time spent riding high in the pink jeep was courtesy of Pink Jeep Tours and in no way influenced the amazing time I spent in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.  My pleasurable swallows of “El Diablo” was courtesy of the Last Drop Bar at Lon’s Hermosa Inn and I enjoyed every last drop!



  1. Phoebe (Short Road to Happy) March 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

    GREAT photos!! I can’t wait to share this post with my sister who lives in Phoenix! She’ll love it! Thanks again!

    • admin March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for sharing this Phoenix post! I am learning to travel in my own backyard!

  2. elaine schoch March 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I love Phoenix in the spring – and winter. It’s a great escape from winter in Colorado.

    • admin March 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Me too!

  3. Rebecca April 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I too experienced the amazing Cactus Canyon and Cowboy Adventure! Pink Jeep Tours really threw together this amazing experience well! Dan Blake you sure know how to guide the people of Arizona to the most amazing experience they may ever have. My son, 7 years old has not stopped talking about this amazing experience! Never under estimate the Desert! Thanks Cowboy Joe- it was a day to never be forgotten! The food was incredible right off the grill and the family was beyond welcoming. My son shot guns, took part in archery, and roped a bull! Never to be forgotten! Rebecca in Phoenix:)

    • admin April 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      I am so glad that you got to experience some AZ hospitality! I loved it too!

  4. Luke Nevius Jr. April 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    went to Arizona Dec. 21 thru Dec .28. Took a tour to Sedona with Pink Jeep Tours and we loved it very much. We just came back from Spring Training on March 22nd and had a great time. Love the cities in Arizona and the friendly people. This was our 3 trip to Arizona in the last year.

    • admin April 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Arizona is so perfect in the Spring! Glad you enjoyed it!

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