15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, Arizona 85658 USA
Phone:  +1 (520) 572-3000   •  Map & Directions

Outdoor Experiences

Choose from endless outdoor recreation options during your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. We offer world class hiking, mountain biking, guided desert jeep tour, trail ride, geocaching, star gazing, and more. Our mild year-round weather offers you the chance to experience adventure any time of the year.

Stargazing Experience

Find out for yourself why southern Arizona is called the Astronomy Capital of the World. Gaze through a powerful telescope and discover the celestial wonders that surround us. Let your Personal Astronomer guide you through the different planets and stars that make up our night sky. Please call or visit our Concierge Desk at (520) 572-3050 for more information and pricing. Advanced reservations required. 

Every Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. enjoy this unique experience complimentary for hotel guests. 
Night Hike

Gear up and head into Wild Burro Canyon to discover the Dove Mountain night life. The night’s main attraction is the eye-catching glow-in-the-dark scorpion. Thanks to a fluorescent chemical in the exoskeleton, these majestic creatures give off a blue-green light under certain UV wavelengths. Guests should wear closed toed shoes with good traction. Guests will be provided with a head light and a black light to use.

Tour departs from the lobby at 7 p.m. every Friday.
$29 per adult and $15 per child under 12. Reservations suggested


Enjoy over 26 miles of hiking trails in the adjacent Tortolita Preserve. You can experience the lush Sonoran Desert on your own or with one of our knowledgeable guides. Hiking maps available at the Concierge Desk.

Group Guided Hiking

Ancient Rock Art Tour
(Approximately 4 miles, 2 - 3 hours in length)
Examine several Hohokam and archaic tribal sites containing rock imagery and morteros (grinding holes) where ancient people prepared their meals. Visit well known and secret locations where the ancient ones once lived. 9:30 a.m., Wednesday & Saturday, $35 per person*

Cactus Discovery Tour
(Approximately 3.5 miles, 2 - 2.5 hours in length)
Witness a multitude of cactus varieties, walk amongst giant saguaros and take in the Sonoran Desert in its truest form as you navigate the Upper and Lower Javelina Trails. 9:30 a.m., Thursday & Sunday, $35 per person*

Ridge & Ruin Tour
(Approximately 4 miles, 2.5 - 3 hours in length)
Discover the upper reaches of Alamo Ridge and descend into Wild Burro Canyon to explore the historic ruins of the T Bench Bar Ranch. 9:30 a.m., Tuesday & Friday, $35 per person*

Sunset Vista Tour 
(Approximately 2.2 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours in length)
Leave the stress of the day behind you and experience the Sonoran Desert at the height of its beauty…..sunset. This hike will take you along our Upper Javelina trail. 4 p.m., Thursday - Saturday, $55 per person*

* All tours meet in the lobby 10 minutes prior to stated departure times. 24 hour advanced reservations required.

Private Guided Hiking
Enjoy any of our offered Guided Hikes on your schedule or customize your own private hike with one of our knowledgeable Rangers.

For reservations and pricing, please call the Concierge Desk at (520) 572-3050

Family Geocaching
It’s a scavenger hunt in the desert! Join us for a family-friendly adventure as you explore the Sonoran Desert with a GPS unit to find hidden Geocache boxes. Please visit our Concierge Desk or Ranger Headquarters for GPS rentals and maps. $60 per family of five

Canyon Geocaching
With a GPS unit and a spirit of adventure as your only guides, navigate through the Wild Burro Canyon to unique points of interest, conduct environmental experiments and participate in trivia while taking in expansive vistas and experiencing the Sonoran Desert in all its glory. Please visit our Concierge Desk or Ranger Headquarters for GPS rentals and map. $75 per group of five
Mountain Biking 

The network of hiking trails surrounding the resort also offer great options for mountain biking. Guest of the hotel have use of mountain bikes as part of the Resort Activity Package or are welcome to bring their own equipment. Please visit our Concierge Desk or Ranger Headquarters for more information.
Jeep Tours

Enjoy a thrilling desert jeep ride on a pristine trail in the Sonoran Desert with Trail Dust Adventures. Experience the desert first-hand with one of their knowledgeable guides who will lead you through the plants and animals native to the Sonoran Desert. Learn about the giant saguaro cactus, and with any luck get to see one of our fascinating desert creatures. Discover the history of the land and visit an ancient Hohokam site – one of the very first inhabitants of the area surrounding the resort. Please call or visit our Concierge Desk at (520) 572-3050 for more information and pricing. Advanced reservations required.
Trail Rides

Explore the surrounding desert from the back of a horse. Experienced guides will lead the way through majestic giant saguaros and lush desert. Rides are suitable for most ages and skill levels. Please call or visit our Concierge Desk at (520) 572-3050 for more information and pricing. Advanced reservations required.
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