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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:13

Arizona Outdoor Fun has just one philosophy when it comes to our outdoor adventures: never settle for average! Our ATV and UTV rentals are a great way to explore the Phoenix desert, but there’s no reason to settle for a generic experience when you can upgrade to a guided tour of a real western ghost town at the top of a mountain with breathtaking 360 degree views.

The town of Tip Top might look like ruins today, but back in 1876 the town was a well-established, thriving community. The 1,200 residents of Tip Top enjoyed a post office, grade school, six saloons, a brewery, two restaurants, a Chinese laundry, and an entire shopping district. Mine employees were mostly Civil War veterans from both the Confederate and Union armies, but no major skirmishes were ever reported between the two groups. Rumor has it legendary outlaws Doc Holiday and Big Nose Kate may have stopped at the mining town for a night during its prime.

During its time as Arizona’s largest active silver mining community, Tip Top produced more than $3 million worth of precious metal. Unexpectedly, it wasn’t lack of silver that wiped out Tip Top, but a drop in silver prices due to the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1893. In fact, many miners reported Tip Top as just one of many veins of silver that run through the mountain.

“The mine is not worked out; on the contrary not one twentieth part of the vein has been developed,” reported Henry Armitage in 1911.

Other miners agreed, stating that Tip Top had only tapped into a small portion of the rich resources the mountain had to offer. In fact, that silver lies in the mountain to this day just waiting to be discovered.

Our guided tours now offer you and your loved ones the opportunity to experience a real silver mining town for yourself. The foundations of many prominent buildings still exist and visitors can see fireplaces, roads, and the layout of the town as it once was, perched atop a picturesque Arizona mountain. The mine entrance is also visible to visitors who want to see exactly where so many people in the Old West worked every day.

We offer two five-hour ghost town tours starting daily at 8am and 1pm. We provide all safety gear, as well as water and snacks once we reach the ghost town. Choose from our large selection of ATVs for single riders or UTVs for up to four people. This is the perfect trip for adventure-minded Arizona residents or visitors who want to get a taste of what the southwest is really like.

Explore Yavapai County’s scenic desert with giant saguaros, barrel cactuses, and towering Joshua trees alongside the trail with our guided ghost town tour. Book online now or call (602) 400-2445 for more information. Looking for more summer fun? Stay tuned for information about our Lake Pleasant rentals!

Written by Joe Haldiman
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 16:10

When was the last time you hunted for treasure in the desert or built a raft to make your way to safety? Or the last time you spent time with your coworkers outside of the office? As it turns out, these activities might be more closely related than you think! Team building is the best way to build a better sense of unity and camaraderie in the office, which pays off in the long run.

Statistics show that companies with employees who feel engaged and involved in their work actually make 2 ½ times more revenue than those with low engagement levels. Companies that report positive changes in communication patterns usually attribute those changes to social interactions that occur outside of the office. Don’t leave these interactions to chance; team building activities can set the stage for a better work environment today!

Additional benefits of team building activities include:

  • Improved communication
  • Teamwork
  • Skill development
  • Build camaraderie

Arizona Outdoor Fun is the only outdoor adventure company in Phoenix able to accommodate groups of any size. Our team custom-builds an excursion exclusively for your team – whether you want to stay on land, sail out onto the water, or just learn about desert survival. Our team is capable of customizing adventures based on your group’s preferences. Past adventures have included:

Geocaching
This trendy activity comes to life in the Sonoran Desert! Participants use a GPS tracker to search for items and rescue castaways. This adventure combines land and water with Phoenix sightseeing in challenging, goal-oriented activities.

Desert Survival
Split into teams and search the desert for food and water. Build shelter and learn about signaling for help and aiding in rescue efforts. This is the right adventure for anyone who loves to venture out into the wilderness!

Island Drifters
Our water adventures are some of the most popular options for spring and summer! Participants will make rescue rafts from found items and get their team members to safety before time runs out. This is a great way to get outdoors and have fun in the sun – without straying too far from the water.

So, what are you waiting for? Improve your work environment today and create a space where employees can be their very best! Call (602) 400-2445 today for the adventure of a lifetime.

Written by Joe Haldiman
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 16:07

June marks the start of summer in the southwest. While many people assume that is the time to stay indoors, our clientele know the fun is just beginning! Summer is the perfect time for Phoenix visitors and residents alike to enjoy sightseeing at scenic Lake Pleasant. Rent Jet Skis and paddle boards on your own or take a tour from our certified tour operators for inside information about Waddell Dam and desert animals who frequent the lake. Before you hit the water, it is important to observe one simple rule: wear a lifejacket!

Arizona state law requires passengers 12 and under wear a life jacket while out on the water. If you are boating, there must be at least one life jacket on board for each passenger regardless of age. Take this a step further by opting for a US Coast Guard approved life jacket, which has added safety features. There are many types of life jackets to choose from, including:

Offshore Lifejacket (Type I)
This lifejacket is meant to be used for long-term survival far from the shore in rough, open water where rescue is not likely to come quickly. These are designed to turn unconscious people face-up in the water. Generally you will not need this type of heavy duty lifejacket at the lake.

Near Shore Buoyant Vest (Type II)
This is the “classic” lifejacket most people think of when they go to make a purchase. Like offshore lifejackets, many of these will also turn an unconscious person face-up in the water. These are less bulky, however, and are intended for use in areas where rescue is expected to happen quickly.

Flotation Aid (Type III)
Flotation aids are best used in calm water. These will generally not turn an unconscious person face-up, so only use these in areas where the water is calm and rescue is expected to happen quickly.

Throwable Device (Type IV)
While Throwable devices such as boat cushions, rungs and horseshoe buoys are helpful to have, remember they never replace the use of a lifejacket. Never use throwable devices for small children or someone who has been knocked unconscious.

The US Coast Guard recommends testing lifejackets for wear and buoyance once a year. If you have children, be sure to purchase child-size lifejackets for use on the water. A properly-sized lifejacket should fit snugly without allowing your child’s chin or ears to slip through.

This is the best time of year to enjoy the natural beauty of Peoria’s Lake Pleasant. Keep the whole family safe this summer with lifejackets that fit properly and adhere to all state regulations.

Which lifejackets do you like best? Tell us about your favorite brands and styles or share your story about a time when your lifejacket came in handy. Better yet: get on the water with Jet Ski and paddle board tours from our trained guides. We’ll review safety procedures with you so you never have to put your lifejacket to the test!

Written by Joe Haldiman