THIS ADVENTURE IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE SUMMER SEASON (JUN 1 THRU SEPT 14)
We offer the #1 Ranked night time, self-drive Scottsdale|Phoenix ATV tours! Why sit in the back seat of a Jeep or Hummer when you can be driving your off-road vehicle equipped with brilliant LED lights?
Hop in your TomCar ATV and experience the Arizona sunset like never before! Your Adventure Guide will show you the way as you traverse the dynamic terrain and bring you to “Sunset Point”, where you will watch the beautiful sunset cast an array of colors through the sky as it dips behind the distant mountain vistas. It’s a sunset you are sure to remember! Once the darkness rises over the eastern horizon, flip the switch for your powerful off-road LED light bar and head further on your journey while the desert takes on a new life. As the nocturnal creatures come out, you might just find among them Scorpions, which glow like the moon under our backlights, the famous Western Diamondback Rattler, Desert Mice, Jack Rabbits, Coyotes, and if you are lucky… possibly a Bobcat or majestic Mountain Lion! This is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Come see the Sonoran Desert like never before!
2.5 – 3 hours (actual tour time. Must arrive 15 minutes prior for check-in)
June 1 – September 15: 45 mins to 1 hour prior to Sunset. (See calendar above for specific timing)
Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon
47801 N Black Canyon Highway
New River, AZ 85087
Adults (12 years and older) – $165 per person (Minimum of 2 adult tickets per reservation)
Children (11 years and under) – $99 per child
Bottled Water, Souvenir Desert Wolf Neck Buff, Souvenir Desert Wolf Beverage Coozie
AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS: (must present valid ID at time of tour to maintain discount)
$10 off pp Military/First Responder (Police, Fire, EMS) – Promo Code SERVICE10
$10 off pp Locals (Arizona Residents with Arizona ID) – Promo Code LOCALS10
Group discount available for groups of 12 or more. Call 877-613-9653 ext 2 for pricing.
A minimum of 2 adult tickets must be purchased per reservation. All vehicles are 4 seat vehicles. If you have 2 empty seats, you may be combined with another group of 2 unless a Private Vehicle Upgrade is selected during the booking process ($99 upgrade per car of 2). Use of the discount codes above must be accompanied by a valid corresponding ID at time of tour to maintain discount. Guests under 18 years of age must wear a DOT Approved helmet, by federal law, which can be supplied by DWT. Must be 18 years or older with a valid Driver’s License to operate a Tomcar. THIS ADVENTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY FIREARMS ACTIVITIES. If you are interested in our firearms activity, please view the ATV Tour and Machine Gun Adventure activity page.
Do you provide Hotel/Resort pickup?
We currently do not offer guest pickup at this time because we have found that most guests prefer to arrange for their own transportation. There are several good reasons for that. Firstly, most of our guests want to enjoy a relaxing meal and beverage at the on-site RoadRunner Restaurant and Saloon before or after their tour. For many, this “locals” hangout is part of the Arizona Experience. In addition, many guests want to spend some time at the close-by Anthem Outlet Mall, the Pioneer Living History Museum, or charming Cave Creek, AZ. When we provide transportation, you are not be able to enjoy these things because you will arrive right before your tour and depart right after your tour. Secondly, there are many great transportation options in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Most resorts have car rentals available right at the resort for a very reasonable price. And, for those that don’t, rental car agencies are located all over the valley. In addition to this, there are numerous transportation companies that will provide round trip transportation on your schedule, not ours. And, quickly growing in popularity are taxi services such as Uber or Lyft. Scottsdale/Phoenix visitors quickly find that they have lots of great transportation options that allow them to maximize their vacation fun.
What time do tours depart?
Tour departure times vary throughout the year, depending on the tour you select. Please check the booking calendar for the day your are interested in to see tour availability and departure times. If you have already booked a tour, please check your confirmation email for the exact time that you need to arrive for your tour. You won’t want to be late or you may very well miss the tour.
How long is the tour?
The Tomcar Sunset Adventure is 2.5 – 3 hours.
Where do we meet?
We meet on the outside patio of the RoadRunner Restaurant and Saloon to get acquainted and sign waivers and agreements. 47801 N. Black Canyon Highway, New River, AZ, 85087. You can receive directions via email by sending an email to [email protected] Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour departure time.
Are their restrictions for riders (age, etc.)?
No. Our vehicles are very safe and we leave the minimum age to the discretion of the parents or guardians. We have had kids as young a 1 year old who enjoyed our tours. We just ask that the parents or guardians take care of their children on the tour so that all the guests have an enjoyable time. All riders under the age of 18 must wear a DOT-approved safety helmet which we provide.
Can everyone drive?
Anyone aged 18 or older with a valid driver’s license may drive. You must have your driver’s license with you.
How many seats in each Tomcar?
Our fleet of Tomcar’s seat up to 4 passengers per car.
What should we wear?
Our tours are “rain or shine”, so we recommend that all of our guests dress accordingly. During the winter months, it can be very chilly in the morning or after the sun goes down. Please come prepared (hats, gloves, etc.). Tomcars are open-sided vehicles and we tour the most bio-diverse and largest desert in the United States (the Sonoran Desert). We go overboard to make sure that every guest is kept safe while on tour. But, it’s not a controlled environment. Expect the unexpected. And, PLEASE check the local weather report for the day of your tour!
Should we bring a camera?
Yes. The Sonoran Desert is a gorgeous place. You will encounter some breathtaking views and will probably want to capture these memories by taking pictures. Also, our guides are more than happy to take pictures with your camera upon request.
Should we bring water?
We always bring along large coolers filled with plenty of ice and water. If you prefer your own non-alcoholic beverage, you are more than welcome to use our coolers.
Do we need a reservation in advance?
Yes. All reservations must be made in advance.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a 48-hours advance notice (prior to your scheduled departure) in order to receive a 100% refund.
What happens if it rains?
Our tours depart “rain or shine”. Please dress for the weather and expect the time of your lives. Our guests are (mostly) sheltered from the rain in their Tomcars. You will probably get a little wet if it rains. But that’s part of the adventure right? The quality of our tours are never dampened by rain.
Are there restrooms on the tours?
No. We recommend that guests use facilities located within the RoadRunner Saloon prior to departure.
How safe are the Tomcars?
Tomcars were originally designed for Israeli Defense Forces. They weigh just under 1,800 pounds, boast independent front and rear suspension systems, and have a wide wheel base making them one of the safest off road vehicles in the World. And all of our Tomcars are equipped with a 4-point safety harness system.
Should we tip our guides?
Our guides work very hard to make sure that everyone has an exceptional time and always appreciate the thoughtfulness of their guests. Tip income goes a long way toward making Guiding a viable career option.
Can pregnant woman take the tour?
This is entirely up to the guest and the discretion of their doctor. However, if you are experiencing contractions, we think you’ll have a much different adventure waiting for you at the hospital. You can take a tour with us another time. And, please remember, once the tour goes out, there is no way to get back other than come back with the tour.
Will there be other people in my vehicle?
We are a group guided adventure that takes a convoy of vehicles out into the desert. Most of our Tomcars are 4 seaters. Groups of 3 or 4 will have their own private car. Depending on the mix of guests that we have for your scheduled tour time, a group of 2 may or may not have another group of 2 in their car. That said, all guests will have plenty of time to drive if they choose and are sure to have a spectacular time. Are you a group of 2 that would like to reserve your own private car? We have you covered. You may reserve your own private vehicle at the time of booking for a nominal upgrade fee.
Do you require safety helmets?
Federal regulations now require that anyone under the age of 18 where a DOT-approved safety helmet, and we will provide these.
How far are you from Phoenix? Scottsdale?
Our desert tour departure location is approximately 3 miles North of Phoenix city limits and is about 40 minutes from both downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale.
“Fabulous Tomcar Sunset Experience”
-DutchCanadian75; Edmonton, CA
Think it’s too hot in the summer in Phoenix to go ATV-ing? Think again!
My wife and I had a great experience with Kevin of Desert Wolf Tours doing the SunsetTomcar experience.
We met Kevin at the Roadrunner restaurant in New River around 6:15pm, where he gave us a short explanation about the tour and how to drive the Tomcar (very easy).
We drove in/through the Sonoran desert in the Tomcar. What an incredible experience. My wife and I took turns driving.
We watched the beautiful sunset together.
Kevin is very knowledgable and showed us all the different plants of the desert and how to survive in the desert if need be 😉
Then we went scorpion hunting in the dark. We both did not know before this tour that Scorpions light up neon-yellow when using Black Light. It was so much fun trying to find them. In the end we found 6 or 7 of them. I even managed to take a picture of one under the black light.
We were back at the restaurant after about 3hrs.
Big Thank You to Kevin who made the tour entertaining and fun.
“Amazing Sunset Desert Tour!”
Kari S.; Crown Point, IN
This is a first class adventure! Never before did I think I’d venture into the desert at sunset! Alex is an awesome tour guide and extremely knowledgable. My husband and I truly enjoyed driving through the terrain, some smooth and some not so much 😉 and soaking up the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Looking for scorpions, bobcats, lizards and snakes…who would of thought! So much fun…you have to try it, you will not be disappointed! FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!