The Boulders resort, on the northern edge of Scottsdale, Arizona, has always been a stunning wedding spot, with its Flintstonian rock formations, sparkling pools, and ample gathering spots (everything from a Moroccan-style courtyard to a party-size firepit). If your guests were into golf (the two courses are award-winners), tennis, and luxury, a weekend here would be filled to the brim.
But if your crew was a little less Lilly Pulitzer and a little more Patagonia? Not so much.
That’s all changed, thanks to the resort’s new menu of outdoor adventure activities. They all begin a few minute’s walk from your casita, which means you can hand your rental car keys to the valet at check-in, and not retrieve them until check-out. A few adventures that are perfect for wedding parties:
Trails that wind through the desert landscape seem even more romantic when you’re traversing them on a magnificent beast. Windwalker Horseback rides start at the edge of the property and climb nearby hillsides for wide valley views. The perfect reward: Massages at the resort spa, followed by organic wine in the cafe.
Acres of mountain bike trails–both single and double-track–begin at the resort and take your two-wheeling pals through a surreal landscape of saguaro cacti and families of lightening-fast desert partridge. Like your cycling at night? The Boulders’ paved routes provide an exhilarating roller-coaster style route past night-blooming cacti and howling coyote. The perfect reward: Tequila shots and guac at the Spotted Donkey.
Rarely will you find a landscape better suited to learning a classic “crack” or “face” climb. The beginners in your group will be handled with care; experienced climbers find routes worthy of their skills. The perfect reward: A pitcher of margaritas beside the main resort pool as a manmade waterfall provides background music.
And just in case your guests decide to turn your weekend wedding into a week-long celebration, there are desert hikes, hot-air balloon rides, heli tours of the Grand Canyon, and outstanding stargazing sessions.
Oh yeah, and golf.
Want to know more about planning destination wedding travel to The Boulders or other Arizona resorts? Our travel partners at Coastline Travel Advisors, a Virtuoso agency, are ready to help.