A wedding weekend hike at the Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ

A wedding weekend hike at The Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ

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:

Horseback riding

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.

Mountain biking

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.

Rock climbing

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.

Active wedding weekend: rock-climbing at the Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ

Active wedding weekend: rock-climbing at The Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ



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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.


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