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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Feb. 1

Arizona River Runners is offering three new Grand Canyon spring trips designed to offer visitors more time for additional side-canyon hiking; The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, set in Arizona’s Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, is offering a variety of desert adventures for guests; and VegasHorsebackTours.com is helping Las Vegas visitors rediscover Nevada’s Wild, Wild West with discounted horseback excursions.

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Arizona River Runners Adds Grand Canyon Rafting Spring Trips

Arizona River Runners, an authorized concessionaire of Grand Canyon National Park, is offering three new spring trips designed to offer visitors more time for additional side-canyon hiking and discovery in the milder temperatures of the desert available during the month of April.

This will be the only time that these special trips are being offered during the 2010 season, the company said.

Those visitors willing to hike more will be treated to additional breathtaking viewpoints and unforgettable side-canyon experiences as this special three-part trip is available to guide travelers into the lesser-seen side of the Grand Canyon.

With extra time each day passengers will experience the astounding views of hidden waterfalls, ancient Indian ruins and magnificent overlooks.

The special spring trips include:

April 3-14, 2010, 12-day motor powered trip. This 12-day/11-night adventure travels a total of 225 miles through the Grand Canyon. The trip begins at Marble Canyon, and ends at Diamond Creek. This trip discovers the rush of excitement from rafting the Colorado River whitewater.

April 3-8, 2010, six-day motor powered trip. Passengers can experience 87 river miles during six-days and five-nights of some of the most spectacular views and gorgeous sandstone rock formations of the upper Canyon. On day six passengers will start the 7.5 mile final hike out of the Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim. Great trip for those wanting more hiking and it fits perfectly into a weeklong vacation.

April 8-14; 2010, a seven-day motor powered trip. After an exhilarating 7.5 mile morning hike from the South Rim to the river just below Phantom Ranch passengers will spend the next week exploring the 138 river miles to Diamond Creek. Visitors will have the opportunity for more off-river time to take in the spectacular vistas and side stream hikes. This trip is great for those who realize that you not only enjoy the spectacular rapids of the "inner gorge," but also the many sights there are to explore along this section of the Grand Canyon corridor.

For more information, visit the Web site at
www.raftarizona.com and click on "Browse Our Specials," or call 1(800) 477-7238.

Arizona's Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Unveils Slate Of Adventures

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, set in Arizona's Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, is offering a variety of desert adventures for guests that range from bicycling and hiking to desert Jeep tours and world class golf.

"The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is perched in an amazing natural setting that is truly one of a kind," said Allan Federer, general manager. "Our 850-acre location offers 20 miles of property hiking trails already mapped by National Geographic, mountain biking through a lush Saguaro cactus forest, guided desert Jeep tours from the resort front door, kids and teens' environmental programming, and the opportunity for guests to enjoy a real cattle drive."

Adventure programming highlights at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain include:

  • Hiking. The Tortolita Mountain Park borders The Ritz-Carlton to the north, offering 3,000 scenic and undisturbed acres and 20 miles of charted hiking surrounded by desert landscapes and wildlife.

  • Bicycling. The Tucson area has been ranked by Bicycling Magazine as one of the top cycling places in the U.S., with more than 500 miles of bike routes linking 128 nearby city parks. Adding to these riches, the adjoining Coronado National Forest hosts mountain biking and rock climbing as well as skiing the 9,100-foot Mount Lemmon.

  • Desert Jeep Tours. Open-air four-wheel-drive vehicles ferry resort guests into the Tortolita Preserve to learn about Saguaro, Barrel and Cholla Cacti, about desert critters, and about legendary cowboy cattle rancher Eugene "Cush" Cayton, the original homesteader who settled Dove Mountain in 1926.

  • White Stallion Ranch Adventures. The Ritz-Carlton enjoys a rare partnership with Tucson's acclaimed White Stallion Ranch, offering special access to trail rides, breakfast rides, team cattle penning, mountain rides, afternoons at the ranch, work activities at the ranch, family rides, upscale wine rides and even ranch hand rodeo each Saturday night.

  • World-Class Golf. Resort guests who prefer more manicured adventures need go no farther than The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain. With his first Tucson golf course in 25 years, Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the resort's high Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his new Signature Golf Course at Dove Mountain, designing and blending 27 holes among the tall saguaros that stand along the surrounding Tortolitas.

The 850-acre Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain features a 250-room hotel, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, destination spa and luxury homes at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. For further resort reservation information, call (800) 241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain.

VegasHorsebackTours.com Extends Discounts for Springtime Travelers

VegasHorsebackTours.com is helping Las Vegas visitors rediscover Nevada's Wild, Wild West with horseback excursions, and currently is extending its discounts for springtime tours.

"Las Vegas has a history before the 1960s when gaming became part our nation's pop culture," said Ruben Villegas a Las Vegas Horseback Tours Specialist. "The Pony Express cut through central Nevada to the north, infamous outlaws road up from the south, and silver mining towns sprung up throughout the area."

Three of the most popular VegasHorsebackTours.com tours are all modeled after real western rides: the Wild, Wild West Sunset Dinner Ride; the Ol' Spanish Trail Lunch Ride; and the Maverick Western Ride.

The Wild, Wild West Sunset Dinner. The most popular horseback tour in Las Vegas takes place at sunset with an exhilarating ride across the beautiful and scenic desert countryside. After, working cowhands teach tourists how to heard and pen cattle, just like real ranchers did before breaking camp for the night.

The Maverick Breakfast Ride. Well before temperatures heat up around the Las Vegas valley, this one-and-a-half hour ride transverses a trail head originally carved out by cowboys and outlaws. The ride begins with breakfast cooked cowboy style.

The Ol' Spanish Trail Ride. The Old Spanish Trail was the preferred route of American outlaws and desperadoes. Originally created by the Spanish for trading expeditions, the winding mountain path was once the only southern trail that connected California to the rest of the country. The ride includes a cowboy cooked lunch.

Rides are discounted, ranging from $109 to $139 per person. Riders must be at least 6 years old.

All excursions also include complimentary pick-up and drop-off from Las Vegas Strip hotels. There is a limited number of horses available per tour. For reservations and more information, call toll free (888) 584-9059 or visit

Vegas Horseback Tours is the oldest Las Vegas horseback riding tour in the area with the lowest prices. It offers a variety of tours, ranging from one-and-a-half hours to overnight rides. Group tours frequently include other experiences on request, especially when they include team-building activities.