Custom & Private one day or overnight tours from Phoenix and Scottsdale

Make some detours off the beaten path. There is so much to see and do; the possibilities are limitless.

You pick the destinations and Southwest Tours will customize an itinerary to meet your needs. One, two, or three day, week long, or longer, custom tours anywhere your imagination can take you throughout the Southwest. Let our expert guides plan an amazing exploration of your choice of locations and attractions.

Grand CanyonWith over 32 Years of experience, Owner Jim Vaughan has explored every inch of the great State of Arizona, the Sonoran Desert and the Four Corners.

Individual or family tours of any size, from the comfort of a Chrysler Town & Country mini van to large buses and everything in between we have the ability to accommodate your every need.

We offer quality services from transportation to plans for meals and lodging, let us help you make the very most of your time and create an unforgettable adventure with memories to last a lifetime.

Your custom tour can be geared toward your personal interest such as:
-Local foods
-Native American
-Ghost towns

Private Tours to Grand Canyon from Phoenix & Scottsdale as well as Sedona and many more.
See our Grand Canyon and Sedona pages for more details. Custom Tour services are quoted on a per tour basis, so that we may offer the very best in custom tour services, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly.

Give us a call at 1-800-513-1381 and start your adventure today!





-Desert Botanical Garden
-Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright)
-Biosphere 2
-Carefree/Cave Creek
-Out of Africa
-Lowell Observatory
-Grand Canyon Railroad
-Verde Valley Railroad
-Local Museums
-Monument Valley
-Painted Desert
-Arches National Park
-Kartchner caverns

Cecar Breaks

Tours include:

-National Park Fees
-Local Professional Guide
-Local Taxes
-Bottled Water
-Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected pick up area-Phoenix/Scottsdale)

Aztec Ruins


On a custom/private tour you decide where we go, when we go, and how long we stay. You have total control over your own tour and don't have to compromise with a big tour company's schedule or strangers who don't have a similar interest.

Apache Trail

The Southwest Tours Experience

We love our great State of Arizona and enjoy sharing it with you, our guest. You can be sure you will get very professional, friendly, and personal service from the moment you contact us and even after your tour experience is over. Your comfort and the quality of your tour is important to us. We have a vested interest in making your guided tour fantastic because we own the business!

Interesting Articles and Great Information

Relax in your chair, grab some tea, and enjoy reading our helpful tips, looking at fantastic photos, and reading about everything Arizona.

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Frequently Asked Questions


These are the questions we get asked the most.
If you have a question that is not listed here, please give us a call at 602-971-1381 or send us an E-mail


Our tours depart from select centrally located hotels and resorts in Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona. Since there are over 100 hotels we can pick up from, it's impossible for us to list each one. We can make arrangements for people not staying in a hotel or resort. For those staying in the far east or south areas, you can meet us for your tours at a central location in Phoenix, Arizona. Those on the far west side can meet us at one of the hotels on I-17.

Our driver/guides are the heart of our company. They love sharing Arizona with it's many visitors and it shows. Each guide is highly trained and exceptionally knowledgeable about our great state, with customer satisfaction and safety their number one concern. If we can not accommodate your desired tour and schedule of availability we will do our best to help you find another company to meet your specific needs.

We use newer model, deluxe, stretch, 15-passenger vans, with no more than 12 passengers taken on any tour. All vans have comfortable captain chair seating, large windows and a speaker system so you can better hear your guide. Of course, they are heated and have air conditioning. For custom tours with more than 12 passengers, we will use coaches. We can accommodate groups of any size. For small groups we have a Town & Country Mini Van.

When you book your private/custom tour, we will give you an approximate time in which we will pick you up. The afternoon/evening before your tour we will call or email you and re-confirm your pick up time.

Dress comfortably. We don't do any difficult walking, but comfortable shoes are always good. We will give you weather conditions when we confirm your pick up time.

For a private or custom tour, please call us on our toll free number, (800) 513-1381.

Arizona photos


Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Four Corners plaque

Four Corners

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Meteor Crator

Meteor Crater

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission

Ruins at Navajo National Monument

Tsegi ruins at Navajo National Monument

Tombstone Arizona


Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam

Contact Us:

Vaughan's Southwest Tours


PO Box 31250
Phoenix, AZ 85046

Local: +1-602-971-1381

Toll free: +1-800-513-1381

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