We board privately through a close friend.
Scouting is what I do in preparation for my deer and elk hunting in the fall.
I look for the herds, find where they bed up, find the feeding areas, and the transition areas.
I also locate the water holes, from which I can usually backtrack and find the animals.
The Prescott area is very heavily into equine activities. Lots and lots of trails, plenty of open spaces for taking a ride, and a wide variety of scenery choices, from tall pines and cool draws, to open prairies, to scrub and rocky mountainside adventures.
The bubble thing sounds like tubing on the salt river. It's fun. More fun if you have a cooler that fits into an innertube and can do a good imitation of a buoy.
However, being a northern climate person, be SURE to have the sunblock readily available.
SPF 45 or higher. The desert is very unkind to pasty white exposed skin, and you WILL fry yourself quickly (an hour outside in direct sun)without it.
Drink LOTS of water. In summer, I consume 2-5 gallons a day when moderately to heavily active. Yes, it seems like a lot, and you don't realize how much you're perspiring as its very dry.
But, you'll get a headache and cramps fast if you're not drinking enough.
AZ is an awesome place. Its amazingly beautiful, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, great food, and wonderful people.
Oh, and before I forget- if you see someone with a gun on their hip, don't flip out. It's common here, and very much legal, as well as socially accepted.
We take a lot of pride in freedom, the Constitution, and taking care of our own.
So, come on over and play in OUR backyard!
Now that I got myself all sorts of excited, I think imagonnahafta go exploring this morning!