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“An exhilarating adventure!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mild to Wild Rhino Tours

Mild to Wild Rhino Tours
145 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767
(866) 964-7961
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Owner description: Mild To Wild Rhino Tours is Southern Utah's Fun! We offer 3, 4 ,5 and 6 hour guided UTV tours of Southern Utah. Our Certified Guides are very knowledgeable about the area and can give you useful information about the scenery and wildlife you will see while out on the trail. Terain varies from open road, rock crawling, trail riding and playing in the sand. You will see views of Zion National Park, Kolob, Pine Valley Mountain and surrounding areas. Mild to Wild is family friendly. We offer tours all year 'round. You Drive-We Guide. You may only spend a day with us but your memories will last a lifetime.
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“An exhilarating adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I took a tour on December 26th, and it really was a very memorable Christmas holiday outing. I advance-booked in November, and right from the outset Susan was super-helpful in building a rapport and ensuring we had all the information we needed. She reassured me that booked tours run regardless of the number of participants, so there was no need to worry about cancellation or moving us to a different day to consolidate numbers. This is a big plus, I think, and is just one of the ways in which Mild to Wild Rhino tours excels in personal customer service. When they say they want you to have a really wonderful experience they really mean it.

Pickup was at the Springdale cinema foyer, where Mild 2 Wild has an office. It's very convenient for Springdale visitor accommodations, but bring your car, as you'll need to drive out to the trail point where the Rhinos will be waiting for you. These 660cc Yamaha workhorses are well maintained, heavy duty vehicles with good suspension and cage roof top for safety and comfort - not the flimsy looking open-tops some companies use. As well as seat belts you'll be offered the option of helmets and goggles, and in winter there was also the option of extra warm-weather gear.

Each vehicle seats two, and the passenger seat is suitable for anyone large enough to wear an adult seatbelt. Anyone with a full drivers' license can operate the vehicle, which is very straightforward, but full instruction is given. With 2 heavyish middle-aged adults on board, in challenging weather, our maximum speed was 29mph, but I think the Rhinos can achieve up to 40mph in the right conditions. Even 29mph feels quite exhilarating off-road and in the snow! The gradients these vehicles can tackle, both up and down hill, is amazing, and really adds to the fun.

The tour itself takes you through Anansi tribe back country that you'd probably never get to negotiate on your own. We had just one guide, as there was only the two of us, and Buddy was excellent in every respect. He has family roots in Southern Utah, and his knowledge and anecdotes really added to our experience. When tours involve larger numbers Mild to Wild uses more guides where appropriate, to ensure the party stays together and everyone gets a good experience.

Whilst this was a great and invigorating winter outing, be aware that the weather may affect visibility of panoramic views, and take Susan's advance advice about clothing and footwear. Bring a camera, binoculars and maybe an insulated safety cup with a hot drink if the weather's particularly cold. Remember that you'll need more clothing than you would if you were generating your own heat by hiking. The passenger footwell can accommodate a small daypack easily.

We would go on another of these tours in a heartbeat, and hope to visit again to see the seasonal contrasts - cactus flowers, wildlife, sunsets, etc. We'd recommend Mild to Wild Rhino tours for singles, couples of all ages, and families without tiny children. It's a wonderful way to go off the beaten track without the need to be superfit. All you need to be able to do is climb into the vehicle and enjoy the ride!

Visited December 2012
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mildtowild2009, Owner at Mild to Wild Rhino Tours, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thanks ofr posting such a great review. Wow what a day we had! Started out at 26 degrees and snowing. We had planned for a 5 hour but ended up a 3 hours due to worsening weather conditions, poor visibility and heavy snow. The weather around Zion is very unpredictable during the winter months.
We greatly appreciate the input you gave us and we are working to make changes to our tours during winter months.
Thanks for riding with us and we sincerly hope you were satisfied with the outcome of your experience and look forward to seeing you out on the trail again with Mild to Wild .
Thanks,
Buddy
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Must do in Zion area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Outstanding tour! Great view of the fantastic scenery from off the main roads! Buddy is an excellent guide, well educated in the geography, history, and artifacts in the area. The equipment is well maintained, easy to operate, and adds a lot of fun to the tour. Susan is helpful in scheduling and choosing the right trip to fit your needs. Well worth the cost, we'd do it again if we are in the area! -Lindy & Kristina

Visited December 2012
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mildtowild2009, Owner at Mild to Wild Rhino Tours, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thaks so much for posting such an awesome review! We are so glad you had a great time out on the trail. Buddy had a great time showing you the sights of our area. The scerney is fantastic! Mild to Wild looks forward to seeing out on the trail one day very soon!
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Perfect!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Our family took a jeep tour of Zion 8 years ago with a different company and the results were mixed. The scenery was amazing, but the equipment was uncomfortable and left us wondering if we would ever try again. Buddy and Mild To Wild were a completely different experience! The scenery was amazing, the ride was smooth and exciting, and the tour guide was the embodiment of perfection. He was informative, patient, and listened to our ideas and concerns. Our family had a great time, and would recommend Mild to Wild to anyone who has ever considered a back country off road tour in Zion.

Visited November 2012
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mildtowild2009, Owner at Mild to Wild Rhino Tours, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time out on the trail (and the scenery) and that Mild to Wild and your guide, Buddy, exceded your expectations. Buddy had a wonderful time showing you the sights of our area. The Rhinos sure do have asmooth ride.Thanks for an awesome review and hope to see you again one day out on the trail with Mild to Wild.
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“Super fun, exhilarating and private!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I went on the 3-hour Smithsonian Butte/Gooseberry Mesa morning tour while visiting Zion in late September and had a blast. The Rhinos are fast, fun and easy to drive. After days of hiking all over southern Utah, this was a nice and needed change of pace - and an exhilarating way to see and explore the area.

My guide Buddy, was great. He put me at ease with driving the Rhino, and showed/told me lots of interesting things about the local terrain, wildlife, history and folklore. This was a fun way to escape the tourist congestion around Zion, too; in a matter of minutes we were winding our way through back country areas that only locals know about... It felt like we had the whole area all to ourselves!

It was also a nice surprise to find how smooth the ride was in the Rhino; I was concerned that I'd end up with a headache or stiff neck, but once we began the tour I quickly realized that the ride in the vehicle is very smooth regardless of the terrain.

Visited September 2012
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mildtowild2009, Owner at Mild to Wild Rhino Tours, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks for posting such an awesome review. We are glad you had a great ime out on the trail with Buddy and enjoyed the scenery of our beautiful area.. The Rhinos are a blast to drive! We hope to see you again!
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“Fantastic Experience - Must do in Springdale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and and I went on the Mild to Wild Rhino Tour in late September, what a fantastic time. Buddy is so knowledgeable about the area and really made for a fun and interesting time. The tour takes you to some of the most beautiful areas in Southern Utah. Buddy shared a number of very interesting stories about the area and showed us tons of things about the plants and wildlife. He then took us to see some of the indian petroglyphs which were amazing. We got some beautiful photos but they don't even begin to show how much we saw that morning. Make sure you wear clothes that can dusty and get dirty and be prepared to laugh, smile and be in awe of what you will see. Thanks for a fantastic time, don't miss this if you are in the Springdale area or visiting Zion NP.

Visited September 2012
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mildtowild2009, Owner at Mild to Wild Rhino Tours, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thanks for posting a great review. We are so gald you had a great time out on the trail, enjoyed the petroglyphs and the awesome scenery. We hope to see you again one day very soon.
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