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Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

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Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

An off road Pink Jeep tour sounds exciting, but I think that it may not be the best option for me because of it being too bumpy. Has anyone taken the Red Rock Range tour? Or would the Scenic Sedona tour be better? We plan on driving to the popular sites ourselves, so is it worthwhile to go on the Scenic Sedona tour? Would we see/learn something different on the Red Rock Range tour? Any recommendations?

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1. Re: Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

Call Pink Jeep and get the details of their scenic tour on paved roads. They also have other tours that may work for you, but a call them. I’ve found the staff to be extremely helpful.

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2. Re: Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

Yes, for some, the off road tours are bumpy but its the side to side and quick up-and-over un-even rock...over 2 hours that can really bother any orthopedic issues like back, neck or knee problems. If you have issues, the nice people who run or lead the tours may have no experience with orthopedic issues...they cannot believe how easily it could hurt you. Riding in the front seat is also not enough...been there done that, re-injured my back.

Pink Jeep also now has an on-pavement tour. https:/… There is also the fun Red Rock Western Easy on the Asphalt tour. http://redrockjeep.com/a_easyasphalt.html

Magic Red Trolley tour. http://www.redrockmagictrolley.com

Hummer Sedona Highlight tour. https:/…hummer-tours-1

It depends on how much reading about Sedona you do beforehand...you do learn a lot on the tour and will get an idea of where things are located for the rest of your visit. We recommend any tour on the first day of your visit and not at the end of it. If budget is an issue you certainly can go to all the Sedona area attractions on your own...and at your own pace.



Other Recommendations for Sedona:

Where are you staying and how long? How you visit the 5 various areas of Sedona depends on that. Look at this and try to group areas together to avoid a lot of backtracking and drives/delays at the Uptown Traffic Circles.


1...To the south: The Red Rock Byway the #179 from the Village of Oak Creek to Sedona Uptown. You will come first to the Red Rock Ranger Station Visitor's Center just before you reach the Village of Oak Creek. Stop to pick up your Sedona Parking pass and free trail maps. www.greatsedonahikes.com/redrockvc/rrvc.html

The Village of Oak Creek is a nice, less crowded area to stay in. There are some great restaurants down there as well. Miley's, Red Rock Cafe, PJ's Pub and Cucina Rustica.

Along the 179 heading north are the stunningly beautiful Bell Rockarea, with its easy pathway and many connecting trails, the architecural wonder of Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Tlaquepaque adobe-style gallery and dining village under the big trees. https://www.tlaq.com


2...Oak Creek Canyon: The canyon drive from Uptown, past Midgley Bridge, its box canyon trail, all the way to West Fork for its famous canon/creek Hiking...expect to get wet feet. Its fun and cooler in Summer. There is now a 10$ fee and the Sedona parking pass does not apply up there. https:/…west-fork-trail-sedona-arizonasedonahikingtrails.com/west-fork-trail.htm

Also along there is Slide Rock State Park which is also really fun for the kids but does have a $20 entrance fee on weekdays, #30 on Weekends. https:/…trails

Garland's for really nice Native art and jewelry. Indian Gardens for a nice meal, especially breakfast. That is also the route you take when you are going to and/or coming from Grand Canyon.


3. The area west of West Sedona:

A....That includes Airport Mesa Drive with its Big Red Knoll, loop trail and overlooks. Best done in the morning and NOT at sunset. Too crowded with selfie taking visitors and limited parking...views also have buildings and homes in the way of the red rocks. There is a nice loop trail up there.

B...The Dry Creek Scenic byway, a right hand turn off of the 89A out along the red rock cliffs to the famous Enchantment Resort. You know how scenic it must be for that resort to be out there. Out there too are the Devil's Bridge, Fay, Boynton and Long Canyon hikes plus others. Drinks or a meal at Enchantment would be a treat for views alone...no need to be guests.

C...The Red Rock Loop drive is further out the 89A past the Dry Creek area. Its a left hand turn...enter the loop drive at Lower RR Loop drive...its further west....make the circle for views and photos.

D...It is also out there where you will find the renowned Red RockCrossing/Crescent Moon Park along the Upper RR Loop drive. That is great for the creek-walk, Buddha Beach (rock cairns) and the **classic sunset or daylight views of Cathedral Rock with the creek in the foreground. It also has a nice picnic area and nice restrooms. This is a great place for families with kids! Expect that to cost $10 as it is not included in the parking pass program. The kids...and you can wade in the creek. The classic view is across the meadow, down by the creek behind the first restroom just after you pass through the entrance gate. http://redrockrealty.net/red-rock-crossing/


4...Uptown...for some more touristy, yet fun shops, the Cowboy Club restaurant, Sedona Memories Bakery Cafe, Cold Stone Creamery and the various Jeep tours. Lots of other cafe choices too. Those off-road tours are neat as you learn about the area and its rock formations. Look for Snoopy Rock from there.

5...For a day trip west of West Sedona, you can include some or all of the following. The Verde Canyon railroad tour, seasonally, the Verde Valley wine trail, Tuzigoot National Monument, Cottonwood for antiquing, wine tasting and the Blazin' M Ranch for an old West experience, chuckwagon supper etc.

Then the quaint town of Jerome, now an arts and restored mining town up on a hillside. *Its easy to combine Toozigoot, Cottonwood and Jerome with sunset later at Red Rock Crossing.

https://verdecanyonrr.com vvwinetrail.com https://www.nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm https://www.blazinm.com www.azjerome.com placestoseeinarizona.com/red-rock-crossing/



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3. Re: Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

We loved the Red Rock Range tour! Our driver was very informative and fun. We would do it again. :)

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4. Re: Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

An alternative to consider is a helicopter tour. We thoroughly enjoyed ours, very informative and such a different perspective than a ground tour.

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5. Re: Best alternative to off road Pink Jeep tour?

There are plenty of tours that stay on pavement and still give a great tour of Sedona.

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