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Taking a ride with iconic Pink Jeep Tours (204 N. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-5000, www.pinkjeep.com) is the most popular way to romp over Sedona’s red rocks. Charismatic guides describe the geology and ecosystem surrounding Sedona as they drive beefed-up Jeep Wranglers over steep boulders and occasionally treacherous passes. The tours provide excellent photo opportunities and, surprisingly, a deeper appreciation for the animals, fauna, and red-rock vistas surrounding the city center.
The popular Broken Arrow Tour ($75 adults, $56.25 children) explores the submerged-below-the-treetops Submarine Rock and scouts out postcard-perfect views. For a little history with your nature, the three-hour Ancient Ruins Tour ($72 adults, $54 children) stops at an ancient Sinaguan cliff dwelling and tracks down prehistoric rock art.
Plush motorcoach tours to the Grand Canyon are also available ($125 adults, $115 children). Advanced reservations are recommended, though walk-ins can frequently get same-day tours.
Red Rock Western Jeep Tours (270 N. Hwy. 89A Ste. 2, 928/282-6826, www.redrockjeep.com) offers four-wheeling excursions and much more. The cowboy guides may look like cheesy anachronisms, but these local experts enrich a traveler’s appreciation for Sedona’s complex geology and wildlife.
Red Rock’s various outings range from romping with wine tasting and romantic private tours à deux to Western-themed treks that trace Apache and cowboy trails. The company also provides horseback riding, ranch cookouts, and sunset trips to the Grand Canyon. Basic Jeep tours are about $50 per person. Parties of 10 or more may qualify for group rates.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition