One of Arizona’s most beautiful natural wonders is the Red Rock country around Sedona. Vast red monoliths of rock rise up all around the semi-arid land across which Sedona is sprinkled. The small city is a great place to spend a few days relaxing, exploring and escaping out into the kinds of vast, open natural spaces that just seem to calm to soul. But sometimes, to get a more immersive experience, a tour is the best way to go.
Your average car can only go so far in this wilderness, and many are unable to handle the unpaved tracks that really push out to remote realms. Jeep tours in Sedona are naturally an attractive prospect as a result. They give you access to areas that other routes and tours cannot, plus the fun of off-roading in a Jeep is a huge part of the experience itself. There are many Jeep tours on offer from Sedona. Here are five of the best, taking into account factors like the value for money, itinerary, previous guest reviews, and health and safety standards.
FROM $66/per person
One of the most popular drives out from Sedona is up along the Mogollon Rim. This is the right choice for anybody wanting to get panoramic views over the landscape, as you climb 2,000 feet up along an old dusty trail. Highlights include natural rock forms, including Merry-Go-Round Rock and Mitten Ridge on the two-hour tour. There is also a three-hour option which heads deeper into the backcountry for even more panoramas, the likes of which have frequently featured in Hollywood films.
From $89/ per person
Pink Jeep Tours run a range of popular tours from Sedona in their unmissable customized vehicles. One of the shorter trips available is this excellent and highly-rated tour of the Red Rocks. During the two-hour journey you’ll get to visit numerous viewpoints that take in the remarkable Red Rocks, while learning about the area from your guide. See the more iconic views, like Thunder Mountain, which is particularly impressive at sunset. This tour is available daily with regular hourly departures from 7am to 5pm.
From $104/ per person
For those interested in the ancient Native American culture of Arizona – particularly the spiritual side of things – a Jeep tour to the vortices of Sedona is a must. A vortex in these parts is a place in the open where it is believed that the energy coming from the earth is particularly powerful. People come here from all around to meditate and explore their inner selves, while encountering the beauty of the outer world. Your guide will take you to the best spots and help explain the spiritual beliefs attached to them.
From $181/ per person
Another popular route operated out of Sedona by Pink Jeep Tours tackles the challenging Diamondback Gulch, a bumpy off-road trail through stunning, remote canyonland. See the towering red rock formations of Lizard Head, Doe Mesa and Chimney Rock before heading into the Gulch. One of the most arresting aspects of this four-hour Jeep voyage though is visiting the old ruins and cliff dwellings of the native Sinaguan people, plus the chance to see their ancient rock art. This tour has roughly seven departures per day.
From $495/ per person
If you are booking a tour for a small group and would prefer a more bespoke experience that only a private Jeep tour can bring, then this is an excellent option. Allowing up to five guests, with the price remaining the same regardless, you can really make some good savings as well. As the name suggests, this is a bumpy ride through Dry Creek Basin. The Jeep will head along the canyon floor in search of desert wildlife and photogenic vistas in what is known as the Seven Canyons area. This tour runs twice daily.