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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on June 29, 2010 at 6:08 am
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Jeep Tours In the Pink

outdoor recreation, tours, SedonaMy first rule of thumb when visiting a new city is to take a city tour to better familiarize myself with the location and determine what tickles my fancy enough to return on my own.  I’ve taken tours by bus and boat, but I’ll never forget my first trip to Sedona for my pink jeep adventure.

This summer Pink Jeep Tours celebrates their 50th year anniversary.  It all started with local businessman Don Pratt, who took potential clients by Jeep to see back country real estate.  Pratt soon discovered that people loved the bouncing, death-defying (not really) Jeep ride and the surrounding scenery.  The town, barely developed by this point was a hidden jewel on the verge of becoming the world-famous vacation getaway that it is known as today.

After Pratt took a trip to the infamous Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, where everything is pink; the iconic pink Jeeps of Sedona were born.

Today, a thriving business now with a second location in Las Vegas, Pink Jeep Tours is committed to preserving the timeless beauty of Sedona.  For me what makes all my Pink Jeep Tours memorable is the passion and expertise of their tour guides.  It’s obvious that they know their stuff and are more than willing to share all the secrets of this amazing terrain.  The perfect job for budding archeologists, geologists and historians, each driver goes through a six-week training course to learn how to navigate the rocky terrain and is certified by the National Association of Interpreters.

If you haven’t had the chance to take one of their jaw-dropping rides, here are some of their most popular tours.

1. Ancient Ruins
Your driver will describe life for the Sinagua people who occupied a cliff dwelling west of Sedona. Numerous pictographs can be found on the crumbled, 700-year-old ruin called Honanki.  You will weave your way past towering formations such as Doe Mountain, the Cockscomb and Loy Butte. You’ll learn more about the Sinagua during a 3/4-mile loop trail at Honanki Heritage Site.

Details: 2 1/2-3 hours; $72, $54 for age 12 and younger.

2. Diamondback Gulch
Looking for a heart-pounding dirt-road adventure?  After some four wheeling fun and a steep plunge into an arroyo you’ll see Lizard Head, Chimney Rock and more amazing scenery.  You’ll also learn about the native plants and animals found in Diamondback Gulch and throughout the region.

Details: 2 1/2 hours; $68, $51 for age 12 and younger. The combo tour is four hours and costs $106, $79.50 for age 12 and younger.

3. Scenic Rim
For awe-inspiring vistas, the Scenic Rim Tour is tough to beat. Jeeps climb 2,000 feet up rocky Schnebly Hill Road to the top of the Mogollon Rim, with views stretching in all directions.  The high vantage point exposes fault lines, uplifts and rock layers making it a must for geology buffs.  The Scenic Rim Tour can be extended with a four-wheel-drive loop through the ponderosa pines atop the rim.

Details: 2 hours; $55, $41.25 for age 12 and younger. Extended tour, 2 1/2 hours, $62, $46.50 for age 12 and younger.

4. Broken Arrow
The original ride created by Don Pratt is a dramatic, challenging dirt-road adventure in which Pink Jeep Tours has exclusive rights.  As you disappear into the timber, you then climb up the side of the famous red rocks to Munds Mountain Wilderness.  Passengers can jump out of the jeep and soak up the scenery at Submarine Rock and Chicken Point. It’s a white knuckle ride, yet thrilling experience from beginning to end.

Details: 2 hours; $75, $56.25 for age 12 and younger.

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Heading down Broken Arrow Trail

According to Mike Hermen, Director of Marketing, Pink Jeep Tours is running specials through Twitter (@pinkjeeptours), Facebook, and their website and monthly newsletter. Mention the Pink Jeep Tours Sedona Day Trip Package and receive 15% off any tour and free lunch at Pink Java Cafe.  This special is good until September 30, 2010.

Whether you are seeking rugged adventure, Native American history and culture, nature, geology, or panoramic vistas, Pink Jeep Tours has the right tour to meet your interests.  It’s a “must do” to get a better peak at what makes Sedona infamous.

Pink Jeep Tours – Sedona
PO Box 1447, Sedona (map)
800-873-3662 or 928-282-5000
Email: reservations@pinkjeep.com

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