on January 11, 2010
Accustomed to the comfort of my own finely-tuned and very well-maintained Wrangler, riding in the back of a rugged Jeep with loose suspension on a safari into the backwoods of Sedona, was better in theory! Although a beautiful experience, I got to know our fellow passengers a little too closely on this expedition. Furthermore, the ride is somewhat reminiscent of a four day gallop on horseback.My personal recommendation...whether you take your own vehicle or rent one...DO IT YOURSELF! Although this route is an extremely tightly-kept secret in Sedona, we know where they go! The mother of all routes begins as you drive up, or down, the I17 highway between Flagstaff and Camp Verde. The Schnebly Hill Road exit will take you through the same Red Rock route, beginning as what appears to be a forested country road, suddenly you emerge through the trees only to be mesmerized by the beauty of the red giants in front of you. With a tremendously more comfortable ride, this easy rated, state-maintained, dirt road will allow your adventure the personal pace, feel, and memories you deserve. For those who are a little less interested in off-roading, but still want to know what all the fuss is about, there are few better views in the world than the trip south from Flagstaff via the 89A. I highly recommend this drive...and if a convertible is an option, you will NOT be disappointed!But by all means, if you’re up for the grit and don’t mind the cost, a Pink Jeep Tour is a fun and exciting way to see the famous Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Just be prepared to grind dirt in your teeth for a week...and secure a spot in the hot tub!
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