Written by Michael

5min read

25 Comments

A Sedona Jeep Tour is one of the ‘must do’ activities when you visit Sedona.

Whenever you’re in the town you’ll see the famous pink jeeps whisking people onto their next little adventure.

Our tour was 1.5 hours and was the cheapest at around $60 per person.


Our Sedona Jeep Tour starts

We went with pink jeep tours and the company HQ is in a busy part of town. Leave with plenty of time to get there as there are big crowds.

We checked in at reception and shortly after were called up by our driver Brent to hop in and start the tour.

The Jeeps are modified to fit 6 passengers in, so if you’re in a pair it’s likely you’ll be put with another pair or a group of 3 – I rarely saw any with 6 in.

Be warned, its policy that one passenger has to sit up front with the driver.

Because I was a very British gentleman and let everyone else on first, this ended up being me. I obviously wanted to sit next to Annie and thankfully one of the other passengers offered to swap with me. Bear this rule in mind when you get on!

At the start of the tour, you travel along on the towns tarmac roads for about 5 minutes.

Pink jeep tour adventure
You can see how rough the road ahead is!

Here there’s not too much to see you get to know your driver. It turned out Brent was a part time masseuse!

After the tarmac roads, you hit the dirt track which is bumpy as hell. The transition off the tarmac hits you hard, it’s jolty and bumpy and it doesn’t become any more forgiving.

You have to wear seat belts otherwise you’ll probably fly up and hit your head!


Into the the red rocks…

From the start Brent was awesome and supplied us with fun facts that even Arizonian Annie didn’t know about.

We learnt the origin of the Name Sedona (a lady literally made it up, called her daughter it and Sedona was named after her). We also learnt the origin of Arizona states name but I forgot :(.

We were also informed why certain rocks have big black streaks running down them…

red rocks sedona Arizona

Brent was also pointing out all the different shaped rocks we could see, one looked like a battleship, another looked like an American Indians face, and another looked like a stagecoach.


The crazy rock formations

rock fall sedona arizona

The rock that resembled a stagecoach had a large slab missing from the front that you can see in the picture below. You could clearly see there was recently rock there and Brent informed us that it was the site of a massive rock fall in 2009. The slab that fell was bigger than a school bus, now that would have given you a headache!


The stunning views

We climbed higher and higher up through the wilderness and the landscape began to open up in front of us.

jeep tour in Sedona

We continued our Sedona jeep tour up to a vantage point overlooking the region.

This was the highest point this particular tour goes but you can book other tours that carry on up the road further and last up to 3 hours.

We spent a while taking lots of pictures up here before we started to head back down the boulder filled road.

Pink jeep 4x4 Sedona
sedona tour views

The unplanned event

On the way back down we were all chatting to Brent when suddenly there was an almighty thud underneath the jeep! We stopped and Brent got out to have a look but couldn’t find anything.

A few minutes more driving and chatting, then BANG! If there wasn’t something broke before, then there sure was now.

Brent got out to have a look again.

“Oh yehhh, that’s us done for”

We hopped out to have a look at what had happened. It turned out one of the suspension coils had completely snapped and was now digging into a shock absorber.

broken suspension jeep tour Arizona
That circular coil is meant to be vertical, not horizontal lol.

Brent radioed HQ to ask for another jeep and a couple of mechanics came  to look at the jeep we were currently in.

Apparently, they have a dedicated mechanic team as the Jeeps regularly need fixing due to the unforgiving road!

Whilst we were waiting for or pick up other jeeps were passing and all were making funny comments about our situation.

Annie and I really liked the fact we broke down: it gave us more time in this great area and more time to take pictures and ask questions!

jeeps driving up path
Other jeeps going off into the distance…

After around 20 minutes a jeep came to pick us up and we headed back to base to be dropped off.

Sedona Jeep Tours are definitely worth the money and are another must do in addition to Devils Bridge.

Let’s hope you break down and get more time out in the wilderness like we did 😉

Michael x

Written by Michael

3min read

23 Comments

Phoenix, Arizona, is renowned for being one of the top cities in the USA for scenic hikes that will take your breath away. The city sits in the middle of the desert but is punctuated and surrounded by many hills and mountains that offer great views of the area. If you’re visiting the city and staying with friends, family, or in a great IHG hotel in Phoenix, then you have to take in at least one of these trails. These rocky outcrops are just waiting to be explored!

Continue reading “The Coolest Scenic Hikes in and Around Phoenix, AZ”

Written by Michael

4min read

12 Comments

The hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona is short and relatively easy one with epic scenic rewards that are rare to find anywhere else.

As one of the main attractions in the area, Devil’s Bridge in Sedona has built up quite a reputation. The hike has some of the best scenic spots that come with some great photo opportunities.

The Devil’s Bridge is a red rock arch that has been eroded over millions of years by wind and weather.

The bridge looks like its going to collapse at any second due to all the cracks.

However, I’ve been told it’ll be there for a few thousand years to come. Lets hope they’re right!

Continue reading “Discovering the Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, Arizona.”

Written by Michael

1min read

6 Comments

I’ve really fallen in love with the USA over the last couple of years.

Spending two summers working at a summer camp in Maine and subsequently meeting my girlfriend there have made it a home from home and given the country a special place in my heart.

I now hop across the pond whenever I can to see Annie, and today I am lucky enough to be doing just that!

Continue reading “Come And Hop Across The Pond With Me! The USA is Calling!”

Written by Michael

2min read

No Comments

The Pima Canyon trail is situated in the Santa Catalina mountains in Tucson, Arizona.

The hike is 3.9 miles and rated as moderate difficulty. The hike offers great views over Tuscon, a somewhat forested section that you wouldn’t expect to find in Arizona and some great wildlife including; Javelina, birds, and mountain goats.

Continue reading “Discovering The Pima Canyon Trail in Tucson, Arizona.”

Written by Michael

3min read

15 Comments

What’s up my fellow adventurers?!

Boy, do I have some great news for you regarding outdoor adventure!

Every year, the U.S. National Park Service offers free park entrance days, the first of which is coming up on Monday the 20th of February! These are a great way to see these National Parks and a great excuse to go on an adventure. This year is even more special as it’s the 100th anniversary year of the national parks!

Myself and Cotapaxi, who make great quality outdoor gear which also benefits peoples lives, have teamed up to spread the word about these free park days and the importance of outdoor exploration!

Continue reading “Visit Arizona – Celebrate The 100th Anniversary of the National Parks by Exploring Them!”

Written by Michael

7min read

7 Comments

Welcome to the America Series. A 3 part series documenting three places I traveled to after I finished working at summer camp. Entry number one documents a hike up to Seven Falls in Tucson, Arizona. I was in Tucson visiting Annie who I had met at summer camp. She had hiked seven falls with her family when she was younger and decided to take this British fool along with her on another hike up this amazing trail.

Continue reading “The America Series; Seven Falls, Tucson, Arizona”