A Rip-Roaring Ride through the Red Canyon!
– review of the Mongollon Rim Run tour (Sedona, Arizona)If you are looking for the ultimate adventure, with sights, sounds, ups and downs, then the Mogollon Rim Run is the tour for you! This is the most popular tour at Arizona Safari Jeep Tours and it is plain to see why. We began in a rugged yet comfortable open-air Jeep Wrangler that was well-equipped to get us where we wanted to go. The Jeeps seem to hold up to 6 passengers comfortably and with such an intimate setting, our experienced guide, Jason (a Sedona local), was able to really shine.
This 2-hour thrill ride took us through the beautiful Bear Wallow Canyon of Sedona’s back-country. On our way out of town, we saw the iconic Sedona rock features including Chimney Rock, Snoopy Rock, and the neighboring Lucy Rock. We rode on a 100-year-old wagon trail that, at times, really showed it’s age. There were plenty of bumps, pits, and rocks to navigate over, but our guide was an expert and there seemed to be no mountain too high for him to conquer in his trusty Jeep. The scenery was nothing short of amazing, with a valley full of evergreen Junipers and Pinyon Pines, soaring red rock cliffs, and due to the snow-melt, there were even waterfalls!
In a seemingly short distance, we managed to climb over 2000 feet in elevation to our turn-around point at Merry-Go-Round Rock. There, we got out of our Jeep and explored the beautiful, round (aptly-named) formation. Our guide Jason told us about the Shaggy Bark Juniper trees and how their fibrous bark was used by natives for everything from bandages to diapers to rope-making. There were many movies made in the area and we even got to touch the same tree as John Wayne and Elvis Presley.
Speaking of John Wayne, we got to see some of his graffiti. Carved into the rock ledge, a little way down from the Merry-Go-Round was his famous nickname, “E. Duke.” On our way back to town, we saw a few more points of interest including the last remaining telegram pole in Sedona and the beautiful House of Seven Arches that was built for Lucille Ball.
When we got back to the Safari office, we were treated to a hands-on demonstration of several desert animals including three different types of snakes, a tortoise and even a Rose-Haired Tarantula named Rosy, of course. The entire staff was both friendly and knowledgeable, showing true pride for their surroundings. With over a dozen tours in the Sedona area alone and the ability to customize your own tour, Arizona Safari Jeep Tours are the experts in outdoor adventures.