The 6 Best Sedona Jeep Tours

Take a rollicking ride through Sedona's natural beauty in a rugged SUV.

U.S. News & World Report

The 6 Best Sedona Jeep Tours

Best Sedona Jeep Tours

Take a rousing ride in a yellow Jeep on the Lil' Snakebite Tour.(Courtesy of A Day in the West Jeep Tours, Sedona, AZ)

With iconic rock formations, ample national forest land and plenty of recreational activities, Sedona, Arizona, is a popular tourist spot for outdoor enthusiasts. With so many attractions to explore, many visitors choose to book one of the region's famous Jeep tours. Considering both traveler sentiment and expert opinions, U.S. News selected six of the best Jeep excursions in Sedona. Take a ride on the wild side and see Sedona's famous red rocks like never before.

A Day in the West Jeep Tours – Diamondback Gulch and Lil Snakebite Tour

If you're on the hunt for an adrenaline-packed excursion, this Jeep tour of Diamondback Gulch may be just what you're looking for. You'll spend 2 1/2 hours (or two hours with the "Lil Snakebite" version of the tour) quickly climbing through the desert and rugged trails to get up close and personal with rock formations like Capitol Butte and Chimney Rock. You'll eventually drive through Diamondback Gulch and emerge out the other side. Tourists rave about the quality of the drivers and guides and the epic views on this tour. Tickets for Diamondback Gulch start at $95 for adults and $75 for kids ages 3 to 12. The shorter version of the tour costs approximately $70 for adults and $55 for children. Tours depart at multiple times daily. A Day in the West also offers Jeep tours of Mogollon Rim and Dry Creek Basin, among other areas.

Pink Adventure Tours – Broken Arrow

Knowledgeable guides lead this rugged off-road adventure that features twists and turns through Coconino National Forest and past Sedona's most famous red rock formations. Plus, Pink Adventure Tours is the only outfitter permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to use the Brown Arrow trail. Travelers enjoy the approximately two-hour tour, calling it awesome and rave about the friendly guides and incredible views. Prices start at $115 for adults and $99 for kids ages 12 and younger. Tour departures vary by season. Note that Pink Adventure Tours offers several other tour routes, including trips to Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon.

Arizona Safari Jeep Tours – Vortex Experience

This Jeep tour takes you through Sedona's famous vortexes – or areas within Sedona's wilderness that purportedly emit heightened spiritual and metaphysical energy. You'll have to walk a bit on this 2 1/2-hour tour, but you'll spend most of the journey exploring in a Jeep as you traverse unique landscapes and mountains in search of the mystery and wonder vortexes supposedly create. Tours cost approximately $100 for adults and $75 for children – a price tourists describe as well worth it thanks to the breathtaking views. Looking for something less mystical? Try the company's Mogollon Rim Run, Seven Canyons or Outback Trail tours.

Red Rock Jeep Tours – Canyons & Cowboys

Enjoy incredible canyon views as you climb up the Dry Creek Basin with a stop at the historic Van Deren Cabin. In total, you'll spend two hours viewing wildlife, rock formations and old-growth forests in your Jeep with an expert guide. Reviewers routinely call this tour a wild ride and say the guides make the experience educational and fun. Others complain that seating can be a tight fit if you're tall. Tickets start at $72 for adults and $56 for children ages 3 to 12. Jeeps drive out at 8 and 10 a.m., and 2 and 4:30 p.m. daily. This company also offers several other Jeep tours throughout Sedona, including a 90-minute tour that traverses Soldier Pass trail.

Sedona Offroad Adventures – Cliff Hanger Trail

Hop into a Hummer for a rugged and up-close view of Sedona's famous trails. The tour lasts for two hours and introduces participants to the local flora, animals and rock formations along the way. While some tourists complain the ride is rough, they seem to agree the educational and entertainment value makes it well worth the time and money spent. This tour is available daily at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and tickets start at $95 for adults and $85 for children 3 and older. Also check out the company's other tours, including a one-hour Sedona highlights tour and a Colorado plateau tour that ascends 1,500 feet above Sedona.

Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours – Sacred Wheel Jeep Tour

For an in-depth look at Sedona's famous vortexes, consider this excursion from Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours. There is some hiking and walking involved on the trip, but the bulk of the tour will take place in a Jeep that takes travelers through Sedona's rocky terrain. During the 2 1/2-hour excursion, visitors will learn the legend of the area's vortexes and visit a medicine wheel – a ceremonial tool used by some indigenous tribes. Reviewers praise the guides' vast knowledge and the incredible views. Tickets start at $125 per adult and $95 per child. Trips depart several times daily. Other tours offered by Earth Wisdom include a Scenic Vortex Tour and a Canyons Culture Tour.

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