27 Feb Cliff Hanger Hummer Tour through Sedona’s Red Rocks
The last time we were in Sedona, I had no interest in the numerous jeep tours that were offered. It seemed everywhere we turned, there was another jeep tour company in our faces. So, on our recent visit while on a filming project, I was open to the idea but not necessarily jumping at the chance.
Well, we ended up deciding that it would be good video footage, so we booked the Cliff Hanger Hummer Tour with Sedona Offroad Adventures. After reading the description, I figured it sounded like it could be a good time, and before I knew it, we were heading out into the Red Rocks for an adventure.
The ride started out fairly slow–the paths we were driving on were pretty smooth with a few bumps here and there. Our driver stopped quite often to show us various plants and tell us about the history of the area. We tasted fresh juniper berries, got a glimpse of prickly pear cactus, learned about the Native American tribes that once lived around the Red Rocks and got the inside scoop on wildlife in the area. We even learned that people eat cactus–we had never heard of such a thing, so when we found it on the menu later that night, we had to try it out. The cactus tasted a bit like tough green beans; it wasn’t necessarily bad, but I can’t say it was good either. Let’s just say we don’t feel the need to order it again.
Anyways, back to the tour. The farther we drove into the Red Rocks, the bumpier it got. I couldn’t stop laughing as we thrashed about in the back of the hummer. About halfway into the tour we reached the point that gives the tour its name–the cliff we were about to descend was incredibly steep and the tires were resting perilously close to the edge.
When the hummer lurched over the rocks, so did my stomach. We had a long way down, and I let out a sigh of relief when we reached the bottom. That is, until I realized we were turning around to head right back up the exact way we went down. I can’t help but get tense just thinking about it! Once we reached the top again we had a chance to get out of the hummer for a walk around and a view of the sunset.
The rest of the ride back was fairly fast, but compared to the cliff we plowed our way up and down, the bumps now felt like smooth sailing. The further we drove, the more bumps we hoped to fly over–it was addicting!
I’m so glad we ended up taking one of the jeep tours in Sedona, and I’m especially happy we went on the one we did. I have a feeling the more mild tours would have been a bit boring to us; however, if you like a calmer ride, the regular jeep tours would still be a great option for a trip through the scenic Red Rocks!