Type of car for Sedona?

Old Oct 7th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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Type of car for Sedona?

Hi, my husband and I plan to rent a car in Phoneix and drive to Sedona for the weekend in Nov. What is the road condition on the way there? Is it all highway/paved? We're debating if we should rent a regular sedan or go for a SUV. Thanks!
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 07:43 AM
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Good highways all the way. A sedan would be fine.
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 07:45 AM
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If you get a small SUV you can take some of the roads that go up into the red rocks if you want that option. That option would also be suitable for driving the Apache Trail in the Phoenix area.
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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I agree, a sedan would be fine. No problem with the roads. I just made this trip.
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 08:07 AM
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Sedona roads will be fine but if you venture to Flagstaff, it could be a different story.
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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The roads to Flag are fine--I assume you mean it's a different story if there's snow on the ground, right? True.

Also, I have seen sedans of all shapes and sizes going up into the red rocks, esp. on Schnebly Hill Road when that was open and totally unpaved. Advisable? Maybe not, but the "hey, it's a rental" theory seemed to apply!
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 08:22 AM
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;P yes, it's only a rental. Thanks to everyone who replied!
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Before taking any road that could be considered "off road" check the rental agreement. I have had the experience of being on a dirt trail that because it was not an official road it was not covered in my rental agreement.
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Old Oct 11th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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sam -

I live in Sedona and you could own a Yugo and be able to go just about anywhere you want.

If you want to do some serious off-roading, book a tour with Pink Jeep or one of the other operators.

Save some money, rent a regular SUV, and enjoy your stay!

P.S. We usually don't get any snow until mid-December and even then it is a couple of inches that melt off by noon.


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Old Oct 12th, 2005, 09:07 AM
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Brenda:
So I can go 'off road' with SUVs? What are the restrictions? Hmmm, that might be an option too.
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Sedona is lovely. I hope you have a nice trip. I am not sure which highway it is, but if it is the one I am thinking, please drive carefully. I have had two friends die there due to tragic car accidents.
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Sammy

Oops, I should have wrote "regular car", not SUV. But anyway, if you want to rent an SUV, you can take it on some of the back trails or up Schnebly Hill to see some spectacular views of Sedona.

We usually take our ATVs on the back roads since it is much more comfotable than a SUV and if you want to you can rent mortocycles.

In regard to your question about restrictions off-roading, you can go everywhere the tour jeep companies go. The only rescritions are on private property, but most of the trails are forest service land.

If I were you, I would rent an economy car (gas is still $2.85/gallon) and book a tour with Pink Jeeps.

If you want to do vortex tours, massages, stuff like that, check out retreatandheal.com or sedona.com.

The leaves should be changing in two weeks, so you may be able to enjoy a splash of fall colors.


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As others have said, lot of rental companies have restrictions for off road driving in their vehicles, so watch out for that.
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