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ATV & Trails

Winona, Minnesota
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ATV & Trails

One of our party has a bad ankle, so hiking is out. What trails do you recommend for the most amazing scenery and where might we rent ATV's or Jeeps for such trails? Are their guides and would we want to hire one?

Flagstaff, Arizona
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1. Re: ATV & Trails

You posted in the FLAGSTAFF forum. Flagstaff is not an "ATV rental" type of town. ATV's -- and other off-road vehicles -- are not allowed on "hiking trails". They are permitted only on numbered and marked forest roads, 10' to 20' wide graveled or dirt surfaced, some badly maintained and not generally pleasant for hiking.

When is this adventure? If mid-October to mid-Novermber, our leaves should be turning. You do not need to hike to see them. The peaks are visible from almost everywhere in town; again, no hiking or dirt roads required. If you insist on going off pavement, the following link may be useful. Note the suggestion for "High clearance". An SUV would be strongly recommended. Jeep not necessary!

NOTE: Taking a rental vehicle off pavement may violate your rental agreement.

Around the Peaks Loop

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTn0AjAwgAykeaxcN4jhYG_h4eYX5hPgYwefy6w0H24dcPNgEHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgycVQEADoWIdk!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNUJIMjAwMDAwMDA!?ss=110304&navid=110000000000000&pnavid=null&cid=FSE_003741&recid=75209&ttype=recarea&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Coconino+National+Forest+Recreation+-+Around+the+Peaks+Loop

If the adventure is after Thanksgiving the forest roads around Flagstaff may be closed as part of the yearly winter closure. They are routinely closed to prevent road damage from driving in the winter rain/snow/mud and to prevent "recreationists" from getting stranded.

If you simply want to rent an ATV for the sake of "adventure", I would suggest Sedona for what you appear to want. Barlows in West Sedona rents Jeeps and can provide maps and advice.

https://barlows.us/

There are also several ATV rental places.

If you do rent an off-road capable vehicle in Sedona, I would suggest Schnebly Hill Road from the Rt179 roundabout to the overlook [very rough road!] and/or the Broken Arrow Jeep road to Chicken Point. Definitely do not try these in a regular auto.

Note that driving off pavement is not necessary to appreciate Sedona. The beauty can easily be experienced from paved roads. If you want to get off pavement, most would suggest a Jeep tour. The Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour is the most popular and strongly recommended.

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2. Re: ATV & Trails

As noted, you don't need to hike or even get out of your car to enjoy the amazing scenery around Flagstaff or Sedona.

Though you can rent ATVs in Sedona, please don't. They are a huge annoyance and inconsistent with the local environment. You will be strictly limited as to where you can drive them. Schnebly Hill Rd is about the only place where I'd advise taking one. And it's been my personal observation that ATV drivers on that road become a hazard to those who are driving properly outfitted jeeps.

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