Year: 2018

Airport Pickup Special

June 27 through Aug 15, 2018

7-day Jeep Rental with airport pickup
$1,490 + taxes

Just in time for those Summer get-aways! We’ll pick you up curbside at the Phoenix or Flagstaff airport and transport you in private comfort to Sedona to pickup your Jeep and start your Southwest adventure! No more hassling with shuttles or rental cars to get to Sedona.

Call us to book your Airport Package (928) 282-8700

Includes curbside pickup at Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (AZA) or Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG).
Package accommodates up to 3 people with carry-on sized luggage.
Special includes pickup at airport before your Jeep rental, and drop off to airport after your Jeep rental. Pickup times available 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.

If you will be arriving after 5 pm, stay at one of our partner hotels and we can pick you up the next morning.
Economy: Green Tree Inn  https://www.greentreeinnsedona.com/  928-282-9166
Moderate: Sedona Real Inn  https://www.sedonareal.com/  928-282-1414
Upscale: Courtyard Marriott   https://www.sedonacourtyard.com  928-325-0055
Luxury: L’Auberge  https://www.lauberge.com/sedona/  800-905-5745

Package includes free maps and trip planning tips for the region! See here for itinerary ideas.

Must be booked and all necessary documents received at least 72 hours in advance of pickup time at airport.
Deposit & Cancellation: 50% deposit taken to book package. Balance due at time of Jeep pickup. Cancellation policy: More than 7 days notice receives refund, less 10% of full price. Less than 7 days notice is non-refundable.
Mileage: Jeep Rental includes 150 free miles per day (1050 miles per week). Additional miles $0.35 per additional mile.


Private airport transportation may be arranged at any time throughout the year, pending availability, and added to any Jeep rental term for a fee of $325 plus tax each way.

How to Prep a JL for Rental Duty

By Nena Barlow

This article originally appeared on fourwheeler.com.

I won’t say I’m old, but I will say that I have been in the Jeep guide and rental business long enough to ride out the transitions between CJ, YJ, TJ, JK, and now JL. So far, other than waiting for the aftermarket to have time to develop the things we need for our typical trail use, the introduction of the JLs into our fleet has been relatively painless. As mentioned in my last article, almost every single thing that we had wished was better on the JK is better on the JLs.

What is required to make a factory Wrangler worthy of Barlow Jeep Rental status is less and less with each new generation. Barlow-worthiness is the ability to traverse the majority of the area trails without billable damage when driven by a novice to moderately experienced driver who will simply pay attention and drive slowly, with the intention to be safe and responsible. Our Jeeps are expected to traverse much of Arizona, Moab, and the Rubicon Trail, with minimal exertion.

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Soldier Pass Jeep Trail Returns!

Popular Sedona 4x4 Trail Reopens to Public Under New Permit System

Following an extensive review process by the US Forest Service, one of Sedona's most popular 4wd roads has reopened to the public once again. Soldier Pass Trail has long been a staff favorite at Barlow Adventures, and we're thrilled to see it back in business! This short and scenic trail has experienced a dramatic increase in use during recent years, resulting in noise and traffic congestion in area neighborhoods, and management challenges for the Red Rock Ranger District and Sedona law enforcement. In consultation with local businesses, recreational users, residents, and other stakeholders, the US Forest Service issued a decision in March of 2017 limiting motorized travel on the trail to 12 permitted users per day.

About the Permit System

Barlow guests who would like to run Soldier Pass while visiting Sedona are required to obtain a permit by visiting the Coconino National Forest website and applying online. Click the button below to apply at fs.usda.gov.

Applications may be submitted between 3 days (72 hours) and 90 days in advance. Applications submitted less than 72 hours prior to the desired use will not be processed. Requests will be processed in the order received, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays, based on the email time stamp.

  • Permits are available to individuals only.  You may obtain no more than one permit per day. Businesses, clubs, and organizations may not apply. Barlow Adventures cannot reserve a permit for you.
  • Permits are free and nontransferable. 
  • Permit holders may hold only one permit at a time and wait until after the permit date before requesting another permit.
  • Permit holders are responsible for knowing and obeying all forest rules, regulations, and closure orders.
  • You must have your valid permit with you at the time of your visit.

A Classic Sedona Jeep Trail

Soldier Pass Trail remains a Barlow's staff favorite because it offers a concentrated mix of spectacular red rock scenery, history, unique natural features, and fun 4x4 obstacles that make for an ideal introduction to Sedona 4-wheeling. Easy to get to in the heart of Sedona, the trail starts behind a residential neighborhood before winding 1.5 miles up and over the red rocks for a 3 mile out and back adventure. The trail is also very popular with hikers and mountain bikers so be sure to drive with care. Allow at least an hour and a half to take in highlights along the trail like the Devil's Kitchen Sink Hole and the Seven Sacred Pools - both worth a stop for pictures and further exploration on foot. The trail earned the name "Soldier Pass" in 1871 as part of a resupply route established by the US Cavalry under General George Crook. It wound down from the Mogollon Rim and over Brin's Mesa to an area known then to the army as Camp Garden. An oasis along Oak Creek we now call Sedona.

Is the New Jeep Wrangler JL Better Than the JK?

By Nena Barlow

This article originally appeared on fourwheeler.com.

With the introduction of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, one can’t help but wonder how it compares to the previous generation Wrangler, the bestselling JK. If you read no further than this, here it is: The JL is better than the JK. For simplicity, I will only discuss how the JL Rubicon compares to the later-version JK (2012–2017) Rubicon. I won’t even discuss comparisons to any Wrangler built before the 2012 model, because, well, that just wouldn’t be fair.

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Cooperation for the common good

By Nena Barlow

This article originally appeared on fourwheeler.com.

It’s a human tendency to lump ourselves into groups. We are naturally attracted to groups of people who have similar interests and values. Jeep enthusiasts are no different. Along with the enthusiasm for the vehicle comes a shared interest in traveling the great outdoors in it, and a desire to see 4×4 trails and dirt roads kept open for exploration. But in our efforts to keep trails open we should remember that hunters, mountain bikers, motorcycle riders, equestrians, hikers, and many other outdoor enthusiasts (including, yes, UTV drivers) also have an interest in keeping 4×4 trails and dirt roads open. What is important to the future of public roads and trails is that all of us who use them learn to identify as the same tribe—one large group of people who really enjoy the outdoors and having access to beautiful public places upon which to recreate.

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The Pressure: Where Should You Run Your Tires?

By Nena Barlow

This article originally appeared on fourwheeler.com.

You all know by now that airing down your tires is one of the simplest ways to improve the trail performance and ride quality of your Jeep. The big question is always: To what pressure should I air down? Whenever this topic comes up on forums or social media, the answers vary from to “tire circumference minus rim diameter, multiplied by pi, minus GVWR, multiplied by ambient air temperature, and divided by your age” to “6.” What I have found is that there are two methods to effectively and safely adjust tire pressure that apply to a variety of vehicle and tire types.

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