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Barlow Adventures is hiring!

We're looking for a Jeep mom (or dad)!

Sedona Jeep Rental Manager
Full-time year-round people-intensive position with benefits. Management, team leadership and customer service skills are the priority, not mechanical or 4wd ability, but know that this is an active and physically demanding hands-on job. Farm work ethic required. Ideal candidate work experience: pre-school teacher, insurance adjuster, nurse, air traffic controller, lettuce picker and marriage counsellor.

If you are interested, or know of someone who fits the bill and wants more info, please email nena@barlowjeeps.com

Ram Trucks Teams Up with Nena Barlow and Chris Mayne for 2018 Rebelle Rally

Teammates Nena Barlow and Chris Mayne working hard for 7 days of competition. Nicole Dreon photo.

Barlow and Mayne Rebelle Rally Team Pursuing Bone Stock Award for Third Time

Sedona, Ariz. – Ram Truck has announced its support of Nena Barlow of Sedona, Arizona and Chris Mayne of Paris, France to compete in the 2018 Rebelle Rally. Ram Trucks will be providing their team, Team 4 Corners, with a stock 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel truck.

The Rebelle Rally is an all-women’s navigation and four-wheel-drive event taking place this October through the deserts of the California and Nevada. There are currently two classes in the rally: Crossover and 4x4. The Bone Stock Award goes to the team who attains the most points in an unmodified vehicle, regardless of competition class. Barlow and Mayne brought home the Bone Stock Award and second place overall for 2017 in a Ram Power Wagon. In 2016, the inaugural year for the Rebelle Rally, Barlow competed with teammate Kande Jacobsen in a 2016 Ram Rebel, and brought home the Bone Stock award with an overall third place finish.

 

The Rebelle Rally is a competition of precise navigation using only map and compass. It takes place over seven days and more than 1,200 miles of back roads, across deserts and over mountains between Lake Tahoe, Nev. and San Diego, Calif. No GPS or any electronic navigation is permitted. Thirty-five teams completed the competition last year, with more than forty expected this year.

The Rebelle Rally is organized by veteran off-road racer and trainer, Emily Miller. Miller was the first U.S. woman to compete in the long-running Gazelle Rally in Morocco.

Nena Barlow comes with more than 20 years of experience in the 4wd industry, and grew up exploring the Southwest. She is the owner and operator of Barlow Adventures, a Jeep rental and 4WD training company, and a certified Master Trainer with the International 4WD Trainers Association. Though a competitor, Barlow has also been providing technical 4wd training for teams competing in the Rebelle Rally, as well as offering rally-ready Jeep rentals.

Barlow chooses to compete with Ram Trucks because, she says “Ram Trucks offer unsurpassed 4wd capability in the truck world, comfort and efficiency for long overland trips, and a gross vehicle weight rating that is up to carrying everything I need to not only spend seven days in the desert, but also enough tools and equipment to offer support to other teams.”

Chris Mayne is a rally veteran on multiple continents, with the last two year’s Rebelle Rally under her belt, as well as twelve Rallye de Gazelles in Morrocco and 2010 winner of the Rallye de Princesses in France. Mayne is, literally, a rock star, having several albums produced in the U.S. and internationally. She can usually be persuaded to wow the crowd at the gala or campfire with some vocals. She says "In 2017, I could not have imagined the team would do so well for a first time together, but Nena and I really were on the same page. Sure Rebelle 2018 will bring new challenges, but WE ARE READY!"

Barlow and Mayne will be driving a stock 2019 Ram Rebel in the competition, exactly as the model rolls out of the factory. Once again, Barlow will fill the role of driver, while Mayne fills the right seat as navigator.  Both women bring strong driving and navigating skills to the team, and can swap roles if necessary.

Barlow says this 2018 rally is going to see even stiffer competition in the stock designation. “I am proud to have brought home the Bone Stock Award for Ram Trucks the last two years. The pressure is on for a three-peat! 1200 miles offroad is a great proving ground for any vehicle. This will show how tough, capable, and comfortable the Rebel is.”

 

To follow Team 4 Corners, visit https://www.facebook.com/4CornersRallyTeam/

For more information about the rally itself, visit www.RebelleRally.com


 

About the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel

The new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel brings factory-engineered, off-road capability to the full-size truck segment with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering. Equipped with a factory lift, locking rear differential, 33-inch tires, tow hooks and other off-road-ready features, the Ram 1500 Rebel appeals to the truck owner looking for a less-beaten path.

The Ram 1500 Rebel is now available in both Crew and Quad Cab configurations with Ram’s Active-level four-corner air suspension and a one-inch suspension lift or standard coil spring suspension and a one-inch lift. Newly designed Bilstein shocks feature remote reservoirs to keep the shocks cool and work with unique rear suspension geometry to keep the tires in traction. Rebel also includes Hill-descent Control for more off-road prowess. Hefty tow hooks feature wide bumper openings to ease use and the underbody protection features skid plates on the transfer case, steering system, oil pan and gas tank.

Nena Barlow Named I4WDTA Master Trainer

25 July 2018, Stafford, VA. The Board of Directors announces the selection of I4WDTA Master Trainers. The Association counts among its members Certified Trainers that perform the best instruction and demonstration of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) operating technique, daily and World-wide to recreational, commercial, and Government agency customers. They embody our slogan, “Excellence in 4-WD Training."

However, there are those among them that truly distinguish themselves and are deserving of the qualification and recognition as I4WDTA “Master Trainers”. They serve as an example for all of us, trainers and enthusiast alike, through their contributions that go beyond the exemplary performance we expect. Some of those contributions include the performance and conduct of continuing education; advanced certification in emergency care, rescue technique, and vehicle recovery practices; teaching advanced OHV skills at the recreational, commercial, and Government agency level; mentorship; environmental stewardship; trail advocacy; community volunteers at the local and state level; consultant to automotive and equipment manufacturers; authors and contributors to industry publications; adapt and develop emerging technology into 4WD training curriculum; provide advocacy, counsel, and explore new opportunities for the Association to advance the enjoyment and safety of OHV operation for the consumer and greater community at large.

We appreciate their commitment and leadership, and it is with great pride we make this announcement - please join us in congratulating I4WDTA members Nena Barlow and John Marshall as I4WDTA Master Trainers.

I4WDTA.org

Barlow’s Pet Policy

All of us at Barlow’s are pet lovers, so we are committed to doing everything we can to be able to allow people to bring their pets with them. If you are considering travelling with your pet, please take the time to read all of the following.

We have a limited number of Jeeps available for guests who want to bring their pets with them in the Jeep. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as these Jeeps do fill a long ways in advance for many dates. If a pet-friendly Jeep is not available on the day you wish to go, we can offer you alternate dates, or you can find other arrangements for your pet. We will not make exceptions as to which Jeeps allow pets, out of respect for our other guests.

If any pet hair is found in a Jeep that is not designated pet-friendly, a $150 cleaning fee will be applied. However, minimal cleaning fees will only be applied to our pet-friendly Jeeps if there is excessive hair throughout the Jeep, vomit, feces, etc. For our pets, we have seat covers to minimize pet hair and damage, and maximize pet safety and comfort. Under most circumstances, no cleaning fee will be applied to our pet-friendly Jeeps.

 

It is critical that guests discuss their pets with us in advance, because there are other circumstances of which pet owners must be aware:

  1. Hair and scratches takes much longer to clean so Jeep can be ready for next guest. Because many of our customers are sensitive, we have pets limited to certain Jeeps.
  2. Parks and archaeology sites. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails in National Parks or Monuments, and never at any historic or archaeological sites. We want to help you plan a day with trails you can enjoy with your pet.
  3. Safety and security. Our moderate and adventurous trails are not appropriate for pets, if they are not secured or accustomed to the bouncing and steep angles. We don’t want to see pets injured from being dumped off the seat on steep hills, or injure other occupants in their desperate attempt to find some way to “hold on.”

Note that smoking is not allowed in the Jeeps at any time, and often not on the trails due to fire restrictions.

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.

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.

Nena Barlow, Chris Mayne Rebelle Rally Team Announces Ram Truck Sponsorship

The Rebelle Rally team of Nena Barlow (Sedona, Ariz.) and Chris Mayne (Paris, France) today announced the team’s official support from Ram Truck for the 2017 second annual running of the all-female event. Ram Truck will be named the official truck of the Barlow/Mayne team -- Team 4 Corners – and provide the team with its entry: an unmodified 2017 Ram Power Wagon.

Barlow and Mayne will be aiming for a podium finish overall and a repeat win in the Bone Stock category, driving the Ram Power Wagon in the competition exactly as the model rolls out of the factory.

Nena uses Ram Trucks to guide 4wd trips and support her Jeep rental business in Sedona AZ, Moab UT and Georgetown CA.
Chris generously shares her experience and advice with competitors in last year’s Rebelle Rally.  Photo by Nicole Dreon

 

Nena Barlow will fill the role of driver, while Chris Mayne fills the right seat as a seasoned navigator.  Both women bring strong driving and navigating skills to the team, and could swap roles if necessary.

“I was very proud of the Bone Stock Award last year, and we are aiming for that one again,” said Barlow.  “The Ram Trucks are incredibly tough and capable, without any special equipment or upgrades necessary.  I want to inspire people to take theirs out to explore!”  

Nena Barlow comes with more than 20 years of experience in the 4wd industry. She is the owner and operator of Barlow Adventures, a Jeep rental and 4WD training company, and certified by the International 4WD Trainers Association. Though considered well-known in the 4wd world, the 2016 Rebelle Rally was her first competitive off-road event.

Chris Mayne is a rally veteran on multiple continents, with last year’s inaugural Rebelle Rally under her belt, as well as 12 Rallye de Gazelles in Morocco and 2010 winner of the Rallye de Princesses in France.

Mayne, a communication officer for a major auto manufacturer, says: “Crossing the Atlantic for the first Rebelle Rally last year was a total challenge and the best opportunity to discover new horizons. No doubt this new Rebelle with Nena will bring its share of excitement.”

The Rebelle Rally is a navigation and four-wheel-drive event taking place this October and crossing the deserts of the southwestern United States. Last year, the inaugural year for the Rebelle Rally, Barlow competed in a 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel. She and teammate Kande Jacobsen brought home the Bone Stock award, for attaining the most points in an unmodified vehicle, and an overall third-place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is unique in the U.S. It’s not a race for speed, but rather a competition of precise navigation using only map and compass. It takes place over seven days and more than 1,000 miles on a top-secret route of back roads, across deserts and over mountains between Lake Tahoe, Nev. and San Diego, Calif. No GPS or any electronic navigation is permitted. Thirty-six teams completed the competition last year, with more than 40 expected this year.
 

To follow Team 4 Corners, visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4CornersRallyTeam
Instagram: 4Corners_rallyteam

For more information about the rally itself, visit www.RebelleRally.com  

About the Ram Power Wagon

The Power Wagon is the predecessor of every four-wheel-drive pickup in America.

Dating back to 1945, the Ram Power Wagon’s heritage holds a distinctive position in the Ram Truck lineup as the ultimate expression of engineering innovation and off-road capability.

The first generation served America’s military in the Second World War. When the G.I.s returned, they wanted a four-wheel-drive truck that would work as hard at home, as it did on the war-front.

The Power Wagon nameplate was initially produced from 1945 through 1980. Early trucks were based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks built during World War II. The Power Wagon went on to become a well-known civilian vehicle. The iconic truck was reintroduced in 2005 and now exists as an independent model in the Ram Truck lineup.

From the original, to the Power Wagons of the 1950s, the 1980s and the modern era of Power Wagons, the line’s 70-year mission has never wavered. That mission – quite simply – is to be the ultimate off-road truck.

What makes the Ram Power Wagon the segment-leading off-road truck is purpose-built hardware – everything from a 12,000-pound Warn winch to disconnecting sway bars, front and rear locking differentials, aggressive 33-inch tires and under-chassis armor that surpasses other pickups.

Power Wagon’s unique axle and off-road suspension package is designed to clear obstacles and translate its enormous power and torque to all-terrain traction.

Ram Power Wagon’s capabilities include 14.3 inches of ground clearance, 26 inches of wheel travel and 30 inches of water fording.

www.RamTrucks.com

 

Moab Summertime Special!

$295 24hr Jeep Rentals All Summer Long!

Explore the amazing 4x4 trails of Moab at a special discounted Summertime rate! 24 hr Jeep rentals are just $295 for a custom equipped, 2 or 4-door Barlow Adventures Jeep. Our Jeeps are top-of-the line Jeep Wrangler Rubicons, professionally modified for Moab's adventurous trails and back roads. Packed with convenient and comfortable features like automatic transmissions, air conditioning and satellite radio, our Jeeps will get you out there and back in style. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will show you how to properly use the features of your Jeep, as well as give you some driving tips to handle any trail you choose. We speak Jeep, and can also provide service for our experienced wheeling friends.

All Barlow Jeeps in Moab come standard with:

  • 3" suspension lifts
  • 33-35" heavy-duty off road tires
  • Extra undercarraige armor
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Air conditioning/heat
  • Full hard doors for safety and comfort
  • AM-FMRadio/CD/MP3-compatible/XM Satellite Radio

$295 a day rate good at our Moab location only. Regularly $325 a day. Price good through September 4, 2017. 3 and 7 day specials also available!

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Overland Expo West 2017

Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 14

If you are planning to attend Overland Expo in Flagstaff next weekend, catch Nena at one of the following:

Friday, May 12:
11:00 - 11:50 am: Ram Trucks presentation at Ram Trucks display
7:30 PM Ladies Night at the Roundtable Pavilion, hosted by the ladies of Overland Expo.

Saturday, May 13:
11:00 - 11:50 am: How to Rebelle, presented by Nena Barlow and Emily Miller at the Roundtable Pavillion
Discussion on skills for the Rebelle Rally: navigation and driving, teamwork tips, keys to competing effectively, how to get over the helmet thing, and more.

Sunday, May 14:
1:00 - 2:50 pm: Rollover demo and recovery with the Nena Barlow and the Camel Trophy teams at the Recovery 2 area.
See Candy, the yellow 4Runner, do what she does!

Our Moab Location has Moved!

Big News at Barlow's!

Our new store location in downtown Moab at 284 N. Main Street is now open! All of us at Barlow Adventures look forward to serving you at our new, easy to find, easy access location in beautiful downtown Moab, UT. It's been a hectic week for the Moab crew relocating from our old Highway 191 location at Rock Plaza, but the painting is done, the Jeeps are moved, the signs are up, and we are open for business! We are very excited to offer the same great rental Jeeps, 4wd training, and expert guide services our customers have come to expect, and we're looking forward to many happy years as part of the Moab 4x4 community! Same Moab phone number as before:

(435) 259-3195 or toll free: 1-888-928-JEEP

Book your next visit online, or come see us at our new Moab location soon!

Barlow Adventures Moab

284 N. Main St.
Moab, UT 84532
Phone: 435-259-3195