Luxury four wheeling in a Mercedes GL450 SUV up a mountain near Tucson in rugged desert terrain
THIS TOUR CAN BE OPERATED FOR AS FEW AS ONE PASSENGER. The first brand that comes to mind when you think of 4 wheeling is Jeep. The last is Mercedes - yet Paul Daimler - the son of the company's founder, came up with the first designs featuring 4 wheel drive in 1903. Even present day conventional Jeeps have a stiff ride, are loud, rough riding and spartan. I don't think you should have to breathe choking dust and pollen when on the trail. That's why my Mercedes GL 450 is the perfect vehicle to enjoy the desert any time of year. Equipped with an air ride suspension, multiple grab handles, automatic 4 wheel drive, dual skylights, cold AC, HEPA air filtration system and comfortable plush leather seats this SUV is the pinnacle of off road luxury. Not only that - this tour is one way: climb 7000 ft. up a remote and rugged 4 wheel drive road through a pine forest to the top of a 9, 135 ft. mountain, and return home on a scenic byway! ALL in sublime comfort. We'll stop for either breakfast or lunch.
0:00 hours: Depart hotel/resort from Tucson to Oracle, Arizona.
0:45 hours: Arrive in Oracle.
0:45: Depart Oracle and start off road portion of tour. Begin climb to the 9135 foot summit of Mt. Lemmon and the notorious "Control Road": 32 miles of slow off road adventure and 7000 feet of vertical above the desert floor. We'll arrive at the top in a dense pine forest.
2:15: Arrive at the summit of Mt. Lemmon, end off road portion of tour, stop for 30 minute break.
2:45 hours: Depart the Summit for a drive down a scenic American Byway with stops for pictures.
3:30 hours: Arrive back at your hotel/resort.
IMPORTANT: Add up to two hours additional time for scenic overlook stops and breakfast/lunch/dinner depending on the selected departure time. Scenic overlook stops are upon request from participants or at the suggestion of your guide.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or resort in the greater Tucson area
End location: Your hotel or resort in the greater Tucson area
Duration: 5 hours 30 min.
Unknown road conditions or closures may cause a longer travel time. Seasonal deep snow, monsoon rain storms, thick mud or running water may force us to turn back near the summit and discontinue the tour. Since we are traveling into VERY remote back country there is no way to know these conditions in advance. Customer agrees in advance that turning back is at the sole discretion of the driver.
2012 Mercedes Benz GL450. This luxury SUV is equipped with a powerful V8 engine, all terrain tires, air ride auto leveling suspension, multiple air bags, large panoramic windows, automatic 4 wheel drive, dual skylights, HEPA air filtration system to filter out dust and pollen, air conditioning, adjustable seats, Harmon Kardon stereo and comfortable plush leather seats. Truly the pinnacle of on/off road vehicles
* Pick up from your hotel/resort
* My services as a Professional off road driver and private tour guide.
* Mercedes 4 wheel drive tour up a rugged mountain highway to 9,150 ft. above sea level.
* Beverages and snacks
* Descent from the mountain on an American Scenic Byway.
* Up to 6 bottles of Dasani water per person.
* Return to your hotel/resort
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US Dollars - For shopping at Summerhaven.
Price is for 6 people. For groups less than 6 please inquire for rates and a custom quote.
This tour may be combined with the Zipline EcoTour - please inquire for rates and details.
Depending on the departure time optional breakfast, lunch or dinner at the top of the mountain almost two miles above sea level.
My GL 450 luxury SUV 4 wheel drive accomodates 6. My Transit XLT touring van 14. For smaller or larger groups please inquire. Due to physical space limitations on vehicles the maximum weight per passenger is 250 lbs. On aircraft 200 lbs.