Repressed by extended garage naps, cars let loose when they reach the outdoors, kicking up dirt, ignoring turn signals, and honking at geese in heat. Set roadsters free with today's Groupon: for $135, you get a four-hour Jeep tour for up to four passengers from AZ Jeep Tours in Goodyear (up to a $480 value). Tours run seven days a week from October 1 to April 30.
AZ Jeep Tours whisks passengers away with its off-road adventures, careening through dry wash beds, hills, and ridge tops on the way to isolated desert locales. Four- to six-hour odysseys begin as a safe and CPR-certified driver and up to four passengers set off toward Lake Pleasant and Castle Hot Springs, the latter of which was believed by Apaches to have healing powers and sought out by rehabilitating World War II pilots and Teddy Roosevelt after he attempted to kiss his own face at Mount Rushmore. Riders keep eyes peeled for deer, coyotes, and wild burros as they cruise up to the placid waters of Lake Pleasant and refuel on complimentary snacks and soft drinks. AZ Jeep Tours recommends tour-goers bring cameras and sunscreen, and excursions travel through cell-phone-accessible areas so that travelers can text any verbally unresponsive jackrabbits.
AZ Jeep Tours
Born in 1945, Fred Amator's Arizona-bound life began on a dairy farm southwest of Phoenix. Later, work took him across the state, from the Sonoran Desert and Mogollon Rim to the Grand Canyon. During his Jeep tours, the CPR-certified driver's intimate knowledge of Arizona comes alive as he escorts two–four guests on desert journeys full of historical anecdotes, rather than mirages of Benjamin Franklin greedily chugging water.
During expeditions, Amator’s passengers take in panoramic views of the Gila Bend Mountains, off-road past the native trees and cacti around the White Tank Mountains, or potentially spot coyotes and rabbits at Margie's Peak. Amator also accompanies guests on three-hour trips to a farm in West Phoenix, where they observe fields full of growing cotton and the beginning of vegetable season before touring a dairy.