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“Tomcar offroad Adventures”
Review of Desert Wolf Tours

Desert Wolf Tours
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Desert Wolf Tours is Scottsdale's #1 Ranked desert off-road and firearms Adventure! Better yet, we were named THE BEST OFF-PREMISES EXCURSION IN THE WORLD by TravelGolf and were just inducted into the TripAdvisor HALL OF FAME for earning their prestigious Certificate of Excellence for the 6th year in a row! At Desert Wolf Tours, YOU get to drive an authentic military-grade TomCar UTV. A Tomcar is smooth, fast, maneuverable and drives like no other off-road vehicle. Even if you've driven consumer grade UTVs and ATVs made by Polaris, Kawasaki, Yamaha, etc., you've never driven a military-grade UTV! They glide over the rocky terrain, leaving all others in the dust!! (Here is an added benefit - UNLIKE MOST AREA ATV TOURS, YOU DON'T NEED TO WEAR A HELMET ON OUR TOURS! So, no need to worry about that horrible "helmet hair".) As Arizona's #1 ranked self-drive tour outfit, Desert Wolf Tours provides unique tours to proprietary attractions that no other company offers. Because we're so near to most Scottsdale/Phoenix resorts, you'll be able to spend more time in the desert and less time in somebody else's van. We use the world's most comfortable off-road vehicles, have the best Adventure Guides and play in the most interesting terrain. With access to hundreds of thousands of acres of Desert Wilderness just North of Phoenix full of Cowboy history and gorgeous vistas, our guests leave our tours with awesome memories that last a lifetime? BOOK TODAY and we'll guarantee that you'll have a Great Time! NOTE - ALL OF OUR DESERT OFF-ROAD TOURS LEAVE FROM THE ROADRUNNER RESTAURANT AND SALOON, JUST A FEW MILES NORTH OF PHOENIX ON I-17.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We went on this with a work group that we were with. Brandon Buckles was our guide. Very fun and dusty. I did not drive but my husband did. It was fun to see the beautiful scenery. Brandon was very informative about the local terrain and told us about different plants and animals that we saw along the way. Ended up at a really fun local bar. Would like to go back and take our two boys. They would have loved it.

Thank Laura R
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The scenery is great, the Tour guide knows his job and you learn about the native plants etc.

Couple of things, a few more stops would make it more interesting and maybe servicing the Tomcars might make it a better experience.
The one we had the accelerator kept on getting stuck so you had to ride the brakes all the time.
Otherwise its a good experience.

Thank Craig M
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DesertWolfTours, General Manager at Desert Wolf Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Hi Craig M,

Thanks for your valuable feedback. We are really sorry that we did not see that you had an issue with your throttle.

We asked Brandon about the issue you had. He said that he didn't realize that you were having an issue with your vehicle. Again, we are sorry he didn't catch it. That is something he could have easily fixed for you. Based on your experience, we will make sure that our guides emphasize to our guests to let the guide know if they are having an issue with a car. Our guides actually take out a spare throttle cable in their SAR kit because, due to the extreme heat, a throttle cable will stick once in a while.

We offer the longest Tomcar driving tour in the Phoenix area. Our Tomcars spend about 7 to 8 hours per day running out in the Sonoran desert. This is some of the most beautiful and harshest terrain in the world. We service our vehicles before and after each tour. Plus we rotate vehicles through our shop on a regular basis to undergo major overhauls. (As an example, we replace our engines every 2 years on average.) In addition to this, our guides are trained in maintenance out on the trails, which we refer to as "trail fixes". As with any off-roading endeavor, we hope for the best but plan for the worst. When it come do desert off-roading, things happen from time to time on the trails. That's all part of the experience and is what makes our tours authentic, fun and adventurous.

Again, we are sorry that we did not see the problem and get it fixed for you. We should have. And, for future guests who may read this review, please let your guide know if you are experiencing any issues. We offer a true "off-roading adventure" in an extreme environment and things do happen from time to time on the trails. Our guides go through extensive training and have years of off-roading experience. They can quickly fix most of the issues you are likely to experience. And, Brandon is one of the best at it.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We had the most amazing half-day Tomcat tour with Brandon Buckles! My husband and I were extra lucky that day because we were the only ones on the tour (Mother's Day morning...), and Brandon gave us an amazing experience. Not only was he very knowledgeable about the Sonoran Desert (We learned more from him about Arizona that we have learned in the 8 years we have lived here!), but he also took us on fun and beautiful trails on our Tomcar adventure. With Brandon, we felt safe and comfortable the entire time and we really enjoyed driving the Tomcar. What a great way to experience the desert! We can’t recommend this tour or Brandon enough. Even if you live in the Phoenix area like we do, you should do this tour. Who knew that so much fun was waiting in your own backyard? This would also be a great adventure for group events – wedding parties, teambuilding, etc. No matter how you decide to do this tour, you won’t regret it!

1  Thank Shauna P
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Four couples just returned home from a long weekend in the Phoenix area with the idea to do a few fun things in the few days that we had out that way. We all agreed on the idea of driving an off-road adventure. We had an absolute blast.......Darrell Crum, who was our guide, made our first time experience the best !! He was not only very informative but he made everything we were learning so much fun !! He is an absolute gem in representing Desert Wolf Tours. Would I go again or recommend this to ours.........ABSOLUTELY !! We all enjoyed the experience and would want to book the trip with Darrell again !!

Thank Claudette B
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

Brandon, our travel guide was excellent. I learned a lot. the scenery was breathtaking.I'm so glad I did this.
Ps, I'm not the atv type, but this was within my level of comfort.

Thank walpax
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