We went with a paid tour that cost me and my wife about $350. We had a Jeep but were "advised" not to drive. Don't believe it. I have taken my 2 wheel drive Ford Escape on rougher terrain. Save your money and drive it yourself. Bring lots of water, warm cloths...it was about 40 degrees in April and the wind was blowing. But the view is incredible. Due to cloud cover, we did NOT get to see a sunset, but, the colorful clouds and the sun peeking through were fantastic. Our "guide" did give us some interesting info on the way up, but nothing that can't be learned on the Internet. Stop at the Visitors Station about 2/3 of the way up and get used to the thin air. MANY people up there got light headed so be careful. Everyone MUST come down at dark so be prepared to drive down a steep unpaved road in the dark. Plan on arriving at the summit no later than 30 minutes before sunset and leaving after sunset. After dark, go back to the Visitors Station to do some stargazing. They have a few small telescopes set up. We got to see Jupiter in two of them. If you go with a camera, be sure to bring a tripod to get the best shots of both the sunset and the starts.
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