A Southern Utah Adventure With The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV
The Mercedes-Benz G Class SUVs are not just luxury trucks with off-road looks. They look like they can handle themselves off-road because they truly can handle themselves off-road.
There’s no better place in the world to truly test the capabilities of a Mercedes-Benz G3, G 550, or G 63 than the trails and backroads of southern Utah and northern Arizona.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV was designed to get you there and back again, no matter the terrain. And today’s Sunday drive is a perfect road to test that design and the G-Classes off-road skills.
It’s a drive that is not for the faint of heart, but the reward at the end of the road is worth the effort it takes to get there.
Did you know, if you head south on River Road in St. George, Utah you’ll eventually reach the Grand Canyon? It’s one of a few different routes to the Toroweap Overlook on the North Rim.
The Route To Take in Your Mercedes Benz G-Class
You’ll pass the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse on the way. Followed by a technical climb over Mt. Trumbull itself that is definitely a 4-wheel-drive road. And if you feel comfortable taking your Mercedes-Benz G-Class on roads that are little better than glorified ATV trails, you’ll have a blast climbing through the wooded heights of this route.
Fortunately, there are easier ways to get there. The easiest and most reliable route, County Road #109, leaves AZ 389 eight miles west of Fredonia or six miles east of Pipe Spring National Monument. This 61-mile road features sharp rocks, washboarding, and dust. A high-clearance vehicle is still recommended, even for this route, but it can be managed in vehicles a little less ground-clearance. So if you drive a Mercedes-Benz SUV like a GLS or a GLE you can still experience this amazing adventure.
No matter which route you take to the Tuweep area and the Toroweap Overlook, you’ll want to be prepared for an adventure. Road conditions can change suddenly, especially during monsoon season. You will face tire puncturing rocks in the roadways, no water, gas, food, or any other services along the way, and with very few exceptions, no cell phone service at all. If you do find yourself needing a tow and manage to call for help the bill may wind up being a couple of thousand dollars.
Drive slowly to avoid blown tires. Bring a full-sized spare with you. Carry tire plugs and an air compressor with you. Make sure you have enough fuel to carry you the 120-plus miles there and back. Take extra food, water, and clothing, and be prepared to spend the night just in case you get stuck.
You’ll want to check the weather report before you head out, especially during the monsoon seasons in southern Utah and northern Arizona. While the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV is a formidable off-road vehicle, flash floods in the desert southwest should not be trifled with. Click here to check the current conditions.
But with proper preparation, you’ll find the most spectacular views of the Grand Canyon at the Toroweap Overlook. There are hiking trails to enjoy as well and with and advance permit, you can spend the night and enjoy dark skies and an amazing opportunity for star-gazing.
For more information or to plan your visit to the Toroweap Overlook go to https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm
When You Return – Service Your Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV at Mercedes-Benz of St. George
Upon your return from your amazing adventure to the Grand Canyon and Toroweap overlook, stop in to our St. George dealership and enjoy a cup of coffee while you have the oil changed in your Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.