A picture speaks a thousand words. Possibly never a more appropriate saying when writing about Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) in Moab Utah. Organized by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers this year marked the 50th anniversary of this iconic event and certainly lived up to all the excitement such an occasion deserves. If you missed this year or have never been this truly is a “bucket list” must for any Jeeper who loves the outdoors and wants to try some rock crawling. Fun, interesting, challenging for all skill levels and in one of the most stunning landscapes on earth.
We were fortunate to have 3 days to run trails before the huge vendor show began. Our first day was spent on “CliffHanger” which really does live up to it’s name. A pair of locking diffs and 35″ or bigger tires are recommended here and though nothing really challenged the Nitro Buggy, it was certainly attention getting in our solid axle swapped Jeep Grand Cherokee on 37’s a few times. The guys from Rock Krawler Suspension led a decent size group that day and everyone had an awesome time.
Tuesday found us on the Hells Revenge trail just east of the town of Moab. Easy to get to and in an ORV rec area Hells Revenge is pure slickrock with unbelievable traction and some really fun optional obstacles along the way including the infamous “Hot Tubs.” The Nitro buggy got a workout here and needed all 500+HP to contend with the Devils Highway Hottub. It must be 25-30 feet deep with a nearly vertical escape path.
A more sedate pace gives breathtaking views north into Arches National Park and southeast to the LaSal Mountain range. Amazing offroading and equally amazing landscapes.
Day three of our moab offroading took us onto “Porcupine Rim” with the great people from Warn Winch. Having never run this trail before we weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a fun day with different views from an area east of Moab very few people seem to visit. We ended up on a high mesa looking north into a valley filled with ancient sandstone remnants. The trail proved to be pretty easy, but would be ideal for a near stock 4×4 looking for some mild challenges, solitude and incredible vistas.
Big gatherings and parties abound in Moab during EJS. We were one of the sponsors of a dinner at the BluPig BBQ in downtown Moab that attracted some of the cool rides in town including a few of the custom Chrysler Concept Jeeps. Even the winning race car from King of the Hammers was in attendance that night.
With BluPig behind us we enjoyed a couple days meeting customers at what must be the best 4×4 Vendor show in North America. People from all over the globe stopped by to see us including our friends from Waldy’s Offroad in Puerto Rica who shipped and then drove 10 Jeeps cross country to spend the week wheeling in Moab. The vendor show itself takes a few hours to see everything there and then culminates into a frenzied raffle with over $250,000 worth of prizes given out on Friday night.
Nitro Gear and Axle will certainly be present at EJS in 2017 and we would encourage anyone thinking about joining to start making plans now. Accommodations fill up fast and you’ll want plenty of time to decide if you want to sign up for Red Rock 4 Wheelers club runs or just go offroad with friends. Whichever you choose you are sure to make some memories that last a lifetime.
If you’d like to see more great photos of Moab in Hi-resolution check out this Flickr Album with our best shots from EJS2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/134904681@N04/albums/72157666009636612