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Easter Jeep Safari - N38° 34.42' W109° 32.96'

Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted July 28, 2004

The 38th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

If you found yourself at the coordinates listed in the title in early April, then you were amongst thousands of exuberant four-wheel fanatics in Moab. To some folks, Moab is the quintessential magical land of red-rock 4x4 trails and vivid landscapes. The 2004 Easter Jeep Safari brings four-wheelers from across the country and around the globe.

For the past 38 years, Red Rock 4-Wheelers has done a great job coordinating the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS). The safari has become one of the year's premier four-wheel events for enthusiasts and aftermarket manufacturers alike. EJS offers participating adventurers more than 30 organized trail runs to chose from with ratings from one to five. This gives participants of every skill level the opportunity to experience this awesome land. The Red Rock club goes to great lengths to prepare for the event and mark the trails, working closely with the BLM and private landowners. Its steadfast dedication to the event, to the sport of four-wheeling, and to responsible land use are instrumental to the survival of EJS and 'wheeling in the area.

EJS is great for Moab's economy and four-wheel enthusiasts, and it's unfortunate that the entire area and sport are under attack from environmental extremists looking to shut our sport down. On April 2, just before this year's event, Red Rock 4-Wheelers successfully defeated in court an attempt to keep four-wheelers off the Strike Ravine Trail.

Of course the environment needs to be protected, but we in the West certainly don't want to find ourselves besieged with legislation dictating that we can only 'wheel on private land. This is the very scary outcome when fanatical environmentalists impose their will upon you. In some East Coast states, you can't 'wheel on anything but private land. So much for the term public lands.

For our sport to survive, it's imperative that we four-wheelers follow the regulations already in place and 'wheel responsibly. We know this isn't always fair or fun, but we don't want to make the situation any worse. When visiting areas such as Moab, stay on the designated trails and don't litter. Remember: What we may consider harmless fun, militant environmentalists will consider a travesty and will do everything in their power to exploit our errors.

Hopefully, Moab and other four-wheel meccas will be open for our enjoyment, our children's, and for many generations to come. Get involved and help fight for the right to 'wheel on public lands by contacting your local four-wheel-drive club, or a national association to lend your support.

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  • This hot tub on Upper Helldorado is a great place to take in some exciting and challenging action.

  • This angle gives you some perspective on how steep and tall this hot tub is, considering that this 'crawler is about 15-feet long.

  • It would certainly be a shame if we were to lose our right to four-wheel in this giant red sandstone playground.

  • Manufacturers love to test their new equipment in Moab. Rancho brought out its new company rock buggy, which flawlessly 'crawled everything in its path.

  • Clifton Slay, the owner of Poison Spider, was our trail leader for one of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility's runs.

  • Dirk Sanders from DPG Off-Road broke in his Project Double-Duty TJ.

  • This is an unfortunate victim of the hot tub.

  • Moab offers 'wheelers some very technical challenges. Although it may not look like it, this is the approach to a steep little waterfall. This driver backed up just a couple of inches too far over the first step, which flipped him over it.

  • Carey Steiner 'wheeled her very capable Defender D90. Thanks for the ride, Carey.

  • 4WD Technical Editor Christian Lee made short work of this tough obstacle.

  • We caught our competition, Christian Hazel, weaving his way through this narrow gap in the rocks in his cool little DJ.

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