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Destination: Moab - Easter Jeep Safari Can't Be Beat

Group Of Jeeps In Maob
Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted July 29, 2013
Contributors: Harry Wagner
Photographers: Harry Wagner, Verne Simons

Wheeling Moab

The southeastern Utah countryside is awe-inspiring. As much as we like the wheeling we can’t deny that the rock formations around here are like nowhere else. This group was on a ride with Skyjacker Suspension along the Sevenmile Rim Trail, and their Jeeps were dwarfed by the massive Determination Towers.

Imagine a town where everyone is driving a cool 4x4. The sound of knobby rubber hums down every street and road all day long. Everyone is wearing a sweatshirt in the morning to fend off the crisp chill while cruising to the trail in their open-topped off-roader. This town is surrounded by majestic red cliffs that give the entire municipality an amber glow every dawn and dusk. And every canyon hides a multitude of trails and obstacles to explore and attempt so that there is plenty of four-wheeling every single day. If you can’t imagine this, you need to go see it for real in Moab, Utah, during the Moab Easter Safari.

Though called the Easter Jeep Safari, the event isn’t closed to non-Jeeps

The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has been going on since 1967 when the Moab Chamber of Commerce initiated it. Since 1982, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers (www.rr4w.com) have been putting on the event with organized trail rides every day and a huge vendor show where parts for every type of Jeep and 4x4 are on display. Though called the Easter Jeep Safari, the event isn’t closed to non-Jeep vehicles, but the sevent-slot 4x4s do hold majority rule during this event. Plus, the Jeep Corporation attends every year and brings a handful of cool new concept vehicles to drool over.

We’ve been attending the Moab EJS for years, and it’s definitely one of the high points of the off-road calendar. There are great trails, a fun town, and more cool 4x4s to check out than you can imagine. In fact, we come back home every year with a plethora of feature trucks that we find there wheeling the red rocks. If Moab isn’t on your list of places to go wheeling, it should be. We hope to see you there next year. To find out more visit www.rr4w.com.

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Mustache Ride
The past few years there has been an unofficial event at Moab called Mustaches for Moab. A bunch of guys too lazy to shave allow their upper lips to get furry for the week of wheeling. This year an impromptu night run initiated the first-ever Midnight Mustache Ride at Area BFE. The goal was midnight-to-dawn wheeling. We tagged along and had a great time ending the adventure on Moab Rim as the sun came up before rolling back into town for some much-deserved breakfast and coffee.

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The sunrise over Moab was grand, even if the drivers were struggling to stay awake as the sun crested. This type of fun makes the long nights of wrenching prior to Moab and the long drive getting there worth it.

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