One of our favorite aspects of the four-wheeling hobby is the ability to create your own off-road adventures. Whether that journey is a quick trip down to the river or a full-blown multiweek excursion through the desert, the choice is yours. Over the past 10 years, 4-Wheel & Off-Road has hosted its own: a week-long wheeling expedition known as the Ultimate Adventure. Since its launch, this benchmark off-road trip has influenced countless others to create their own rugged wheeling adventures.
While many plan their excursions on a small scale, Mel Wade turned his big adventure dreams into reality with the creation of the North American JK Experience. His idea was simple: show Jeep Wrangler JK owners how capable their modified Jeeps are through a tough and scenic week-long wheeling expedition.
Similar to our UA, there are no trailers allowed, the vehicles must be street legal in their registered states, and each person and his or her Jeep must be self-sufficient. With a few nights of camping, long road days, and sheetmetal-devouring trails as part of the experience, this wheeling journey is not for the faint of heart-or the stock JK. Minimum requirements include front and rear lockers, a rollcage, a winch, recovery points, and tires at least 37 inches tall.
This year was the inaugural run of the JK Experience, and it sent the participants on a multistate tour of the Southwest. With the trip kicking off in El Paso, Texas, and finishing six days later in Southern California's Johnson Valley OHV Area, the group faced a wide variety of challenging terrain, beautiful countryside, and historic monuments. We caught up with the group just outside Las Cruces, New Mexico, and followed along as they splashed, bashed, and crawled their way from state to state.
For more information on the JK Experience and to find out how you can become part of next year's trip, visit www.jk-expericence.com.
Located just outside the Johnson Valley OHV Area is Giant Rock. Although it's just a giant rock, it's still an impressive sight to see!