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Sea Of Cortez Jeep Jamboree

Posted in Events on September 1, 1998
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Photographers: Rick Péwé

Ever been to Baja, Mexico? Ever been to a Jeep Jamboree? OK, so have you ever been to a Jeep Jamboree in Baja? Not unless you attended the very first Sea of Cortez Jeep Jamboree held last February in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, have you had the best of both worlds. There's nothing quite like Baja on a warm sunny day, especially if you're 'wheeling a Jeep. That's what these Jamborees are all about, getting a bunch of like-minded individuals and families together for some easy-to-difficult Jeeping, and this intro-to-Mexico Jamboree came off as one of the best ever.

The Diablo Dry Lake just inland of San Felipe gives participants a chance to imagine a Baja race; this is where professional racers reach speeds of more than 150 mph. Careful driving is needed, as large holes about the size of a spare tire have been dug in the lake bed.

This Jamboree offered a variety of trails that ran along the beach or to the top of pine-covered mountains where participants spent the night in tents or rustic accommodations at Mike's Sky Rancho. The overnight trail followed much of the same route as the famous Baja 1000 race course, as well as the equally challenging but shorter San Felipe 250.

Jeep Jamborees are pretty much inclusive right down to the food you eat, and nearly stock rigs slog it out on the trail next to the highly modified ones. Experience is not needed for most runs, and knowledgeable guides help drivers negotiate rough sections of the trail to prevent body damage, save the terrain, and keep the line moving along.

If you would like to find out more about Jeep Jamborees or register for an upcoming event, contact Jeep Jamboree USA, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 1601, Georgetown, CA 95634, 530/333-4777.

1998 Jeep Jamboree Schedule
Jeep Jamborees are held throughout the year and are offered with a variety of difficulty ratings depending on the terrain. Certain equipment is required at some events, and all vehicles need to have towhooks on the front and rear. Only Jeep vehicles are allowed on the runs.

Date Event Location Trail Ratings
9/11-13 Black Hills Deadwood, SD 4-6
9/18-20 Adirondack Martinsburg, NY 2-6
9/18-20 Great Lakes Cadillac, MI 3-5
9/18-20 Old Oregon Territory Cottage Grove, OR 3-6
9/25-27 Northwoods Crandon, WI 2-5
9/25-27 Ouray Ouray, CO 3-5
9/25-27 Poconos Fall Mount Pocono, PA 2-6
10/2-4 Land Between the Lakes Marshall County, KY 2-8
10/2-4 Mahoosuc Mountains Newry, Maine 4-6
10/9-11 Appalachian Murphy, NC 5-7
10/9-11 French Lick French Lick, IN 2-5
10/16-18 Gateway to the Cumberlands Williamsburg,KY 3-7
10/16-18 Mohawk Trail Charlemont, MA 4-6
10/23-25 Apache Land Globe, AZ 4-8
10/23-25 Ouachita Hot Springs, AR 5-8
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