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2014 Easter Jeep Safari - Return To Wonderland

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We know there are a lot of great 4-wheeling destination in the U.S., but Moab, Utah, has to be one of the best—if not the best if you’re a fan of rockcrawling. Moab doesn’t have the hardest trails, but it has some of the most scenic yet challenging places to take your 4x4. We go every year for the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), but this locale is so popular that almost every brand of 4x4 is starting to have 4x4 events in Moab. We know there

“The 4-door Jeep JK has really taken over EJS”

We know there are a lot of great 4-wheeling destination in the U.S., but Moab, Utah, has to be one of the best—if not the best if you’re a fan of rockcrawling. Moab doesn’t have the hardest trails, but it has some of the most scenic yet challenging places to take your 4x4. We go every year for the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), but this locale is so popular that almost every brand of 4x4 is starting to have 4x4 events in Moab. We know there is the Cruise Moab (a big Toyota event) that usually happens within a month of Easter Jeep Safari. We have also heard of Suzuki events and side-by-side events. Most recently we heard of a RamCharger event in Moab! And although the EJS week is the most crowded event there, it is also the best time to go if you like to see a ton of cool 4x4s. Plus, vendors and manufacturers often come that week to show off their new wares and wheelin’ widgets.

While on a trail ride sponsored by Warn, a Jeep fell over to help show off how great the Warn Zeon winches. Special thanks to the driver of the Jeep for being so thoughtful to the Warn folks!

In case you’re new, the Easter Jeep Safari is put on by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers and has a number of attendee-only trail rides. These range from trails that would challenge any driver to ones so mild your grandma would happily come along with you. We go there every year and always wonder why we don’t visit more often because it’s such a cool place. Of course, the date of Easter changes every year and so does the weather in Moab. In fact, this year we saw snow, hail, rain, and days so sunny you could wear shorts!

TV personality and off-road wonderchick Jessi Combs wasn’t scared to try this climb in the BFG-shod red JK. She quickly had a crowd of fans rooting her on. Though Moab is usually known for its awesome sandpaperlike traction, a quick rainstorm made this climb slick and slippery. Luckily Combs is a spokesperson for Warn industries and knew when it was time to keep the dirty side down and throw the hook.

In addition to 4-wheeling, Moab has a bunch of great restaurants, shops, hotels, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and white water rafting. There are cool places to keep everyone in the whole family happy, and plenty of sights to see on all the trails if you like drooling over cool 4x4s from across the country (and beyond).

As we finish this article we are already dreaming and scheming—dreaming about next year’s EJS and scheming to figure out how we can get to Moab more than once a year. If you’ve never been, check out the Red Rock 4-Wheeler’s site (rr4w.com) and/or come to Moab when your own brand of 4x4 owners are planning a run. Let us know; maybe we’ll meet you there.

Have you heard of Campbell Enterprise? It is the shop in Arizona where desert/rock racers Shannon, Nick, Wayland, and Bailey Campbell all build and race wild buggies in all avenues of off-road racing. They brought a new production rock racing chassis to Moab that you can now order packed full of big Currie axles and healthy Turn Key V-8s.
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We love hitting up Area BFE just southeast of Moab, and we keep running into Detail-Dan Anderson, who volunteers to lead us up the trails at BFE. We find that only visiting Moab once a year is a problem because we forget where all the best trails are. That seems like a great excuse to return more often.

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