Two full days and many trail miles were in the books for the 2018 Jp Dirt ’N Drive, but there was one more to go. For the final time, Dirt ’N Drive participants gathered for the 7:30 a.m. driver’s meeting in Kayenta, Arizona, to get the skinny on the plan for the day. It was going to be a full one, despite Moab being only 263 miles from the group’s starting point via the fastest route. As would be revealed, the plan for the day would be a circuitous one that would entail crisscrossing the border between Utah and Arizona several times before finally heading north for the ultimate destination of Moab, the Easter Jeep Safari, and most importantly, the victory dinner.
The track for the final day of Dirt ’N Drive first led participants through majestic Monument Valley, the location for a variety of significant movie scenes in addition to an interesting study in the geology that created the entire area. The group then left the pavement and followed a county road that skirted the backside of Monument Valley and offered views that most pavement-bound tourists would never see. After popping back into civilization in Bluff, Utah, just long enough to get some fuel and maybe a Danish, it was back to more dirt work on a loop that included multiple opportunities for participants to gather photos for the last cards of the photo challenge and also check out some Native American sites. Once reaching Blanding, Utah, it was an hour-long push on the highway to Moab and Canyonlands by Night for the victory dinner. Capping things off, Editor Rick Péwé raffled off many items for participants, including two sets of General Tires, multiple Mopar accessories, Warn accessories, Rugged Radio kits, swag from Rampage, Bushwacker, and many more. The final item was a JL grille signed by the entire Jeep design and engineering team responsible for the creation of the latest-generation Wrangler. That winner turned out to be Clint Malberg from Las Vegas. In the end, over 100 Jeeps made the overland trek from Phoenix to Moab, and everyone arrived in one piece. If you’d like to be a part of next year’s Jp Dirt ’N Drive, keep your eyes peeled to the Four Wheeler Network and Jp social media pages. Spots are limited and fill up quickly, but it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to meet new people, cover new ground, and wheel with the Jp Magazine staff. Thanks for following along, and we hope to see you on the Jp Dirt ’N Drive next year!