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Moab Easter Jeep Safari - Easter In Moab

Posted in Features on August 1, 2006
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Photographers: Sean P. Holman

Easter in Moab is to 'wheelers what Daytona Speed Week is to race fans or the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is to bikers. It's more than just a destination for challenging 'wheeling on some truly legendary trails-it's a lifestyle event.

Here's something you may not know: The Easter Jeep Safari was created by the Moab Chamber of Commerce way back in 1967. In those days, the Safari was only a one-day event that took a small number of jeepers over just one Moab trail. In 1982, the Moab-based Red Rock 4-Wheelers took the helm of what was growing into a supertanker of an event. Since then, the Easter Jeep Safari has ballooned to span a full nine days.

If you're unfamiliar with the small town of Moab, you'll be pleased to know that it has most of the services of a major metropolitan city, including legal counsel in case that campfire axle debate turns ugly.

The sum of all of this change is that the Easter Jeep Safari is now a major player in the 'wheeling world and it draws vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket suppliers, and four-wheelers from all over North America and beyond. It's kind of like the Vegas SEMA show, only better because you get to 'wheel and you don't have to wear a suit. It's also interesting to note that a large percentage of the 'wheelers in Moab during the Easter Jeep Safari aren't actually registered participants of the Red Rock 4-Wheelers' Easter Jeep Safari proper. Nonetheless, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers have earned street cred because they're the folks tirelessly working behind the scenes (and fighting the battles) to keep the Easter festivities in Moab alive.

If you haven't been to Moab: plan on it. If you have been, you know what we're talking about.

For more info on Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari, visit the Red Rock 4-Wheeler Web site (www.rr4w.com) or Discover Moab (www.discovermoab.com).

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This year two individuals got together and spearheaded a grassroots effort to help keep Moab clean. Avid four-wheeler Jeff Knoll and recycling advocate Sara Melnicoff were both very frustrated about the amount of trash left behind at Potato Salad Hill-one of Moab's more popular hot spots. Rather than complaining or placing blame, they decided to make a difference. Luckily, information about this effort spread quickly via the pirate4x4.com Web site. This turned into a weeklong challenge to clean up Moab's trails. The effort attracted many individuals, families, pro rockcrawling teams, and even some major aftermarket manufacturers. Plans are currently underway to expand this cleanup for next year's Safari. For information, visit www.moab-solutions.org or see the official Pirate 4x4 thread (MOAB EJS Challenge) at www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=450779. Get involved and help keep trails open!-Robin Stover

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