One of the greatest things about the off-road culture is you don’t have to have a specific vehicle to do it. The trail doesn’t care. There are vehicles that are more popular than others and some trails require certain vehicle abilities, but nothing says you must drive any given vehicle. The Easter Jeep Safari is no different.
Jeepers from all over the world flock to Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) but having a Jeep isn’t a necessity to run the amazing terrain Moab has to offer. Thousands of non-Jeeps run the trails all-season long, and many of them come to town during the Easter week event to join in the festivities.
Broncos, Samurais, Scouts, F-series trucks, off-road vans, and so many others all come together to beat the dirt, sand, and slickrock into submission. Jeeps do have a much bigger following at the event obviously, but there’s plenty to do with a fullsize rig, and no one will turn away a fellow off-roader on any of the trails.
For years, a collection of people known as the Fullsize Invasion have been led by former Off-Road Magazine Editor Jerrod Jones and Off-Road Designs owner Stephen Watson on trails in Moab during EJS. The groups hit multiple trails through the week, including Hell’s Revenge, Gold Bar Rim, Poison Spyder, and more. It’s a true testament that a Jeep isn’t required.
Super Dutys, ’80s Chevys, Dodge Rams, and anything else with a straight axle are common rigs to see, and in various forms. Desert race trucks, Ultra 4 buggies, overland expedition rigs, and everything in between can take advantage of the experience.
The extended wheelbase and wide track width of a fullsize truck can be extremely useful on the trails when dealing with massive boulders, 10-foot waterfalls, and immensely varying terrain. Even independent suspensions can be seen roaming around the trails, and most of them do exceptionally well. Plus, most non-Jeep rigs have plenty of storage space, and don’t suffer the “how am I going to get all my gear in my Jeep” woes.
The point is, just get out there. Run what ya brung. Build what you want, wheel it, and enjoy the life.