Patriot Crawl at AreaBFE: 2018 Easter Jeep Safari #EJS2018Posted in News on March 25, 2018
U.S. Military veterans and active duty members alike have been gathering on the Utah slickrock since 2015 for an event called the Patriot Crawl. This year over 200 4x4s including everything from purpose-built rock buggies to new Jeep Wranglers, met at AreaBFE—one of Moab, Utah’s exciting off-road destinations. This year’s location for the run is different from the “usual” Moab trails, since AreaBFE is located on 320 acres of land, just south of town.
Participants were greeted by the welcoming AreaBFE staff and joined by some off-road industry leaders and their rigs before setting off onto the trails beneath the bluebird Utah sky. Patriot Crawl participants navigated trails with names such as Strike Ravine, Minor Threat, and Helldorado. Spirits were high as the off-road enthusiasts conquered the rocks with the picturesque La Sal mountains in the background.
At the conclusion of the day, the Patriot Crawl participants elected to test their skills on the Helldorado trail—a name known by many wheelers. The trail features a “gatekeeper” obstacle, designed to weed out any rigs (or drivers) who cannot successfully straddle the boulders; an area dubbed “The Squeeze” that threatens to reshape the upper areas of vehicle body panels; and a final obstacle known as the Waterfall. We gathered plenty of photos and video of the epic trail ride so read on and check ’em out!