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Moab Restrictions for 2020 Easter Jeep Safari: What You Need to Know

If you’re thinking about getting your off-grid EJS on without a hotel, restaurants, and public places read this

The annual Moab Jeep Safari is one event most 4x4 enthusiasts look forward to all year long whether they actually own a Jeep or not. But as of March 17, 2020 the Utah Board of Health has put a limited 30-day hold (which will be reevaluated in 14 days) on hotel reservations, dine-in restaurant patronage, and other public gathering places for Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties (the full scope of which may be found HERE), it may seem for many that the 2020 Easter Jeep Safari is suddenly a no-go. We know 4x4 folk are resourceful, innovative, and able to find a silver lining on any dark sky, so we initially thought "never die, we'll just camp in an off-road van down by the river." But then we checked the fine print in the "Section 3 Overnight Lodging" area and found it contained verbiage that hotels, motels, condos, townhomes, guest homes, RV parks, and all camping on public or private lands are available only to Essential Visitors (people working in these counties) or Primary Residents.

Yes, in theory you should still be able to enjoy some socially distanced primitive camping if you just showed up in your 4x4 and kept your group to less than 10 individuals located more than 200 yards from the next nearest camp, but as we're reading and understanding it right now, it doesn't seem that's the case per the letter of the law. We'll keep monitoring this fluid situation as it unfolds and will hope for the best. With any luck we'll hopefully be cleared to load our tents into our 4x4s, grab a good supply of food and water (good luck finding toilet paper) and head to any number of out-of-the-way remote spots in Moab's beautiful backcountry. But if not, please adhere to the rules put forth by the local governing bodies and don't go crashing the proverbial barriers to make your own way into the area. The last thing we need is for off-roaders to be seen as rule breakers and hell raisers in the public eye during such a sensitive time in the country's collectively fragile state. The trails aint going anywhere. We still hold out hope that we'll be able to get on them for Easter Jeep Safari, but if not, we'll just move the dial on the calendar and hit 'em when it's publicly acceptable to do so. We know you're all good stewards of the land, but let's be good stewards of the hobby as well and play it by the rules no matter what we may think of them. Here's holding out hope we'll all see each other really soon!

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