|4x4's on the Hell's Revenge Trail, Moab, Utah|
Fifty years ago members of the Moab area Chamber of Commerce packed a lunch and loaded up their Jeeps for a trip out in the red rocks. One dirt trail called Behind the Rocks was the days entertainment. Since then the event has grown from one trail to over thirty. But where did they come from?
Visitors today may not know it but Moab's has an extensive background in mining. During the 1950's a Uranium boom occurred and later potash and manganese were mined. Today oil and natural gas are being mined all over the area. It is because of the mining of yesterday that we have access to such great scenery and off-road recreation today. These roads were originally cut as access and exploratory roads for the mining companies. For the most part these roads were abandoned and other than the local 4-wheeling club repairing and marking the trails there is little maintenance.
|Tip Over Challenge on the Hell's Revenge Trail|
One common misconception that I've heard from people that have never attended an event like this is that they think the Safari is some kind of race. It's quite the opposite, however. You may hit fifteen miles an hour if you find a long, flat stretch of road but this is rare. This is what they call rock crawling. It's slow and leisurely with some opportunities to test a vehicles abilities thrown in here and there. It's a family event where people pack a lunch and come together to share a common interest. Folks here are respectful of each other and the environment and are generally good people.
|Vendor booths fill the Spanish Trail Arena|
On the last Saturday of the event, referred to as "Big Saturday," all of the trails will line up along main street and it's side streets to await a shotgun start. At 9:00 AM the roads leading into town are closed and 1600 vehicles will leave town in a what can best be described as a massive Jeep parade. This is the only day of the week that every trail offered is ran on the same day and needless to say is the busiest day of the week.
Well that is a very quick, very rough overview of the Easter Jeep Safari. I wanted to make sure that you had an idea of what this event is since I'll be referring to it a lot in the next month. If you are interested in learning more about the event or the club that hosts it go to http://www.rr4w.com/. I'm looking forward to attending this event again and even more excited to cover it for you here on the site.
Oh and a quick thank you to those of you that stop in here every week and to those of you who have just found us. If you like what you see please tell others about us. We want to reach as many people as possible because it's fun to share our experiences with you. Thanks!