My hometown of Moab, Utah hosts one of the most spectacular events in the exciting world of Four Wheeling! Each spring, my family and I participate in the Moab Jeep Safari, held for 9 straight days over Easter Weekend. This year will be the 2015, 49th annual Jeep Safari Celebration. It started back in ’67 when the chamber of commerce decided they needed to find a way to attract tourists to the area. In ’83, the Red Rock Four Wheelers Club took over the organization and expert execution of this event. Here we are, almost 50 years since its inception and it’s become the largest off-road vehicle event on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hardcore off road enthusiast. I’m merely a fan and an amateur off roader whose lust for taking roads untraveled has developed with the rising popularity of this event. Just like me, people from around the United States and abroad come to the Moab Jeep Safari to cut their teeth on the greatest four wheel drive landscape the world has ever known.
Growing up in Moab, I’ve seen just about every type of off road vehicle. There are so many different ways to outfit a car or truck for handling the abuse it’s sure to receive on these slick rock trails and sandy bluffs. One common denominator would be the prevalent use of gigantic suspensions and even bigger tires. I wouldn’t just rally my Subaru back in the rough. Those trails are for fully outfitted, off road vehicles only. The baron and inhospitable landscape reminds me of a science fiction movie. Locals around here know all too well the dangers this landscape can conceal.
Here are some commonly asked questions:
• Can anyone just come down and register?
Why, yes. They can.
• Do I have to own an off road vehicle?
It sure would make sense.
• What are the requirements for my vehicle?
Why, oddly enough, your vehicle need only be street legal, have decent ground clearance, and be equipped with a 2 speed transfer case.
• Would it be wise to bring my Subaru?
I don’t recommend it.
It isn’t hard to gauge how important this event is to some folks. A quick look around and we’ve easily spotted vehicles that have been outfitted with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Some people spend all their extra cash beefing up their four wheel drive for this one event. It’s also not uncommon to recognize the same faces every year. People book their lodging and register for their favorite trails months in advance. If you haven’t been here before and you want to come participate, you’ll need to keep some things in mind.
• You’ll be responsible for bringing your own food and water. There’s no alcohol allowed on the trails.
• Bring your own safety equipment and spare parts.
• No side by sides or ATV’s.
• It’s spring, so bring some warm clothes. It can get cold.
• Have an amazing time!