2018 marks the 52nd annual Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) in Moab. It’s amazing to think Jeepers have been flocking to Utah’s high desert for as long as the NFL has been crowning Super Bowl Champions. Just like the grid iron classic in February, the legendary off-road festival hosted by Red Rock 4 Wheelers (RR4W) celebrates the premiere achievements in its industry through rough and rugged performance. ExtremeTerrain was there in late March to experience all that EJS had to offer.
The week-long Jeep event ran from Sunday March 25th to Saturday March 31st and included everything from vendor sponsored trail rides, to corporate social gatherings hosted by aftermarket parts manufacturers, to an incredible display of seven, completely custom JL Wrangler concepts from Jeep themselves. The trail rides range in difficulty from 1-10, with something like Steel Bender, rated at 6, offering a mixture of moderately difficult off-road obstacles to a couple of hair-raising upchucks or drops to raise the adrenaline of even the seasoned wheelers in the crowd.
A part of Easter Jeep Safari’s schedule that draws some of the largest crowds is the vendor expo. Moab’s Jeep parts village is a feast for the eyes held at the well-known Old Spanish Trail Arena (aka, the equestrian center). The full array of aftermarket parts were on display from premier manufacturers like Teraflex for suspension, Mickey Thompson & BF Goodrich for tires, and even the accessories we all love so much from companies like Rugged Ridge or Daystar.
Making the trip to Moab is no small feat for some. A push pin map of the world at the Jeep setup at Walker Drug Company’s parking lot throughout the week illustrated this point with visitors to EJS from almost all 50 states and countries as far flung as Australia and Norway represented on the map. However, as expected, some of the most common license plates spotted on the Jeeps rolling through Main St. Moab are from the southwestern states of the U.S. Make no mistake, the legendary Red Rock 4 Wheelers, based out of Utah’s town of about six thousand population has earned its reputation as a worthy host to such an event. Many of the trail rides benefit from the expert trail guidance of the club’s knowledgeable members. It is easy to spot the crew in their iconic red nylon jackets with the RR4W patches on the back. Classic!
ExtremeTerrain was able to take one of our own project Jeep’s across the Steel Bender trail on Tuesday March 27th. The 2017 Wrangler Rubicon, outfitted in Deegan38 parts, handled the category 6 trail like the beast that it is. To see more about how this particular Jeep came to life, swing over to our YouTube channel to watch Brian Deegan himself putting our Rubie through its paces. Also, vist this page for a peak at the line of Deegan38 parts that can only be found at ExtremeTerrain.