2018 EASTER JEEP SA­FARI, UTAH, USA

SNOW-CLAD MOUN­TAINS, DESERT DUNES, RUGGED RED SAND­STONE TORS − WEL­COME TO THE WILD WEST OF MOAB, UTAH, THE VENUE FOR THE LONG-RUN­NING EASTER JEEP SA­FARI.

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS CHRIS COL­LARD

WITH roots dat­ing back more than five decades and firmly im­planted in the psy­che of the planet’s off-road ad­her­ents, there is lit­tle ar­gu­ment that the Easter Jeep Sa­fari is here to stay.

From hum­ble begin­nings as a one-day trail ride back in 1967, which wrapped up with a Boy Scout bar­be­cue fundraiser, it has ma­tured into a global phe­nom­e­non at­tract­ing tens of thou­sands each year – a lit­eral spring gath­er­ing of the who’s who of off-road. To­day, the event utilises 35 of the re­gion’s most iconic routes over a span of eight days, and re­lies on a vol­un­teer staff of hun­dreds. The ven­dor show, which started in the early ’90s with just a dozen man­u­fac­tur­ers, now oc­cu­pies 10 acres and has a lengthy wait­ing list.

As the Easter Jeep Sa­fari pushes into its sixth decade, we wanted to take you to some of its iconic mild-to-wild trails, hunt for new swag at the man­u­fac­turer show, and, as is tra­di­tion, check out Jeep and Mopar’s cur­rent batch of con­cept ve­hi­cles. While the num­bers have in­creased in the past 52 years, the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tors re­main: trail ca­ma­raderie, good fun and heaps of Jeeps.

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