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Old 09-19-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Moab Easter Jeep Safari

All right, I know. It's a jeep crawl! Before the bashing begins just let me explain. My buddy is taking his rig for the 2012 safari and he wants me to go as his spotter/mechanic. I told him I'd prolly do it, but I'm looking for some info from anyone that's been to the Easter Jeep Safari, or Moab in general. This will be my first trip. Im Looking for info on where to stay,and what trails we should run. He has a fairly well built Rubicon with 35's, lockers, armor, winch, etc...

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Jeep Safari is fun. I went last year mostly as a spectator. I also ran some trails that weekend as well but not with the Heep guys. Their trail runs are all guided by an experienced Moab trail guy and there are tons of different difficulty levels. Seems with his vehicle he would want to do at least moderate to hard trails. All the organized trail runs meet early, about 8am and then finish wen they finish...

I have last years Jeep Safari dedicated trail/info newspaper. If we get out to a trail here in TN soon I'll bring it for you to take a look at.

I scouted my own camp sights with some help of GPS coordinates that one of my buddy's has. You can also do pay camp sites that are very nice.
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Jeep Safari is fun. I went last year mostly as a spectator. I also ran some trails that weekend as well but not with the Heep guys. Their trail runs are all guided by an experienced Moab trail guy and there are tons of different difficulty levels. Seems with his vehicle he would want to do at least moderate to hard trails. All the organized trail runs meet early, about 8am and then finish wen they finish...

I have last years Jeep Safari dedicated trail/info newspaper. If we get out to a trail here in TN soon I'll bring it for you to take a look at.

I scouted my own camp sights with some help of GPS coordinates that one of my buddy's has. You can also do pay camp sites that are very nice.
Thanks, I'm getting pretty stoked even though it's 6 months away. I figure we'll do the mod to hard trails, I just ain't sure which ones are the best. The application requires us to specify each trail on each day we want to run and first come first serve. There are so many to choose from!
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order this book off of amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Backroad...6482826&sr=8-2 It is a must and a very good guide book. The trails are rated a little conservative in this book but dont be fooled, if it says the trail is rated hard there is at least one section that it is serious about even though most the other parts may be only moderate.
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order this book off of amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Backroad...6482826&sr=8-2 It is a must and a very good guide book. The trails are rated a little conservative in this book but dont be fooled, if it says the trail is rated hard there is at least one section that it is serious about even though most the other parts may be only moderate.
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Don't stay at a hotel. There are several RV/campgrounds that rent out small cabins that have all the amenities for almost half the price.

I've stayed here and enjoyed it very much. http://moab-utah.com/moabrim/
$49 split two ways a night is a steal. Shower, kitchenette, microwave, queen size bed, and a set of bunch beds.

The Moab Diner has some awesome green chili.

You can find the book Jeff mentioned in about every shop or gas station in Moab. As Jeff said, it's pretty good even though I've found some errors in it.

May can still be chilly weather wise so make sure you take some warm clothes.

Trails I recommend:

7 Mile Rim
http://www.4x4now.com/mtsmr.htm

Fins & Things
http://www.utah.com/offroad/fins_things.htm

The Safari normally goes to this Potato Salad Hill (video at the top of page)
http://www.utah.com/offroad/potato.htm

Hey Joe Canyon (not difficult but scenic)
http://4wheeldrive.about.com/gi/dyna...ow.com/hjc.htm


This was last years trip
http://s225.photobucket.com/albums/d...nesnyder/Moab/

This years trip. The first couple sets of pics in this album are actaully from Colorado. The DCLB with the besttop is Jeff's.
http://s225.photobucket.com/albums/d...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20
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Spring Canyon Bottom on the way back from Hey Joe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4S67...eature=related
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Spring Canyon Bottom on the way back from Hey Joe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4S67...eature=related
Is this you, Ben?

I did the Spring Canyon->Hey Joe run on 4-wheelers back about 8 years ago. AWESOME ride. Were you able to make it all the way down next to the river and back into Hey Joe Canyon with the truck?
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there's alot of free camping at the end of potash road shortly after it becomes a dirt road....go past the buildings and you'll see many free options
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Is this you, Ben?

I did the Spring Canyon->Hey Joe run on 4-wheelers back about 8 years ago. AWESOME ride. Were you able to make it all the way down next to the river and back into Hey Joe Canyon with the truck?
It's me and Chad. We weren't able to make it all the way back. I'll dig out the photo where we had to stop when I get home. It's in the 2010 MOAB album but I can't access it here at work.
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This is Kane Creek trail in Moab
http://youtu.be/gLygl4zwEGo
They do have bypasses for the harder sections, fun trail

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That looks like a fun one.
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That looks like a fun one.

kane creek is one of my favorites...coming up the rock hill can be difficult and the first obstacle is tight with 2nd gens, but overall a great trail
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We took the right and went through Hurrah Pass out to Lockhart. That was a long ass drive.
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there's alot of free camping at the end of potash road shortly after it becomes a dirt road....go past the buildings and you'll see many free options
Thanks for the info. I'll look into that!
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This is Kane Creek trail in Moab
http://youtu.be/gLygl4zwEGo
They do have bypasses for the harder sections, fun trail

Nice vids! Thanks!
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