2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
We keep getting teasers that spring might actually be on its way – crocuses popping up, 60 degree days here and there…but when the Jeeps gather in the Moab for the annual Easter Safari, you can be sure that spring has arrived.
The Jeep Safari was started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce. The very 1st trail was “Behind the Rocks Trail.” The “Moab Rim” was then added the next year. In those days, individual ice cream packages were dropped by airplane to the trails at lunch. All the leaders were Chamber members, there was no charge or entry fee, and only a Saturday trail. To register you showed up Saturday morning and signed up for the trail you wanted. The Safari was run this way through 1982.
Now, The Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab officially run approximately 9 different trails every day, mostly day-long trips, with “Big Saturday” culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening – around 30 groups line up in downtown Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails.
The Moab Easter Jeep Safari doesn’t just mean great off-roading. It also means that it’s time for Jeep to reveal a new batch of concept vehicles in a tradition that’s quickly becoming as eagerly awaited as the Safari itself. We’re anticipating a look at 6 concept vehicles, just like last year, but so far, they’ve teased us with only two: the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II and the Wrangler Slim.
Unfortunately, Jeep has yet to unleash any information on either model. Both feature brightly colored paint and dark wheels, and the Grand Cherokee clearly is based on the updated-for-2014 model, but that’s about all the information that’s available at the moment.
Last year’s incredible Moab reveals included the J-12 and Mighty FC, so we expect some equally show-stopping vehicles at this year’s event.
We will keep you posted as soon as we get the news….! Until then, stop in at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Fredericksburg and take out a Jeep for a test drive of your own….you’re going to need to get your off-roading skills in order before next year’s safari!