I've been going to Moab Easter Jeep Safari for 8 years now.
During these excursions I've learned a few things that make the week-long trip a lot more fun.
#1. Make sure your rig is well-prepped. I typically spend two to three weeks prior to Easter Jeep week wrenching on our project Teal Brute, tightening bolts, zip-tyeing loose wires, changing fluids, and generally prepping for the trail days ahead.
#2. Eat a Zak's. With a mind-boggling assortment of all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza choices, Zak's restaurant and pub is truly the hungry Jeeper's best answer to "what should we eat for dinner?" One pizza flavor in particular was sought after most: honey chicken. mmm, so good...
#3. Get to know Danny Grimes. Danny Grimes, a retired 4x4 shop owner, lives in Moab, just south of the Old Spanish Trail Arena. His home is a safe haven for anyone with a good attatude, moral integrity, and a six pack of his favorite brew. Danny's back yard features a shop building that is typically stocked with tools and everything else a shop should have. It's also kept warm for those in need of a clean place to fix trail carnage. During the week of Easter Jeep Safari, Danny opens his doors to the whole industry, and hosts an awesome get-together celebration. If you need something in Moab, chances are Danny know where to get it. He's solved many problems for countless Moab visitors throughout the years.
#4. Keep It Legal. The influx of visitors to Moab during Easter Jeep Week translates into a whole lot more law inforcement than normal. If you plan on driving your rig to dinner, or simply prefer leaving the tow rig hooked up to the trailer in the hotel parking lot, make sure your trail rig complys with Utah's various state laws related to mud flaps, turn signals and rear view mirrors. We always see lots of scenes like the one shown here. Tickets typically are cheap, but still a bummer when avoiding them is as easy as driving your tow rig in town.
#5. Take a Trailer. For us Moab is a 1,000-mile trek. If something like a transmission or transfer case should fail, a trailer is the cheapest insurance you can get to make it back without a major hit to the credit card.
#6. Plan One Day to Enjoy The Parks. Moab has two of our Country's most senic National Parks, both within a short drive from town. Arches and Canyonlands National Park give Jeepers a nice respite from offten overcrowded Jeep trails. If you miss Arches, CONSIDER YOURSELF FOOLISH.
#7. Hang Out at Potato Salid Hill for an Afternoon. During Easter Jeep week, Potato Salid Hill can be one of the most happening places to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Local youngsters typically congregate at the base of the steep, loose-covered granite hill climb and attempt to harness cheers from the crowd of onlookers. Watch for us magazine guys to show up too, Whenever we arrive with our camera's in tote, it seems to up the anti a bit, giving those who are brave enough to push the limits for a chance at fame.
#8. Check out Area BFE & Make a Donation. Area BFE is a virtual wonderland of challenging terrain for all skill levels. We recommend spending at least one whole day exploring trails like Green Day, Lock Jaw, Helldarado and Britney Spears. Be sure to drop a few bucks into the donation station before leaving. Doing so will ensure the park remains open for everyone to enjoy all year long.
# 9. Check out The Vendor Show. If you like to check out cool new products for Jeep vehicles then you definitely don't want to miss the Easter Jeep Vendor Show. Everything you would ever want to own is located at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. We also like to trek through the parking lot in search of cool feature rigs.
# 10. Bring a Friend. This year my lucky buddy George hopped a flight from Sacramento to Denver, Denver to Moab. It cost him $285.00 one way. He took three days off work and says he's hooked. Next year he plans to take his wife and kids in his own Jeep TJ.