The Jeep Safari is for all full-sized street-legal 4-wheel-drive vehicles. No UTVs, sand buggies, crawlers or ATVs are allowed. Cost is $150 to register and $50 per vehicle per trail day. Money goes to pay Bureau of Land Management and state land fees and to provide bathrooms, parking areas, trail marking, signs and maintenance and new camping sites such as the ones along the Colorado River.
The other challenge for participants may be trying to find a motel or a place to camp. Not only is Moab packed in the spring, but many longtime Jeep Safari participants make a reservation a year in advance. There are sometimes cancellations in Moab; those planning a trip may want to visit www.discovermoab.com or call 435-259-8825 to learn about any rooms that are available. It is also wise to check towns near Moab, including Green River and Monticello, for available rooms.
The BLM has approved the event permit for the next decade, allowing the Red Rock 4 Wheelers to add eight new trails this year: The Pickle, Cameo Cliffs, Day Canyon Point, Deadman Point, Rusty Nail, Where Eagles Dare, Jax Trax and an addition to the famous Hell's Event trail called The Escalator.
There are 51 trails in all, rated from 1 (easy) to 10 (severe).
The club emphasizes that the Utah state government has tightened up enforcement of nonlicensed vehicles on public roadways. Vehicles that are not registered to be street legal must be trailered to the trailhead.