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01 Jeep Wrangler JK Pork Chop Concept Moab Utah Easter Jeep Safari

Moab Easter Jeep Safari: Do It The Right Way

Make The Most Of Your Moab EJS 4x4 Trip

Photos: John Cappa and Ali Mansour 

Moab, Utah has long been known as the Jeep and 4×4 mecca and the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari has been recognized as the crown jewel of 4×4 events for more than 50 years. Of course at the heart of Easter Jeep Safari are the world renowned off-road trails, but there are also other attractions that can keep you and everyone in your family entertained all week. If you’re visiting Moab for the first time, you should seriously consider signing up for the official Easter Jeep Safari trail runs led by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers (RR4W). It will help you get your feet wet in the Moab terrain with assistance from the experienced local off-road club members. No matter how you choose to access the trails, read on to find out what else you shouldn’t miss at the next Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

02 Hells Revenge Mickys Hot Tub Moab Easter Jeep Safari

Hell’s Revenge is the quintessential Moab 4×4 trail. There are bypasses for stock and mildly built vehicles and there are optional obstacles like Mickey’s Hot Tub that can be a real challenge for heavily modified vehicles and experienced drivers. There is something for everyone on Hell’s Revenge.

Moab Trails You Can’t Miss

The trails you chose should be at the same level as your Jeep and driving skills. There are trails for all levels and the RR4W club website does a great job of describing each trail and providing an accurate difficulty rating. Having said that, there are quite a few trails that we would put on a must-do list if your Jeep and driving skills are up to the task. Hell’s Revenge is by far the most quintessential Moab trail. It features lots of the signature Moab slickrock and easy bypasses for difficult sections. You’ll also find extremely challenging and popular optional routes such as Hell’s Gate, Mickey’s Hot Tub and Escalator. Hell’s Revenge is close to town and easy to access, so we often find ourselves here several times during the week.

03 Kane Creek Canyon Moab Easter Jeep Safari

When the water level is low enough to pass, most of Kane Creek Canyon is relatively uneventful, but it is surrounded by magnificent views. It’s not until near the end of the trail where it gets more difficult and rocky as you climb out of the canyon.

Our second favorite trail in Moab is Kane Creek Canyon. In the spring you can expect more than 50 water crossings on this trail. Beware, if it’s raining hard, the trail may be impassable. Much of the trail is through brush, which can damage a fancy paint job. There are several challenging sections on Kane Creek Canyon, but the climb out near the end will require the most skill.

04 Pritchett Canyon Moab Easter Jeep Safari

You should generally plan for an all-day trip on Pritchett Canyon. The trail is narrow in most places with few spots to pass broken vehicles. It’s not unusual for Pritchett Canyon to become a parking lot in the afternoon.

Pritchett Canyon is the most difficult official Easter Jeep Safari trail, however there are plenty of far more difficult unofficial trails. If you plan to take on Pritchett Canyon, expect a long day. It’s popular. The most challenging parts are narrow with few bypasses to get around broken vehicles. It’s not unusual to sit in line waiting a good portion of the day in Pritchett Canyon. Bring plenty of tools, spare parts, drinks and food. You’ll likely be out there longer than you plan.

05 Ford Super Duty Powerstroke Poison Spyder Moab Easter Jeep Safari

If ever there was a full size truck trail in Moab, it’s Poison Spyder. The trail features plenty of challenging obstacles, but there is enough room to navigate a bigger vehicle through them.

Poison Spyder Mesa is our fourth favorite trail in Moab. It’s a great trail for modified full size trucks. It’s not overly tight but there are enough challenges to keep it interesting for even the most experienced driver. Of course there are fantastic views, too.

06 Suzuki Samurai Cliffhanger Moab Easter Jeep Safari

The stair step drop down entrance to Cliffhanger is also your stair step up exit to the trail. Climbing out is perhaps the most challenging part of Cliffhanger, but near the end before the turnaround point you’ll have to navigate a rocky section on the side of a cliff. It’s not for those who are afraid of heights. 

Our fifth favorite Moab trail is Cliffhanger. Cliffhanger is an in and out the same way you came to the trail. It’s narrow in most places so it can get clogged with traffic and broken vehicles. Fortunately, the most challenging sections are at each end of the trail. If you don’t like off-roading near ledges, consider skipping the end bit and simply turn around and head back early. You’ll still have the opportunity to enjoy the challenge of the exit steps and ledges to the gravel road. Check out the rest of our top 10 favorite Moab trails below. 

Our Top 10 Favorite Moab Trails

  1. Hell’s Revenge
  2. Kane Creek Canyon
  3. Pritchett Canyon
  4. Poison Spider Mesa
  5. Cliffhanger
  6. Moab Rim
  7. Fins and Things
  8. The Pickle
  9. Golden Spike
  10. Metal Masher
07 Hells Revenge Moab Easter Jeep Safari

If you only have time for one trail in Moab, Hell’s Revenge is the one to hit. Hopefully you’ll have several days and can work your way down the list of our top 10 favorite trails. Be sure to check out the trail ratings and full descriptions on www.rr4w.com to make sure your 4×4 and driving skills are up to the task. 

08 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Vendor Expo Show

The Moab Easter Jeep Safari Expo gives you the chance to see all the newest aftermarket 4×4 products. You can also chat one on one with the manufactures to find out what might work best on your off-roader.

Moab Easter Jeep Safari Expo

Some Easter Jeep Safari visitors forget to stick around long enough to catch the vendor’s Expo at the Spanish Trail Arena. It’s where you can see the latest in aftermarket Jeep and 4×4 offerings and talk face to face with the manufacturers about your Jeep or other 4×4 project. The expo is held Thursday and Friday of Easter Jeep Safari week. It’s open all day and into the night. There is usually enough time to stop by the show in the morning before hitting a trail, or hit a trail first and make your way to the show in the afternoon.

09 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Walkers True Value Mopar Booth

Most 4×4 enthusiasts only get to see Jeep concept vehicles online or in print, but the Easter Jeep Safari gives you the opportunity to see these creations up close and personal in the Walkers True Value Hardware parking lot. Vehicles are typically rotated out daily so you’ll need to stop by several times to see them all. 

Moab Jeep Booth

Simply walking through the central part of Moab you’ll see any number of cool 4x4s parked and driving by. One stop you shouldn’t miss in town during Easter Jeep Safari week is the Jeep and Mopar booth, which you’ll find in the Walker’s True Value Hardware parking lot. It’s here where you’ll usually see several one-off prototype off-road ready Jeeps built specifically for Easter Jeep Safari as well as many production vehicles and aftermarket Mopar parts. Sometimes you’ll even see a new Jeep vehicle reveal, so it’s a solid waypoint when strolling about Moab.

10 Arches National Park Moab Easter Jeep Safari

It doesn’t matter if not everyone in your family is a 4×4 enthusiast, there is still plenty to do in Moab. Some of the more popular activities include rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking, dirt biking, side by sides as well as hiking in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. 

Moab Lodging, Entertainment and Food

There are plenty of hotels, RV parks and Airbnb options in and around Moab, Utah. The downside is that all of them are well aware of when Easter Jeep Safari takes place, so you can expect to pay two-three times the normal rate for lodging during the event. Lodging options close to town usually fill up first. Staying in town is convenient because it makes it possible to walk to the many food options. 

Speaking of food, we have a few favorites. If you’re a burger and shake lover, you’ll want to make a trip to Milt’s for a burger, fries and a shake or malt. We also steer into Giliberto’s Mexican Taco Shop for the food we’ve come to love. There are plenty of sit-down restaurants in town and some of our favorites include Zax Restaurant, Sunset Grill, the Moab Brewery and any number of other places. One thing is for sure, you won’t go hungry in Moab. 

Now if your significant other and offspring aren’t as addicted to 4x4s as you are, don’t worry, Moab itself can offer some leverage. There are plenty of other activities besides 4×4 trail rides in Moab, Utah. Moab is well known for world class climbing, rafting on the nearby Colorado River, mountain bike trails galore, dirt bikes, side by sides as well as hiking in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. If all else fails you can include a bribe of a spa day at the Sorrel River Ranch resort.