EDITORS UPDATE: On Tuesday, March 17, the City of Moab, Utah complied with a county mandate to shut down at 10:00 PM and to not re-open for 30 days. All restaurants, gift shops, hotels and vacation rental units have been ordered to cease operations for 30 days and all non-essential personnel are being turned away from Moab.
This has resulted in the following statement from the Red Rock 4 Wheelers…
2020 Easter Jeep Safari Update: RE Corona Virus
March 18, 2020
The emergency ordinance by the Grand County council and Moab City limiting attendance at special events has been extended to encompass motels and campgrounds in and around Moab.
Guests have three days to check out of all motels and campgrounds, they are then to remain closed for 30 days. All the restaurants are restricted to curb service only at this time.
In the best interests of everyone concerned, for the first time in 53 years, we are cancelling Easter Jeep Safari.
There is no need to contact us, your Event fees will be refunded to your credit card as soon as possible, your patience is greatly appreciated as these may take 30-60 days to process. Sorry, we do not have the ability to retain your payments for the 2021 EJS.
Please note – the trail of the month for March (3/21/20) and April (4/18/20) have been cancelled.
A lot of people have concerns that the trails around Moab will be closed if Safari doesn’t happen. This is not the case, the trails here are always open as they are BLM, Multiple Use Lands.
We appreciate your support through the years and hope to see you in 2021. Take care and be safe in your daily lives and travels.
Red Rock 4-Wheelers
Sorry COVID-19, we are Going to Have the Best EJS Ever!
Monday, March 16, 2020
On March 11, the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, hosts of the Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, issued the following statement:
The Grand County council [where Moab is located] is putting forth an emergency ordinance limiting attendance at special events. A careful review of the attendance limits on mass events has put us in the position of cancelling the Vendor Expo held in conjunction with EJS.
You read that correctly. The massive vendor show that takes place at the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah, during the annual Easter Jeep Safari, has been summarily canceled because of concerns about COVID-19, aka the Corona Virus.
The statement goes on to read that “all of the trails for EJS will go off as scheduled. Meeting places and times will remain the same.” So, EJS is going on strong, just without the still growing vendor show.
Since the announcement, off-road industry companies big and small have been making strategic decisions regarding their attendance, efforts, and expenses at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari.
- Jeep canceled. The annual tradition of bringing concept Jeeps is a no go.
- Quadratec issued a companywide travel ban.
- Teraflex is rumored to be out.
- And the list goes on…
With daily updates like this, Easter Jeep Safari 2020 is going to be far different than any in recent memory.
And that could be a good thing.
Those vendors that are showing up are making an extra effort to get your attention and provide you with a new and unique EJS experience.
Many of your favorite vendors are not only going to be there but are finding ways to make an even bigger splash.
Some companies, like ModernJeeper founding company Metalcloak, already have a leg up. According to company co-founder, Matson Breakey, “this will be our twelfth year at EJS and our sixth year providing free suspension testing just outside of town.”
While Metalcloak will be changing how they normally do EJS, they “are committed to making it the best possible experience for all including giving away over 600 Commemorative T-shirts and setting up to do over 300 Suspension Tests.” You can find Metalcloak in front of Arches Repair all week with their full line of brands including KMS Adventure Rack Systems, Cloakworks 4×4, and ModernJeeper Adventures.
Local vendors are also committed to making this the best ever. Jeremy Rowan of Outlaw Jeep Adventures has taken the reigns advocating and reminding everyone that Moab is ready to once again become the Mecca for Jeep lovers everywhere.
Besides, without a vendor show on Thursday and Friday, that’s two more awesome days of wheeling.
So, if you are on the fence about COVID-19 and whether or not to attend Easter Jeep Safari… this year’s experience is going to be the best ever.
You are not going to want to miss it.
A Note About Safety
It is important to note that we all should be responsible shareholders of life and take care to lessen our chances of exposure by a couple of simple rules of safety…
- Avoid normal contact with others. Fist bump instead of shake hands, for example.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Don’t touch a doorknob or some other surface frequented by others, then shove your fingers in your mouth.
- Use common sense. If you get a cold or feel something going on, get checked and don’t expose others.