2009 Jeep Jamborees: 4-Wheelin’ Fun for the Whole Family

What is a Jeep Jamboree?

Jeep Jamborees are off-road adventure weekends that bring together the outdoors, down to earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s.

Catering to every level of off-road expertise, these popular off-road events have been going on for more than 50 years, and have grown into more than 30 annual outings that take place in some of the most scenic off-road locations in the country – from California to New Jersey and just about every state in between.

There’s just one catch – you must have a Jeep to participate. The Jamborees are only open to Jeep vehicles with a 4-LO transfer case — that includes everything from showroom stock all the way up to highly modified rigs.

A Quick and Easy Adventure Fix

One of the best things about Jeep Jamborees is that they’re completely pre-planned and all-inclusive (food, permits, guides, etc.).  All you need to do is show up and drive. This makes them perfect for someone with a busy schedule looking for a quick and easy weekend adventure getaway.

A typical Jamboree will depart Friday morning and return Saturday night, in between experienced guides will help you navigate your jeep through scenic switchbacks and some of the most challenging off-highway situations you never thought your Jeep vehicle was capable of.  Camp out under the stars Friday night and tell stories of the day’s adventures.

Prices range from around $200-$300 per trip for adults and $100-$150 for kids (6-12).  They also have a special deal called Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!, for parties of four or more traveling in the same Jeep. As the name implies the 4th person need not pay the registration fee.

Sample of trip itineraries:

19th Arch Canyon – Apr 23-25 – San Juan County UT

Set in the heart of Utah’s remote canyon country, this Jamboree takes you through the area of cliffs the Anasazi Indians called home. Visitors can view ancient inscriptions and traverse the challenging canyon trails. Meals are served outdoors, with overnight rustic camping permitted.

In your spare time, you’ll want to visit the Dinosaur Museum – for in the land, the mighty allosaurus once ruled – and Edge of the Cedars Museum, both in nearby Blanding.

1st Nevada Heritage Tour with Mark Smith – NEW – May 18-22 – Reno NV

Start your adventure in the “Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno, Nevada. After a good nights rest, you’ll begin your three day journey with Off-Road Hall of Famer, Mark A. Smith as he leads you through the beautiful high desert of eastern Nevada.

Hear the wind as it echoes through ghost towns and let your imagination recreate the bustle of some of Nevada’s most prominent mining towns. Many building and artifacts still remain to help you envision a glimpse into the past. Virginia City, Berlin State Park, Ward Charcoal Ovens, Lehman Caves, Pony Express Trail and a ride in one of the few remaining steam locomotives in North America are only some highlights of the Nevada Heritage Tour.

17th Black Hills – IT’S BACK – Sep 24-26 – Deadwood SD

Black Hills National Forest is home to the monumental Mount Rushmore and some of South Dakota’s most intriguing and historic locales. It encompasses the legendary town of Deadwood, best known for the exploits of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

Now Deadwood is maintained as both a colorful vestige of the Old West and a first-rate family vacation area that includes both modern campgrounds and gaming casinos. The award-winning motion picture Dances with Wolves was filmed in nearby Spearfish Canyon. The trails offer a wide range of difficulty and feature breathtaking scenery.

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