With off-roading, it’s very tempting to think you’ll figure out on your own everything you need to know about enjoying the very best that Mother Nature offers. After all, there’s nothing more thrilling than going off the beaten path and taking a trail that is not well-traveled.
Maybe you’re into uneven terrains or unpaved roads or you just want to take your vehicle onto a track that only a few people know. As long as you observe the rules of the national park or state park you’re driving through, everything is fair game.
What’s not to love?
But there is something to be said about hanging out with fellow off-roaders and in particular jeep enthusiasts. Think of it like a big boy scout jamboree where everybody just gathers and shares food and stories. You’d be surprised what you can pick up from fellow off-roaders. One of our favorite meet-ups and off-roading events is Mud Unlimited in San Diego, Ca.
You may think that you’ve figured out a lot of the things that you need to know about hitting the trail, but you’d be quite thrilled to see that different people with different eyes can come away with very different interpretations and important trail lessons.
This is why so many off-roaders throughout the United States meet up. They range from almost formal events with a schedule of organized festivities and presentations to more impromptu or improvised meetups.
In these types of get-togethers, you don’t really know who will show up and what kind of information you’ll come across. You can just look forward to the great food and the wide range of jeep-related products that some attendees have on offer.
A lot of these jeep meetups are actually put together by jeep-aficionado groups throughout the United States. They originally were formed to share the latest information on both OEM and aftermarket parts.
After a few of these events and the colorful characters that show up and the memorable stories being shared, these events take a life of their own. Depending on the meetup that you go to, there is a jamboree involved.
This differs from a meet and greet. A jamboree is where jeep owners go on a two-day drive. They have a preset itinerary, jamborees allow you to see jeeps lining up on what seems like an almost endless stretch of road.
Jamborees make it a point to go to different scenic spots that people may not be aware of. This makes for a very memorable time because veterans, who know that part of the United States so well, picked up the itinerary and the different waypoints for the jamboree.
If you go to one jamboree in Phoenix, Arizona the next time you go, it will be a totally different experience. They never feel the same.
First, different people attend such jamborees, so you come across different stories and personalities.
Moreover, there will be some changes in the itinerary, and these minor variations make a tremendous difference.
Also, keep in mind that for people with nine-to-five jobs, these not only make for great weekend getaways, but they also have different event guides.
Regardless of the terrain, you’re in safe hands. Many people are around you, so you won’t likely get stuck in the middle of nowhere with no one to help you.
Should you need that kind of help, there will always be people there with mechanical and technical skills needed to get you back up and running.
Again, jeep meetups focus on bringing out the very best of the nature trail or national park near them.
Here are the different jeep jamborees scheduled for 2021 across different states.
Here are the different Jeep Jamborees for 2021 across different states:
- Location: Table Mesa, Arizona; Date: March 4 to 6, 2021
- Location: Texas Spur, Texas; Date: March 18 to 20, 2021
- Location: Arch Canyon, Utah; Date: April 22 to 24, 2021
- Location: Palo Duro, Texas; Date: April 29 to May 1, 2021
- Location: Tennessee Mountains, Tennessee; Date: May 6 to 8, 2021
- Location: Big Bear, California; Date: May 6-8, 2021
- Location: Land between the lakes,, Kentucky; Date: May 13- 15, 2021
- Location: Badlands, Indiana; Date: May 20-21, 2021
- Location: Top of the Ozarks, r, Missouri; Date: June 9 to 12, 2021
- Location: Tillamook, Oregon; Date: June 10 to 12, 2021
- Location: Drummond Island, Michigan; Date: June 17-19 2021
- Location: Penn’s Woods,Pennsylvania; Date: June 24-26, 2021
- Location: Killington, Vermont; Date: July 8-10, 2021
- Location: Northwoods-Mole Lake, Wisconsin; Date: July 15-17, 2021
- Location: Silver Valley, Idaho; Date: July 22-24, 2021
- Location: Coal Mountains, Pennsylvania; Date: July 29-31, 2021
- Location: Rubicon Trail, California; Date: August 12-15, 2021
- Location: Beartooth Adventure, Wyoming; Date: August 18 to 22, 2021
- Location: Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming; Date: August 26 to 28, 2021
- Location: Killbuck, Ohio; Date: September 9-11, 2021
- Location: Catskill Mountains, New York; Date: September 16-18, 2021
- Location: Ouray, Colorado; Date: September 16-18, 2021
- Location: Blackhills, South Dakota; Date: September 23-25, 2021
- Location: Ozark Mountains, Arkansas; Date: September 23-25, 2021
- Location: Uwharrie, North Carolina; Date: September 23-25, 2021
- Location: Emigrant Trail Adventure,, Nevada; Date: September 29- October 3, 2021
- Location: Maine Mountains, Maine; Date: September 2- to October 2, 2021
- Location: Gateway to the Cumberlands, Kentucky; Date: Oct 14-16, 2021
- Location: Greenbriar Valley, West Virginia; Date: October 21-23, 2021
- Location: Moab, Utah; Date: October 21-23, 2021
- Location: Death Valley, California; Date: November 4-6, 2021