Set in the heart of Utah’s remote canyon country in the scenic high red-rock desert, this Jamboree takes you through the area of cliffs the Anasazi Indians called home. Participants can view ancient inscriptions and dwellings up close. One of the two trails we use traverses Arch Canyon. Lunch is held within a short hike to the arch that gives the canyon its name. The other trail is more challenging and leads to Hotel Rock, named after its Anasazi dwellings. Limited to a low number of Jeeps, this Jamboree offers a more intimate and friendly setting than most. Meals are served outdoors under large cottonwood trees at the canyon mouth, with overnight rustic camping permitted. Hotel accommodations are located in nearby Blanding.
Tow points and CB Radio Mandatory.
Participant Jeeps with tires over 37″ WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT VEHICLE EVALUATION AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND JAMBOREE, NO REFUND.
27th Arch Canyon Jeep Jamboree
Due to permit restrictions,
a minimum of 2 Participants per Jeep is required
This Jamboree is a “Classic” – catered meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, plus dinner will be included on Thursday night during registration as part of the “Signature” package. Please read “A Message from your Coordinator” for information on camping and suggestions of where to unload Jeeps that are brought to the event by trailer, as well as updates regarding trail status and environmental impact mitigation.
THURSDAY, April 19, 2018
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
FRIDAY, April 20, 2018
7:00 A.M. – 8:15 A.M.
8:15 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. 12:30 P .M. – 2:00 P .M. 2:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. – 6:15 P.M. 6:15 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, April 21, 2018
7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
8:15 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 A.M. 12:30 P .M. – 2:00 P .M. 2:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Registration, vehicle evaluation and trail sign-ups will take place at the Blanding Arts & Events Center (BAEC), located on the Utah State University Eastern Blanding Campus at 715 West 200 South, Blanding, Utah 84511. Vehicle evaluation is MANDATORY prior to trail sign-ups. No late registration on Friday morning.
Breakfast served at the BAEC. Be sure to pick up your lunch before you leave.
Mandatory general attendance meeting at the BAEC. Make sure you have a full tank of gas prior to the general attendance meeting!
We will depart for Cottonwood Camp as a group, which is approximately a 30 minute drive from the BAEC in Blanding.
Time to enjoy your lunch along the trail Trail ride
Dinner served at Cottonwood Camp
Breakfast served at Cottonwood Camp. Dress warm, mornings can be very cool. If you are staying in town, please allow approximately 30 minutes to drive to Cottonwood Camp and make sure you have a full tank of gas. After breakfast, be sure to pick up your lunch before you leave for the trail.
Mandatory general attendance meeting at Cottonwood Camp Trail ride
Time to enjoy your lunch along the trail
Dinner served at Cottonwood Camp
For trip and/or vehicle questions contact Shawn Gulling: firstname.lastname@example.org / 530-333-4002
Registration questions, adding or changing passengers contact Savannah Brewer: email@example.com / 530-333-2550
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COORDINATOR
will do the Arch Canyon Trail on Friday and the Hotel Rock Trail on Saturday; the other group will do these same trails but in reverse order. No more than 25 vehicles total will be assigned to either trail due to permit restrictions.
Arch Canyon, Trail Rating 4 The majority of this trail is rated a 3, however small sections are a 4 and may even be a 5 due to winter run-off effects. It is approximately 8 miles to the head of the canyon. Due to the possibility of nesting raptors we may need to turn around roughly 1⁄2 to 1 mile before the head of the canyon. If this is the case then we will attempt to give you the opportunity to hike to the head of the canyon during our lunch stop so you can see the arch that gives Arch Canyon its name. You will be driving on sand and sediment and will be navigating rocks. Undercarriage clearance is not a problem if you pay attention. The road is forever changing with the winter’s run off. Conditions cannot be predicted. We will have scheduled stops and plenty of photo opportunities. If you make an unscheduled stop, pick a spot to pull over where you will not be driving on plant life and following Jeeps can pass by. If possible, we will turn around at the head of Arch Canyon; if not you will have the chance to hike to the arch as mentioned. Use the road to turn around but do not drive off the road. The plants and soil are very fragile here and this will help us protect the canyon. You will not be bored backtracking here; the light from the new angle of the sun will make you feel that you are in a totally different canyon as you drive out. You will see ruins that you missed while driving into the canyon.
Hotel Rock, Trail Rating 9 Due to the high difficulty rating of Hotel Rock, tow points are mandatory. Jeeps that have the bumper/tow hitch set up should purchase a tow point insert that fits the receiver hitch. Most 4- Wheel shops carry the insert. Prices average between $20 and $30.
We will be graced by beautiful vistas of this rugged country and will make an extreme climb to Hotel Rock from the south. You will be challenged by steep sections, both up and down, sharp dips, and off-camber sections, both left and right. Drivers will not be able to relax until we reach flat ground, on Cedar Flats, near Hotel Rock. This is a pulse-quickening romp into the past, through Utah’s majestic canyon lands. Tow straps may be needed on some vehicles in the more challenging sections. We will see mountain ranges over 150 miles away: the silver San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the Lukachukais of Arizona and New Mexico. All this can be seen below the snowcapped Blue Mountains of Utah. The contrast here is a photographer’s dream, for both amateur and professional alike. Hotel Rock was so named because of the ruins that are built into its vertical walls by the “Ancient Ones”.
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION www.weather.com For a current 10 day forecast. This will assist you in planning and packing for your trip.
Due to the extreme environmental sensitivity of Arch Canyon, please do a high-pressure undercarriage wash of your Jeep before coming to the Jamboree. During vehicle evaluation, if it is found to be dirty to the point where it may drip oil or grease into the canyon stream (home to an endangered species), you will be asked to wash your Jeep’s undercarriage at the local car wash before you can complete registration. We appreciate your support in this delicate matter, which helps us keep these very special trails open. Thank you!
Thank you very much for joining us at this very special Jeep Jamboree! Arch Canyon has long been a favorite of those who have attended it due to its great Jeeping, very special location, small, intimate nature and the fact that all meals after breakfast Friday are served outdoors in Cottonwood Camp (located just outside the mouth of Arch Canyon). Meals eaten outside always seem to taste better, right? Because we eat outside I strongly recommend you bring folding chairs and some kind of small table to use – they will make eating breakfast and dinner much easier.
A pop-up shade may also be useful, especially for lunch stops. Besides eating meals outdoors, you also get to interact with the crew to a much larger degree than normal, which is something we as a crew truly enjoy. And while we can’t promise anything, we are often graced with a visit by a group of Ute Mountain Ute drummers and singers (and occasionally dancers in full costume) who perform for us just before dinner Friday, adding an interpretation of the history of this beautiful and serene Ute land. (The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is our very generous host, allowing us overnight use of Cottonwood Camp.)
Participants pulling Jeeps on trailers may want to unload them at Cottonwood Camp. The road into camp is narrow with limited turn-around space; however, camp trailers and motor homes can make it into camp without trouble. There are no hookups available; it is primitive camping only. Porta-potty and hand washing stations will be available. Some participants may choose to stay at Cottonwood Camp. Please request a copy of the overnight land use permit at registration if you will camp around Cottonwood Camp, as you may be asked to show this to tribe officials.
Camp is approximately 30 minutes from Blanding. You have the option to either camp at Cottonwood Camp Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings or make motel reservations in Blanding.
The Arch Canyon Jeep Jamboree offers two trails. Participants will be divided into two groups. One group
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CAMPING / RV PARKING
Blue Mountain RV Park 2570
Kamp Park 2770
Cottonwood Camp (in Comb Wash) –
request a copy of the overnight land use permit at registration if you will camp around Cottonwood Camp, as you may be asked to show this to tribe officials.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
DIRECTIONS TO BLANDING and BAEC:
From Moab and points north:
South out of Moab on US-191 to the town of Blanding, which is approximately 74 miles south of Moab and 22 miles south of the town of Monticello.
Once in Blanding, turn right on W 200 S, travel 7 blocks and the BAEC will be on the right. There will be signs directing you to Vehicle Evaluation.
DIRECTIONS TO COTTONWOOD CAMP – Location of camping, most meals and starting point of trail rides.
Travel 3 miles south of Blanding on Hwy 191. Turn right (west) on Highway 95. It is approximately 18 miles to the Arch Canyon turn off. You will go through a very deep rock cut on Comb Ridge before you get to the turn off to the camp. You can’t miss the rock cut. Go through the rock cut and across the dry wash at the bottom of Comb Ridge. (On Friday morning, after breakfast and the drivers’ meeting, we will travel to the camp as a group). Turn right (north) immediately after crossing the wash. It is 2 miles to the Cottonwood Camp. It is not marked and is left (west) of the main road in a grove of large cottonwood trees on the banks of Arch Creek. If you cross the creek, you have gone too far. We will have our meal and camping area sectioned off with yellow tape.
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SIGHTS TO SEE
Natural Bridges National Monument Abajo Mountains
Hovenweep National Monument Canyonlands National Park
This is one of the most beautiful places in all of Utah’s Canyon Lands, home of the “Ancient Ones.” For thousands of years the Anasazi Indians flourished throughout the Four Corners area. It is estimated that over 250,000 Anasazi lived here in San Juan County alone. Remnants of their past can be seen in almost every canyon in southern Utah. Some of the largest concentrations of their past can be found here, on the high walls of Arch Canyon. Even today it is easy to understand why this culture consisting of hunter-gatherers chose this canyon in which to live. It is protected from harsh winters and searing summers. There is plentiful game, wild berries, roots and a year-round stream for water. Surely the scenic splendor of this place had something to do with their decision to settle here. Their fingerprints can still be seen in the mud used to seal the inside walls of their dwellings. The prints look fresh, like they were made yesterday. This is a place where time has stood still.
As you travel the Arch Canyon trails you will contemplate why a civilization numbering into the millions that prospered for thousands of years suddenly and mysteriously disappeared over 800 years ago. Was it war, drought, famine, or disease? No two authorities will agree on this issue.
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Rentals are located in Moab, Utah. Blanding is approximately 75 miles south of Moab.
Drew Kunter and Rich Johnson – Coordinators
Arch Canyon Trail Guides
George Wells & Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe
Tow points are MANDATORY! Tow points may include, tow hooks properly mounted to the frame with grade six / eight bolts according to official Mopar installation procedures, draw bars, receiver hitches, or aftermarket bumpers with manufacturers installed clevis or d-ring anchor.
- Participant Jeep tire size are not to exceed 37”. If you exceed 37 inches, you will be turned away at registration, will not be allowed to attend the Jamboree or receive a refund!
- If you do not have tow points, you may be turned away at registration without a refund.
- No snowplow frames.
- We recommend removing running boards and steps both factory and aftermarket if planning to participate in higher rated trails.
- All open-topped vehicles, including older models (CJs, Scramblers and Willy’s), must have mandatory roll bars.
- Tow strap recommended (with loops—NO METAL HOOKS).
- Full-size spare tire or comparable size mandatory! A space-saver spare (donut) just won’t do.
- Must be street legal with license plate.CB Radio Mandatory! Handheld CB’s are not recommended. There are many safety issues regarding upcoming obstacles transmitted over the CB radio by your trail guides. It is required that each vehicle has a working CB radio. You will also learn interesting facts about the area – history, local plant and wildlife, as well as exciting stories.
Please contact Shawn Gulling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-333-4002 if you have further questions.
WHAT TO BRING
- __ Basic tool kit recommended!
- __ First aid kit recommended!
- __ Tire gauge recommended!
- __ Ice chest full of your favorite non-alcoholic beverages
- __ Full tank of gas prior to General Attendance Meeting!
- __ Lots of fluids to stay hydrated
- __ Trail snacks
- __ Chair or blanket for lunch stop
- __ Flashlight
- __ Camera
- __ Binoculars
- __ Insect repellent
- __ Sun block
- __ Medications
- __ Toilet paper
- __ Zip-lock bags for tissue disposal
- __ Hand sanitizer
- __ Rain jacket and warm clothing.
TRAIL USAGE AND INFORMATION
Some Jamborees may have water crossings and water holes. Many of these crossings and holes offer a bypass, if you decide to “go around”. It is very important to watch and listen to your trail guide.. When driving in deep water, GO VERY SLOW! If your engine gets wet and stalls, DO NOT try to start it as you may cause serious engine damage. For additional tips on water crossings, please refer to your copy of “Mark A. Smith’s Guide to Safe, Common Sense Off-Road Driving”, which is available for download on our website.
A NOTE ON LAND USAGE
Many Jeep Jamboree USA events are held on private lands with the consent of landowners, or on public lands through special use permits. In some cases, Jamboree trail groups are granted access to trail areas, which are closed to all other vehicular access during the year. Please be aware that access to these trail areas is allowed only by guided JJUSA groups during the scheduled Jeep Jamboree trail rides. Individual Jamboree guests returning later to drive in these areas on their own do so in violation of JJUSA’s land use agreements and endanger future Jamboree usage of these restricted trails as well as being removed from the Jamboree without a refund. Thank you for your cooperation in assuring Jamboree access to some of America’s most spectacular backcountry.
Also, please note that while we trim back as much brush as possible, we are limited by Federal, Tribal and Private landowners to the amount acceptable by each entity.
PLEASE TREAD LIGHTLY!
Travel responsibly on designated roads and trails or in permitted areas.
Respect the rights of others including private property owners and all recreational trail users, campers and others to allow them to enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.
Educate yourself by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies, planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes, and knowing how to use and operate your equipment safely.
Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams, unless on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitat and sensitive soils from damage.
Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species, restoring degraded areas, and joining a local enthusiast organization.
TRAIL RATING SYSTEM
Every Jamboree trail is rated from 1 (easiest) to 10 (the most difficult). These ratings are based on the over trail, not just on one or two tough spots. Rain can increase ratings by one or two points. Please remember, all vehicles are subject to vehicle check prior to trail departure. Numerically higher rated Jamborees are more likely to result in vehicular damage.
1-2 Obstacles and terrain are relatively easy to
navigate. In optimum weather conditions, some trails may not require continual use of four-wheel drive (4WD).
3-5 Moderately demanding. Challenge for novice drivers. Obstacles may include: mud holes, boulders, and streams. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.
6-7 Demanding. Challenge for most skill levels. Mud holes get deeper, boulders get larger, and climbs get steeper. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.
8-9 Very demanding. Likelihood of getting stuck is high. Mud holes may be deep and rock climbing is more arduous. Lifts and lockers are helpful. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.
10 Extremely demanding. Reserved for the toughest off- road trip in the U.S.A. – the Rubicon Trail. Requires 4WD with 4-LO, front and rear lockers, skid plates, rock rails and an aftermarket rear differential cover. Rubicon Trail Jeep Jamboree is limited to YJ’s, TJ’s and JK models only.
Jeep Renegade, Patriot, Compass, Liberty, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, or Commanders are not allowed.
During registration participants will have the opportunity to discuss the trails, their driving experience and vehicle capabilities with the trail guides. Guides will work with participants for trail placement.
RAIN MAY INCREASE TRAIL RATINGS 1 OR 2 POINTS, ESPECIALLY WITH STREET TIRES.
FRIENDLY REMINDERS – Before and During Your Trip BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Waivers will be collected at the Jamboree during registration. Please read, sign and bring the completed waiver with you. All passengers in your Jeep vehicle must sign and date this waiver. A waiver for participants under the age of 18 years old must be signed and dated by a parent or the minor’s legal guardian.
REGISTRATIONS, ADDING, DELETING, OR CHANGING OF PASSENGERS
In order to give accurate counts to our caterer for the meals, pay for land use and permit fees, all new registrations of vehicles, adding, deleting or changing of passengers must be completed (2) two weeks prior to the Jamboree date. We will no longer be able to accommodate any onsite registrations. This is for both adding of Jeeps or passengers. Please note that registration prices are per person, not per Jeep vehicle.
Event T-Shirts are included in your registration fee. You must pre-order event T-Shirts at the time of your online or phone registration. Pre-ordered shirts will be given to you during onsite registration.
Join the discussion group for just one or multiple Jeep Jamborees on Facebook. This is a great way to start conversing with fellow participants and trail guides before you even get to the Jamboree. Ask questions, share information and photos before, during and after your great adventure. Click on discussion groups on the Jeep Jamboree USA homepage and join for FREE.
WHILE YOU ARE THERE
Name Badges and Wristbands
When you register on-site, you will be given one nametag and a wristband per participant. Please wear both of these while at the event. They are verification of registration. Those without a wristband will not be served meals or allowed on the trails.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHO CAN I BRING?
Whoever you want! As long as they each have a required seat belt in your Jeep 4×4. Bringing pets is strongly discouraged. If your pet must attend, you must submit a pet waiver during registration.
WHERE DO I SLEEP ON A JEEP JAMBOREE?
Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. Included in this event itinerary is a list of accommodations. Be sure to mention you’re attending a Jeep Jamboree when making your reservation.
WHAT DOES THE JAMBOREE FEE COVER?
Your fee covers all necessary permits, land-use fees, experienced guides for the entire trip, an event T-shirt and three meals on both Friday and Saturday (“Select” adventurers include evening meals only). NOTE: Meals vary. Regretfully, no accommodations can be made for special diets or dietary restrictions. Also included is an official Jeep Jamboree dash plaque and access to some of the finest trails in America – several of which are only available through this program. Each Jamboree also features a giveaway for chances to win great prizes from our sponsors. Sorry, no partial trips are offered or meal only options and no spectators allowed. All participants must be officially registered.
CAN I BRING MY JEEP LIBERTY, CHEROKEE, GRAND CHEROKEE, RENEGADE OR COMMANDER?
Of course! All new Jeep 4×4 vehicles with a 4-LO transfer case are Trail Rated® and are tested on demanding 4×4 trails. Your Jeep four-wheel-drive vehicle is required to be in good condition, with good tires, brakes, and seat belts. In addition, we require prior approval for larger Jeep 4x4s, such as Grand Wagoneers and J-Series Pickups. Jeep Jamboree USA reserves the right to refuse participation to any applicant whose vehicle exceeds size restrictions.
COULD MY VEHICLE BE DAMAGED ON A JAMBOREE?
Every effort is made by Jeep Jamboree USA to make the trails as safe as possible. Participants are advised to closely follow instructions given by trail guides, spotters, and Jeep Jamboree USA. However, there’s the possibility of damage to your vehicle when traveling rough terrain. Any damage is the owner’s responsibility. Jamborees with higher difficulty ratings are more likely to encounter terrain that may contribute to vehicular damage. Participants are required to sign a waiver form.
JEEP JAMBOREE USA POLICIES
Our trail guides are trained to put your safety first. If they ask you to refrain from any activity, to avoid specific trails or areas, which jeopardize you or your fellow participant’s safety or is not authorized for our use, please follow their directions. JJUSA does not authorize or promote any night runs. AS AGREED TO IN YOUR WAIVER, ALL PARTICIPANTS AGREE TO WEAR HIS OR HER RESPECTIVE SEAT AND SHOULDER BELTS. IF A TRAIL GUIDE ASKS YOU TO WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT AND YOU DO NOT COMPLY, VIOLATORS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE JEEP JAMBOREE, MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, AND THOSE INVOLVED WILL BE BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE JEEP JAMBOREES.
NO OCCUPANTS OF VEHICLE WILL POSSESS OR CONSUME ALCOHOL WHILE ON THE TRAILS. DOING SO MEANS IMMEDIATE EXPULSION.
MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, AND THOSE INVOLVED WILL BE BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE JEEP JAMBOREES.
We realize that unexpected events such as work conflicts, mechanical problems and illnesses may cause you to cancel your trip. However, we have many business partners that we pay deposits based on a preliminary participant count, therefore in order to limit the impact of cancellations the following penalties apply to your refund should you choose to cancel:
Days Prior to Trip Date
Reservation to 60 days
59 days to 30 days
29 days to 15 days
14 days to trip date Transfer fee to trip date
$125 Classic $75 Select 50%
NO REFUND $100
Transfers from one trip to another must be done in the same calendar year.
CHILDREN 5 & UNDER
Children 5 and under are not charged to participate with you in a Jamboree. Complimentary meals for children 5 and under will be provided.
ONSITE PURCHASES AT JAMBOREE
If you purchase JJUSA merchandise at the event, please be aware that we can accept payment by cash only; sorry no credit cards or checks!
Please note that all registrations must be paid in advance. We will no longer be able to accommodate new onsite registrations of vehicles, adding, deleting or changing of passengers.
NO PARTIAL DAYS OR MEALS ONLY REGISTRATIONS
Registrations are for the SAME person (driver or passengers) for BOTH days. Passengers may not be swapped; i.e. one person on one day; another person another day. We base our nametags, meals and waivers on the same person for both days. We do not permit partial (one-day only) registrations (no refunds are given for days not used), nor do we sell a “meals only” option for those who are not on the trail, but wish to join participants for meals.
Due to unforeseen circumstances all trips, events and trails are subject to change or cancellation without advance notice.