If you’re going to break a fatigued part of your Jeep, this is where it will happen. We have swapped out a few u-joints and axles more than once at this point, mostly on older rigs. The guides are so quick with this sort of repair you think you are watching a professional pit crew. Fortunately, the ground is level and there are some spectacular views of the ranch from this shelf. If you’re feeling a little timid about this climb, there are always drivers or guides to lend a tow strap or winch line for added security.
From there we began our descent. A steep drop-off from a rock ledge that ranged from an easy 20” to a dramatic 45” depending on your line was followed by 300 yards of a maze of boulders, and intricate steps that tested our nerves as well as the low gear of the t-case and brakes. By mid-day, the spectacle of watching the group descend was a great place to snack and take tons of digital photos for non-drivers. Some of the most dramatic photos we collected from the ranch over the past three years are of drivers exiting Moab. Slider protection comes in handy as you may rub up against a few boulders. So much so, I think we should rename the exit of Moab “THE SOUVENIR SHOP. “
I turned to Richard at the bottom of Moab and asked, “I trust this gives you some idea of what the Inks Ranch has to offer?” Richard responded, “Man, what a great place to wheel. I think I’ve already taken over 70 photos!”
We had the day to run two or three other trails. As we chatted about the history of the ranch and the Texas Spur Jeep Jamboree, we also discussed the event and compared our thoughts collectively.
Over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to visit with hundreds of Texas Spur Jeep Jamboree attendees, and I have yet to meet someone that did not think this trip was worth every penny! So visit the JJUSA website and plan your own off-highway memories “Texas Spur Jeep Jamboree USA” style.
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