off roading


Happy Star Wars Day - May the Fourth Be With You!

For years, Star Wars enthusiasts have ventured to the BLM’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to visit the filming location of the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi.  The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest dune mass in California.  Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dunes create an out-of-this-world landscape ideal for Hollywood film backdrops and are known as an off-roading mecca.

Other movie titles filmed in the Imperial Sand Dunes include: Road to Zanzibar, Scorpion King, and Flight of the Phoenix.  The sand dunes also have made their appearance in multiple commercials and music videos. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Imperial Sand Dunes.

Story by M Puckett, BLM California


Jeep Does It Again:

Sticking with Jeep tradition, they’ve just announced 6 new concepts for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

Concepts are as follows in descending order, left to right; the Kaiser M715 inspired ’Crew Chief 715′, a lifted Wrangler with digi-camo wrap called the ’Trailstorm’, the shortened CJ5-inspired ‘Shortcut’, the Fiat soft roader ‘Renegade Commander, another Fiat soft roader called the ‘Comanche’, and last but not least the super-green ‘Trailcat’ that is basically a wider, stockier Wrangler with a 707-hp supercharged Hellcat V8, a chopped windshield, and Dodge Viper seats.

It’s pretty obvious which ones are the most exciting and which are the Fiat least exciting.

I wouldn’t hold your breathe waiting for these to come out in the near future. Jeep has yet to go into production with any concepts shown at these events. 

Boohoo. We want the Trailcat and Kaiser!