The Jeep CJ66 is a uniquely cool Franken-Jeep that blends three different Jeep models into one.

The Jeep CJ66 is a uniquely cool Franken-Jeep that blends three different Jeep models into one.

When a CJ, TJ and JK meet, good things can happen. The Jeep CJ66 Wrangler concept that the Mopar team built for the 2016 SEMA Show is a perfect example of when Frankenstein part swapping works out well. The vehicle features a Wrangler TJ frame but then uses a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body atop of it, and to cap it off, plenty of modern Wrangler JK parts are added to the Jeep as well to create this one-of-a-kind off-road monster.

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If we had to pick a Chevy truck or SUV to take on the trails, the Chevy Trax wouldn’t be our first choice. That’s probably why Chevrolet looked to toughen up the compact crossover with the new Trax Active Concept, a truck it unveiled last night at a special reception prior to the start of the 2016 SEMA Show.

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The Tacoma TRD Pro race truck will make its debut at the Mint 400 next year.

When we recently drove the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro for the first time, we highlighted the fact that the Pro model took the new TRD Off-Road package to the next level with a suspension lift, upgraded Fox shocks, and a handful of other key upgrades. Toyota just unveiled a new race truck version of the Tacoma TRD Pro here at SEMA today, and this new truck is pushing its off-road performance to yet another level – the race-ready performance level.

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Ford announced this morning its plans to return to the SCORE Baja 1000. This year, Ford will take on the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in the new 2017 F-150 Raptor in stock full class competition in mid-November. The Raptor race truck will also be on display this week at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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At the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari there are people from around the world converging on a town of 30,000 people. Traveling from afar has never been a shy point for Jeep enthusiasts, and to commemorate the 50th EJS in Moab, Utah, a group of friends organized The Epic Willys Adventure. The rules: no interstates, no GPS, no cell phones on the 2000-mile pilgrimage from Eau Claire, WI, to Moab, UT.

Jeep unveiled its 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk in Moab, Utah, today at the Easter Jeep Safari.

Jeep unveiled its 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk in Moab, Utah, today at the Easter Jeep Safari.

Although Jeep made waves with the announcement of two new trim packages for the 2017 Grand Cherokee at the New York Auto Show today, only one of those two models was sitting under a tarp in Moab, Utah, for the 50th Easter Jeep Safari.

Northridge 4x4's Eric Johnson negotiates a section of Strike Ravine during the company's sponsored trail ride at the 50th Anniversary Easter Jeep Safari. The event hosted about 25 rigs.

Northridge 4×4’s Eric Johnson negotiates a section of Strike Ravine during the company’s sponsored trail ride at the 50th Anniversary Easter Jeep Safari. The event hosted about 25 rigs.

Moab veterans know that most days out in the area’s scenic southeastern Utah backcountry all go the same way: Family and friends have a great time, hopefully with no breakage or accidents, and they head back into town to enjoy an evening of food and drink while sharing interesting and often humorous tales of their adventures. Meanwhile, the odometer on their 4×4 will tell quite another story: 10.8 miles, or 35.7 miles, or, or… If the rig could talk, it would probably blurt out something like, “Really, dude? That’s all the farther we drove today?”

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Easter Jeep Safari is in full swing, and today Area BFE was hopping with Jeeps, Toyotas, buggies and Ultra4 cars tackling the hard stuff and the moderate trails that Area BFE has to offer. If you have never been to Area BFE, it’s a private property park with a playground and plethora of trails from easy to extreme.

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There’s a great story with every vehicle Jeep and Mopar brought out to the 50th Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Some of the vehicles explore the fantasy of possibility, but the Trailstorm Concept is firmly grounded in reality. In fact, what makes this rig cool is the fact that nearly all of its upgrades are Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) available in the Mopar catalog right now.

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Come to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari, and this is the type of scenic beauty you can expect to witness. This is Plateau Dome trail, which rises 1500 feet above the Colorado River.

Not having been to Moab, Utah, for over eight years, I was intrigued when Off-Road.com editor Josh Burns offered me the opportunity to tag along for the 50th Anniversary Easter Jeep Safari and maybe enjoy some of the scenic and serpentine trails for which southeastern Utah is widely regarded as heaven to four-wheeling enthusiasts.