Officials in Moab and Juab County reported a safe Easter weekend at recreational areas where off-road enthusiasts converged to enjoy Utah's outdoors.
Organizers called this week's 22nd Moab Easter Jeep Safari a success and lauded 700 four-wheel-drive users for observing efforts to curb drunken driving at the event."There were thousands of us, and we all had a great time down here," said Dan Mick, president of the Redrock Four-Wheelers Club in Moab.
Nearly 700 drivers officially registered for the annual event, which featured trail rides, cookouts and the annual Easter Sunday Hill Climb, won by Salt Lake resident Brian Schafer, Mick said.
"I saw license plates from Alaska to Florida and from Massachusetts all the way to California," Mick said, adding that four-wheelers from as far a way as Sweden and Australia showed up for the event.
Grand County sheriff's officials reported no serious accidents and nary a drunken-driving incident, which Mick attributed to his club's efforts to get the word out urging drivers to stay away from too much alcohol.
The group ran a story entitled "This Year, Let's Cool the Beer" on the front page of a newspaper distributed to participants throughout the event, which began March 28 and ended Sunday.
"It (the article) really did work, and we'd like to thank everybody who cooperated," Mick said.
At the Little Sahara Sand Dunes, a Bureau of Land Management area in western Juab County, Sheriff Dave Carter was prepared for the arrival of 40,000 visitors over the weekend.
A sheriff's spokesman did not have exact figures Sunday showing how many people visited the dunes, but most observers agreed that fewer than expected turned out.
However, the spokesman did report there were no serious accidents or injuries over the holiday weekend.
"Oh, we had a few, but none very serious," he said.