Every year, from March through October, Jeep hosts their official Jeep Jamboree events at some of the most beautiful trails all across the U.S.
They call it a Jeep owner’s off-road driving tradition:
Jeep Jamborees are fun, family-oriented, four-wheel-drive adventures for Jeep vehicle owners that bring together the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s. — Jeep
What Jeep Jamborees Are Like
They say, once you go on a Jeep Jamboree, you’ll never look at nature the same way.
It’s a great opportunity to be in a controlled environment where expert trail guides are available to show you exactly what your Jeep is capable of.
Experienced guides will help you navigate challenging off-highway situations with other like-minded enthusiasts on some of the best trails in the country. — Jeep
Jeep Jamborees are designed to match every skill level. You will find a good mix of first-timers as well as veterans attending Jeep Jamboree events, so don’t think you’ll feel out of place if you’ve never been to a Jeep Jamboree before.
Jeep Jamborees take place rain or shine, and don’t think that a little (or a lot!) of snow would postpone an event …We’re talking about Jeep vehicles here!
Included in your Jeep Jamboree registration fee (typically around $250 per person; prices vary by location) are: meals, all the necessary permits for off-roading, experienced guides, and more. It’s worth noting that several of the Jeep Jamboree trails are only accessible through this program.
No spectators are allowed. All participants must be officially registered and pay the registration fee. There are discounts for parties of 4 or more. Seat belts are required for each person in the Jeep.
Every Jamboree trail is rated from 1 (easiest) to 10 (most difficult). In general, the higher the trail rating, the greater your likelihood of encountering vehicular damage.
While they don’t recommend it, they do allow pets at Jeep Jamborees, as long as you agree to the terms of the pet waiver. As always, kids are allowed.
And to make it even more fun, there are prizes available to participants at each Jeep Jamboree event!
Check out the official Jeep Jamboree FAQ.
These off-road treks have a long tradition dating back to 1953 when 4×4 pioneer Mark A. Smith organized the first-ever Jeep Jamboree and voyaged across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. In 1954, Willys Motors — then manufacturer of Jeep vehicles — became involved with the adventure, and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since. — Jeep Jamboree USA
Jeep Jamborees Near Us
The 2 Jeep Jamborees that take place in our neck of the woods are:
- Tennessee Mountains – Oak Ridge, TN
- Land Between The Lakes – Marshall County, KY
…Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Here’s what it’s like off-roading at Land Between The Lakes.
I would encourage you to pick one of the Jeep Jamborees from the list above and make it a fun road trip this year.
After you pick a Jamboree, check out the official details for each Jeep Jamboree location.
You also need to complete the official registration form and waiver.
Each Jamboree is limited to a certain number of vehicles, so plan ahead and reserve your spot before they sell out. — Jeep
So pack your gear, your friends, and your kids into your Jeep and steer in the direction of the fun-filled Jeep Jamboree nearest you!
For More Information…
Be sure to check out the official Jeep Jamboree website for everything you could possibly want to know about Jeep Jamborees including the event nearest you, plus registration information, local hotels, camping options, trail ratings, and other travel resources specific to each individual Jeep Jamboree location.
Also, The Jamboree Experience is a .pdf that contains all of the nitty gritty details.
Since we’ve been married, my husband and I have owned 5 Jeeps (3 Wranglers and 2 Grand Cherokees). And when we’re not driving our own Jeep, we’re usually renting one (a 4×4 Wrangler on vacation). We keep a Jeep Bucket List of places that we’d like to go next, and we're always crossing more states off our list of 'Places That We’ve Jeeped in the USA'. As our daily driver, we keep the soft top on our Jeep Wrangler year round (and the back window permanently rolled up) so the dogs can enjoy the ride. Yep… even in the winter! I've been sharing my best Jeep ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998. When I’m not Jeeping or writing about Jeeps, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).