Bear Lodge Resort Hosts Wyoming's First-Ever Jeep Jamboree Event

Off-road enthusiasts and Jeep lovers combined into one group over the weekend up at the Bear Lodge Resort in the Big Horn Mountains. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has the story.

Back in 1953, 4x4 pioneer Mark A. Smith organized the first-ever Jeep Jamboree, crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. In 1954, Willys Motors, which manufactured Jeep vehicles, got on board with the event, and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since. However, Wyoming has never played host to one – not, that is, until Rick and Roberta Young worked to bring a Jamboree to the Big Horns, basing the weekend out of their Bear Lodge Resort. Rick tells us what Jamboree organizers need.

Adding to the festivities were free public “Concerts in the Big Horns” Friday and Saturday nights, which the Youngs hope to expand on.

While there were just under 70 participants and 30 registered vehicles this time out, they hailed from all over – Alberta, Canada; Pennsylvania and Florida to name a few. Sandi Meis and her husband Ray traveled from Kansas.

Will Morgan is the go-to guy for Jeep Jamboree USA, and while he lives in Casper, he travels all over the country making sure that the events go well. And he adds that he'll see drivers, like Ray and Sandi Meis, at several rides.

Morgan said it took about a year to plan the Bear Lodge event; should Jeep bring the Jamboree back to the Big Horns? I'll let Sandi Meis answer that.

To learn more about other Jeep Jamboree events going on around the country, go to

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