The Cameo South is an area 25 miles south of Moab is an area never before visited by Jeep Safari. Jack Bickers, a club member in the beginning years, contributed many things to the EJS, mostly related to our trails and their names. Jax Trax is a tribute to Jack, made up of old mineral exploration roads he rediscovered in the 1990s. The trip has been carefully chosen to provide some four wheeling challenges while maximizing the views of the abundant scenery in this area. Those looking for extreme challenges will be disappointed, but novices are advised they may want to choose a different trip also. Approximate mileages: 80 overall, 16 off pavement.
Bordered on the north by Wilson Arch, the south by Steen Road, on the east by Lisbon Valley, and on the west by US191, there is abundant scenery on this trip. Cameo Mesa, Agate Point, Mikie's Knob, and Casa Colorado Rock are some notable features, while the LaSal Mountains tower over the area, and the Abajo Mountains are very visible in the distance.
There are some sandy wash bottoms, some two track dirt sections, a lot of climbs and descents on slickrock, and a shelfy hill or two.
The rating number gives the hint there won't be many obstacles worthy of names, but Jack did leave us with the "Top Notch" and "El Diablo" monikers. The latter, while not technically difficult for most vehicles, can be intimidating to the driver. Don't worry, there is an easier bypass. Many obstacles consist of small ledges as different rock layers are crossed, some sandy sections through sagebrush can be soft, and there are a few rubble strewn hills.