Mile-Hi Jeep Club is a non-profit organization, 501c(7), that combines the love of off-road with the drive to keep the sport alive.
They strive to educate their members on the necessity of proper trail use, the importance of protecting and preserving the beauty of the trails they use and assist in search & rescue and other humanitarian missions around the state on a voluntary basis.
For the last 52 years, Mile-Hi Jeep Club has hosted the All-4-Fun event. Bringing together hundreds of like minded off-road enthusiasts to enjoy a week of wheeling and other vendor sponsored events, including safety and recovery demos. The location varies from year to year, offering a chance to hit trails all over Colorado.
As expected by their name, it is a predominately Jeep event. For the second year, JC’s once again infiltrated the Jeep community. Originally planned for Silverton this year, JC’s had only planned to sponsor the kids’ games, an event held during the Vendor Show to introduce kids to the wheeling world. Unfortunately, due to the fires raging in the Silverton/Ouray area earlier this summer; All-4-Fun was moved to Empire, to guarantee the event could be held without the fires effecting the event or interfering with the local rescue efforts underway. Lucky break for us, as we were now able to attend a portion of the event.
Two of our current employees are members of Mile-Hi Jeep Club. Jordan has recently signed on as our new Sales & Outfitting representative, has been a member of the club for a few years now; and Arlee has just recently joined the club (proudly representing the Land Rover world with her Discovery II).
The two of them headed up Friday night prior to the festivities starting to help with setup and logistics.
After a few trail days, Wednesday brought the Vendor Show and Kids’ Games. The Vendor Show is open to the public and allows guests to meet both local and national vendors. Names like Warn, JKS, and Nemesis were there, as well as local vendors such as Talon Wineries and S-Tech Systems. (We love all our vendors, but our favorite of the week was Free Wheel Coffee, they came out every morning and every evening to provide coffee for the masses… they also brought their Disco II which may have made us a little biased)
Each year the Kids’ Games have a different theme, this year they were given cardboard “Jeeps” (as the major sponsor of the Kids’ Games, we thought they looked more like Rovers, but we didn’t want to upset anyone) to paint and decorate with garland and other add-ons. A lot of kids wandered through the Vendor Show to find stickers to put on their Jeeps. The kids then got to participate in a “Best in Show” car show with real trophies provided to the top 3. They also got to participate in a Jeep Parade during the closing ceremonies Friday night.
(Even the big kids got to participate)
This is the second year JC’s has sponsored the Kids’ Games, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event. All-4-Fun 2019 will be held in Buena Vista, CO. Registration opens January 1st, 2019 and then event itself is the last week of July. This is an all vehicle event and we are striving to increase the Land Rover attendance.
In addition to Land Use, a portion of the funds raised also go support Children’s Hospital Burn Camp, this year’s event raised almost $23,000 towards the burn camp.
Mile-Hi Jeep Club also hosts Christmas Caravan for Kids, held December 1st at Lincoln College of Technology. This event helps the Toys for Tots program, look for more information from JC’s later this fall.