Desert off road racing is one of the most grueling trials of men, women and machines.
Just ask anyone who was fortunate enough to even complete the Baja 1000 or the Baja 500 race with everything relatively intact.
Desert racing is very popular for those who wish to run everything from stock Jeeps to highly modified rigs maintaining sustained speeds in excess of 100 mph. There are many classes of vehicles (2-wheel and 4-wheel drive as well as motorcycles) in desert racing at a number of venues with the Baja 1000 and the Baja 500 being two of the most prestigious.
As a spectator sport all out desert racing is best viewed on live or replayed TV with a huge number of cameras at various points in the race, but mostly from helicopter images as the chopper's follow racers along the dusty course from above the contestants.
Amateur videos also make their way into the mainstream by way of internet sites presenting clips of various races throughout the world.
However, many average Jeep enthusiasts enjoy desert off road treks by taking their own vehicles to favorite desert locations simply to explore some of the most beautiful, yet treacherous terrain around.
Many have fortunately captured portions of their desert excursions on video for all to share.
I personally love off roading in the desert and exploring the backcountry only accessible by 4-wheel drive.
I have traveled parts of the Chihuahuan Desert in a variety of different 4x4 vehicles, but none compared to my Jeep in sheer ability to safely reach places which I might never have seen otherwise.
So...here are some great videos of Jeeps (and a few other vehicles) doing what they do best...in the desert.