Behind the Scenes of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Automotive Press 4XFall

For the first time, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) has staged an event bringing together some of the newest vehicles, the country’s most spectacular off-road driving and the world’s largest automakers.

This first time annual event is called the 4XFall.

Off road vehicles, hardcore 4X4s, crossovers and pickup trucks were first brought to the ghost town of Caribou, CO. Several off road trails of various levels of complexity wander through the Rockies. Breathtaking views of Colorado’s fall foliage abound while journalists sample vehicles. Mud, rocks, rives, ponds, old mines, trees and Rocky Mountain wildlife (like moose and deer) help make the 2012 4XFall event’s first half an extraordinary adventure.

After an entertaining lunch in Nederland, CO, the 2012 4XFall continued with a brief journey to the Switzerland Trail.

The Switzerland Trail is a scenic narrow-gauge rail bed winding through Aspen groves and past abandoned mining towns. The trail is listed on the National Register of Register of Historic Places.

During the 4XFall, every journalist had an opportunity to try different vehicles on a variety of different terrains. Regular driving, such as commuting and highway drives were part of the 4XFall too. RMAP planned to use every type of driving available. In fact, more than simply having an adventure blazing trails, journalists were able to take vehicles, that are rarely associated with going off the highway, through some exciting trails. The mud flowed like champagne at New Years and all-wheel drive vehicles got a proper shakedown Rocky Mountain style.

Vehicles at the 2012 4XFall were supplied by Dodge, GMC, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, KIA, Nissan and Ram. The Fast Lane Car was present and took the opportunity to have not one but four contributors on hand. The 2012 RMAP 4XFall was a resounding success and the folks at RMAP are already thinking of 2013.

This is a behind the scenes look at  the 2012 4XFall as journalists in and around the Rocky Mountain reg ion enjoyed this inaugural event.