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Grand Junction acts as central hub for Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Bill Burke (left) doesn’t mind getting dirty; it’s part of the job. As an off-road instructor and enthusist, it’s pretty much required to get a little muddy to teach folk how to get out of those sticky situations.
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You just bought a brand new car with four-wheel drive capability. Do you know how to use it? What if you are testing out that new car and happen to get stuck? Do you know how to free yourself?

Bill Burke, a Grand Junction resident, built a business around helping people just like you — Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America.

For 29 years, Burke has traveled around the country and even the world teaching people what their cars can do, but also how to get out of sticky situations.

“My passion became my work,” Burke said, who is now a permitted outfitter guide through the Bureau Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

Some of his personal favorite off-road drives are found in Bangs Canyon and the Grand Mesa. His lessons often include tips on off-roading to maintain confidence in the backcountry. He also instructs folks working for regional oil fields.

A two-day course includes topics like driving skills, outdoor awareness, recovery, navigation, plus the various four-wheel systems and what they can handle.

Private lessons are available, too, along with guided five- to seven-day trips throughout Colorado and eastern Utah. A five-day trip costs $995 and covers support, guiding, and logistics. He additionally promotes self-sufficiency and suggests those attending the trips bring their own food and camping supplies.

Burke’s entrepreneurial adventures began almost three decades ago when he was out driving off-road trails. Upon finding a group of people in a predicament, he used his skills from training in the U.S. Army to get them out and teach them how to do it themselves. His friends pushed him to start a business to do just that. The rest is history.

Since then, he became involved in worldwide events, including rallies and competitions in Africa. He also loves to use a vehicle to reach remote places to ski, hike, and climb in Colorado and Utah. He moved to Mesa County in 1999 because of frequent travel to Colorado, Utah, and Arizona for his current business.

“It’s a great place to live,” Burke said. “It’s the closest to Utah we can get without living in it.”

For more information, visit http://www.bb4wa.com.


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