I have equal parts of understanding and lack of understanding when it comes to rock rash on a Jeep. I respect everyone concerns when it comes to rock rash and trail damage. This is also why I brought it up. I want everyone to be prepared and not bummed if/when it happens.
To that point... this can happen anywhere. In my part of Ohio there are not many rocks. Trails are largely dirt/mud. Still, this is where I have separated more tire beads from the wheel and wheel damage is still common when pebbles or sticks in the muddy rut drag along the tire or slider. It is also a muddy and other wise rock free trail where I slid sideways on the slime into a tree. At least in the rocks traction is plentiful and the lines are more predictable.
I guess what I'm saying is it's hard to do any offroading without taking on some damage. In a weird sort of way, I like it and have a "Tow Mater" view (hopefully you catch the reference). I find value in some of the dents and scratches as they represent all the fun and explorations we have had. A true tell all to how a Jeep is used is in the wheels. If they are pristine, the Jeep doesn't see trail time. Granted our JKU sees a very different type of offroading and use, but I like that the picture below is of our good wheel
That Jeep has taken us across the country and back twice. We have wheeled in the west on the Rubicon and Fordyce, been to Texas to wheel with Mel Wade and a bunch of sponsored rigs for Jeep Experience, to the north for a Jeep Jamboree on Drummond Island, and we are regularly in KY, TN, IN, PA, and VA....
Now, I'm not knocking anyone... Use you e Jeep how you wish. But if I can offer a suggestion to a fellow Jeeper, embrace a bit of trail "beauty marks". When you can let go a bit, you may find a whole new level of love for your Jeep and where it will take you and your family.
As for this trip... I don't WANT any damage and will be looking to avois as much as we can (we always do). But there is always risk. I would guess that there is less than a 50% chance of wheel damage (damage being a deep scratch). But these are not great odds so I wanted to mention it. My goal was certainly not to scare anyone off and I fear I have done this.