Back when I bought my first Jeep (an '88 XJ) and began getting into the hobby, I spent a lot of time playing in mud. The endless cleaning and maintenance after each trip got old in a hurry. Rocks, on the other hand, seemed to be easier on my Jeep's mechanicals, if not on the bodywork. As time went on, I spent less and less time in the mud and more and more time on the rocks.
By the time I transitioned into my first Wrangler (a factory-ordered '01 TJ), I had turned my back on mud for good. I'm on my 5th TJ now, and I've never looked back.
My fleet: 91 Miata, 98 Wrangler Sport
, 01 Suburban 8.1L, 14 Impreza, 80 Grand Prix LJ
Jeep mods: 4" longarm + 1" BL, 35" KM2s, 4.56s with dual ARBs... and lots of scratched armor