With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us and cold days ahead of us, there is a tendency to drop into the winter doldrums. Don’t do it! There is a great year ahead and now is the time to plan.
Finding new trails is always a challenge. Fortunately, Utah has more jamborees than any other state. Consider joining one or more of these events for the best opportunity to learn about places to ride in Utah.
These festivals feature guides who know the trails and are familiar with the history of the area. They also help you choose trails that fit your skill level. Information about jamborees can be found on the Internet at www.atvutah.com. The following is a list planned for 2013 in order of occurrence:
Tri-State ATV Jamboree in Hurricane — March 13-16
This four-day event includes three days of guided rides showcasing historic and scenic trails in Washington and Kane Counties. The $110 fee includes three hot breakfasts, an ice cream social, Dutch-oven dinner, T-shirt, and lots of prizes. The registration deadline is Feb. 20 and is limited to 550 machines.
The San Rafael Poker Run near Castle Dale — April 2013
The Buckhorn Rim Trail is the site but the date is not confirmed. Riders pay $10 for the ride and one poker hand. Additional hands are available for $5 each. The trail head is 26 miles east of Castle Dale. Call Annette at 435-609-1260 for details.
Rally on the Rocks in Moab — May 15-18
This fourth annual rally is for UTV drivers. Early registration is $70, which includes a dinner, four days of guided rides in slickrock country and a souvenir. It costs more at the door. While there are rides to fit every skill level, four new rides are being offered this year that are highly technical.
The National ATV Jamboree in Fillmore — June 24-29
The oldest jamboree in the nation is $135, which includes daily hot breakfasts, four dinners, maps and a jamboree T-shirt. Trails on the Paiute ATV Trail system are featured and discounts are available for groups of four or more.
Manti Mountain Run — Aug. 1-3
Showcasing the Arapeen Trail system, this event runs $25 per day with a free ride on Thursday. Included are two breakfasts, a dinner and a T-shirt. Discounts are available for four or more.
Paiute UTV Jamboree in Marysvale — Aug. 7-10
This fifth annual event focuses on side-by-side vehicles, and showcases the Paiute ATV Trail. While registration is required, there is no fee for attending and you can choose to buy meals and a T-shirt or not. Don’t have a UTV? ATVs are also welcome.
Friends of Millsite State Park Poker Run near Ferron — Aug. 10
Last year’s event was successful enough to have a second annual run. Riders pay $10 for the ride and one poker hand with the option of additional hands at $5 each. Camping is available in the park. Proceeds go to improving the park.
Bryce Canyon ATV Rally — Aug. 21-24
The $40 fee for this event includes two breakfasts, a dinner, a T-shirt, and three days of guided rides in Bryce Canyon Country. There is also a chance to win an ATV.
Arapeen ATV Jamboree in Ferron — Sept. 2-7
The $120 fee for this festival covers five days of guided rides in the rugged terrain of the San Rafael Swell and the high mountain trails of the Arapeen system. Also included are five continental breakfasts, two dinners, and a T-shirt.
San Juan ATV Safari in Blanding — Sept. 12-14
Fees are $100 per rider with discounts for couples and groups of four or more and include a T-shirt, a dinner, and three days of guided rides in the Blue Mountains.
Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree in Richfield — Sept. 16-20
Registration is $100 for this 21st annual event and includes five days of guided rides, two dinners, four breakfasts, a T-shirt, and a chance to win an ATV. Several new trails are offered this year along with favorite rides on the Paiute ATV Trail system.
Mark your calendar for these exciting events. When you go, take plenty of water — and keep the rubber side down.
You may contact Lynn Blamires at firstname.lastname@example.org.