It’s time to think about your next riding vacation. Whether it be during spring break or when the kids get out of school or sometime in between, we can lead you to a great time. To help give you some ideas on where to go, we have listed 15 major ATV events taking place all across the country from now until the Fourth of July weekend; our June issue will have more events taking place from July through the fall months. If your schedule permits, you won’t be disappointed by attending one of this year’s ATV jamborees or festivals. If the timing is not right, you can still enjoy these great riding areas before or after the crowds. No matter what, please send us a postcard.
1. MARCH 11–14
The Utah riding season kicks off with the Tri-State Jamboree hosted by the Tri-State ATV Club. Here, three days of guided trail rides on 21 different trails in southern Utah, eastern Nevada and Northern Arizona (hence “Tri-State’) are the highlight of the 11th anniversary event. Your machine has to be trailed to the beginning of all rides. The rides range from beginner to advanced and visit sites near Zion National Park and through the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Most rides are done above 5000 feet, so jet and clutch accordingly. Some rides are for machines 50 inches wide and less. UTVs are welcome.
Meals included with registration include a full breakfast each morning, ice cream social, one Dutch-oven dinner, sack lunches and optional evening meals are available for a charge, as are additional breakfasts, ice cream social and Dutch-oven dinner tickets. Be sure to visit the ongoing ATV Expo at the park. Local campgrounds and motels fill up fast, but plenty of dry camping is available at the fairgrounds.
Cost: $110 per participant (driver or rider, regardless of age); 550-rider limit.
Directions: To get to Washington Regional Park (about six miles north of St. George, exit 16 off I-15, head east on State Route 9. Travel 2.5 miles southeast, and turn right at 5300 W (stoplight). Turn right again at next roadway.
2. MARCH 25–29
HIGH LIFTER ATV MUD NATIONALS
For over a decade High Lifter has been putting on the granddaddy of all ATV festivals known as the Mud Nationals. This five-day festival of all things mud is at Mud Creek Offroad Park and includes open trail riding, poker runs, show-and-shine contest and several vendor booths. Camping is available on site, or you can stay in a local motel in nearby Jacksonville.
Scheduled competitive events with cash prizes include the Mudda-Cross, mud bog, endurance challenge and obstacle course. Don’t miss the Outlaw BBQ Cook-Off. The festivities are capped off with nighttime concerts. Be ready to see some of the wildest machines on the planet and the crazy people who ride them.
Directions: From Dallas, take I-20 East to Tyler, Texas. Take HWY 69 South to Jacksonville. Take HWY 79 East to Mud Creek. From Shreveport, Louisiana, take I-20 West to HWY 79 South to Jacksonville.
3. APRIL 10–-12
LITTLE SAHARA SNAKE HUNT WEEKEND
The largest gathering of ATV fun at the Little Sahara Dunes, other than Sand Fest in the fall, is the Snake Hunt Weekend. Little Sahara and the town of Waynoka, Oklahoma, are catering to off-roaders now more than ever. Camping along the dunes has expanded, and riding between the sand and all the businesses is accepted. On the sand, expect to see drag racing and jump contests, as well as super-huge parts sales and entertainment at the local shops, like Little Sahara Powersports and Stewart’s ATV & Buggy.
Cost: $10 per day
Directions: In the northwest corner of Oklahoma, take HWY 281 five miles south of town. The main park entrance is at 101 South Main Street, Decater, Waynoka, OK 73860
Contact: (580) 824-1471
4. APRIL 16–18
WINDROCK PARK SPRING JAM
Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Windrock Park sits on 72,000 acres and has over 300 miles of trails available for riders of all skill levels. The jamboree kicks off with a Thursday-evening sunset ride for the early birds. The rest of the weekend activities include guided rides, an ATV rodeo, drag racing, kids’ adventure, shooting area, vendors, demo rides, bonfires and a cookout.
The Windrock Wide Open race (WWO) is back for 2015, which is an open-cross-style race for ATVs or UTVs. A favorite is the Windrock Challenge Obstacle Course, which is opened up prior to the competition just for people who want the challenge but without competing head to head.
Located within Windrock Park are fully furnished, two-story cabins that sleep nine people, rustic one-room cabins, RV sites with full hookups and primitive tent-camping sites. There are two bathhouses with hot showers and two covered pavilions.
Directions: From Nashville, take the Harriman/Rockwood exit and turn right on Highway 27/61. Follow HWY 61 to the first traffic light in Oliver Springs. Go 200 yards, turn left onto Windrock Road and travel .6 miles to Windrock Park Lane on the right or continue 2.4 miles to Trail Head.
Contact: 865-435-3492 or www.wind rockpark.com.
5. MAY 1–2
Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
TRAX Georgian Bay and the Parry Sound ATV Club will again be hosting Spring Jam. This a great ATV adventure vacation on the rugged Canadian Shield. Canada’s largest ATV jamboree is close enough for folks south of the boarder to attend too. The event is well beyond a traditional ATV rally in that it spans two days, offers access to trails not found on maps, a super ATV Village with manufacturer test rides, includes a great town ATV parade called Rumble Ride, as well as a five-star-catered dinner and prizes and poker runs to sweeten the pot. Parry Sound, on the coast of Georgian Bay, is located two hours north of Toronto in the heart of vacation land and is full of amenities such as resorts, restaurants, and shopping and service areas.
Directions: From Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania or Vermont, cross the border near Toronto or Ottawa and head north up the 400. Head west on Parry Sound Drive.
Contact: 705-746-9481 or www.face book.com/springjam.atv
6. MAY 14–16
NW RAPTOR RALLY
Winchester Bay OR
The growing Raptor Rally may very well be the largest gathering of like-minded and vehicle-specific riders in the county. We have been getting photos from participants for years and finally did a full feature of the event in a recent issue. The Raptor Rally has been put on by Raptor riders for Raptor riders since 2007. However, all machines are welcome. There is also a great poker run, show-and-shine, along with some group rides at the Winchester Bay Dunes. Camp spots fill up early, so plan ahead.
Directions: From HWY 1 in Reedsport, head west until you hit the sand.
7. May 13–16
RALLY ON THE ROCKS
The fifth annual UTV-only rally takes place in the heart of beautiful Moab, Utah, a four wheeler’s paradise. A long weekend of guided rides will help you explore the vast area, and since most trails are on solid rock, dust is not an issue. Each night a slide show of the day’s events takes place, along with dinner, an ice cream social, a bonfire and raffles. Other daily activities include a show-and-shine contest, extreme trail riding, free demo rides and much more. Moab is loaded with rental outfits, hotels and RV and camping areas, but get your reservations in early. The event headquarters is at the Old Spanish Trail Arena just minutes south of Moab, Utah, on Highway 191.
Cost: $110; kids 8 & under free
Directions: Moab is 115 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado ,and 235 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. Take Interstate 70 to HWY 191 South into Moab.
Contact: 801-589-0523 or www.rally ontherocks.com
8. MAY 21–25
MEMORIAL WEEKEND RIDE
For 30 years thousands of ATV riders come to Hurley for the annual Memorial ATV Rally. The ATV parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday in Hurley. On Saturday there’s the poker run, along with many other exciting events like a mud pit and activities including breakfast, lunch and dinner specials and buffets, cookouts, live entertainment and more. Along with the events, the county features over 200 miles of routes and trails available with scenic areas, including waterfalls, breathtaking views of Lake Superior, the Penokee Mountains and more.
Directions: From Madison or Wausau, take HWY 51 North toward Lake Superior. At HWY 77 turn left to get to Hurley.
Contact: 866-340-4334 or www.hurleywi.com
9. MAY 24–26
WHITE KNUCKLE EVENT
The first of two major events at Brimstone Recreation is the White Knuckle Event, tagged as the Woodstock of ATV and SxS events. The four-wheel festival is going on its seventh year, with attendance growing each year. The event starts on Friday, starting with guided trail rides throughout the day and Ritchie Brothers’ ultimate Dueling Drag Race under the Southern lights of the Half-Cabin Event Arena. You can take advantage of 300 miles of trails at the Brimstone Recreation Area to help fill out the days, while top country concerts take place at night. Other unique events include a geo-cache hunt called the Wild Mountain Rampage. Brimstone offers cabins, RV spots, and campgrounds to help extend your stay in the park.
Cost: $46 (one-day); $71 (all three days)
Directions: From Knoxville, follow I-75 North take TN-63 W exit 141 toward Huntsville. Travel 17.5 Miles. Brimstone Recreation Headquarters will be on your left.
Contact: (800) BRIMSTONE
10. JUNE 5–7
NOHVA SUMMER JAMBOREE
This jamboree will mark the 26th anniversary of NOHVA and is one of the largest ATV events in the Midwest. It is so popular, it has spawned other ATV events like it in the area. This is one of two jamboree put on each year by the Nebraska Off-Highway Vehicle Association. The summer jam will include a mud run and obstacle course, parade, and redneck games on Friday night, in addition to the drag races, barrel races, tree race, poker run and sled pull. Plus, you can explore 700 acres of surprisingly diverse Nebraska trails. Motels, cabins and full-service camping available in Fullerton (14 miles west) and Columbus, Nebraska (24 miles east). Showers available in Genoa at the city park pool. Food-trailer vendors will be on-site; cafes and restaurants open in Genoa and other nearby towns.
Cost: $40 singles, $70 family.
Directions: Two miles southwest of Genoa at the Headworks OHV Park on state HWY 22. Follow the signs from south of Genoa.
Contact: 308-381-2143 or www.atv jamboree.org
11. JUNE 12–14
QUADNA MUD NATIONALS NORTH
Hill City, Minnesota
Promoted by the same good ol’ boys who bring you the original Mud Nationals, this event just has a Northern flair added to it. This event takes place at the Quadna Mountain Ski Resort in Hill City, Minnesota. Here you will see dirty activities such as mud bogs, obstacles courses and power runs. The terrain is much different than the Southern event, so trail riding is more abundant. Lodging is nearby in town, or you can ride right from a rental apartment or condo complex. Contact (800) 422-6649 for those reservations.
Cost: $60; kids under 6 are free.
Directions: From Grand Rapids, take HWY 169 South just past Route 200 in Hill City and turn on Quadna Road. You won’t miss it.
Contact: 800-699-0947 or www.quad namudnationals.com
12. June 13–15
THRILLS IN THE HILLS
Burning Rock, West Virginia
Thrills in the Hills is an off-road festival celebrating all that is good in the woods: ridin’, racin’, muddin’ and fellowship. ATV games such as poker runs, mud bogs, hill-climbs and drag racing will be the highlights of the event. Other activities include a kids’ zone and zip-line adventures are sure to keep you coming back to the great West Virginia ride area. One night is capped off with an after-dark trail ride, and the other offers a fireworks show. Primitive camping is available.
Cost: $40; kids under 5 are free.
Directions: From I-64/77, take Exit 42 and follow signs for Sophia. Once in Sophia, turn right on West Main Street. Drive for 3 miles, and Burning Rock is on your left.
Contact: 304-683-9240 or www.burningrockwv.com
13. JUNE 16–20
EASTERN SIERRA JAMBOREE
California’s only jamboree for the past eight years includes four days of guided trail rides! ATV riders and UTV drivers alike will experience high-mountain deserts and forests home to beautiful pinion and Jeffery pines, aspen-lined meadows and streams, high-mountain lakes, a full breakfast each morning, Saturday-night dinner, and so much more. Some rides go from 5000 feet to almost 12,000 feet of elevation in about 30 minutes, with views, sights and sounds that you’ll never forget. New for 2015 are many new trails, including two overnight rides! Virginia City is one of the two new overnight rides. Enjoy great riding and the nightlife of the old west on this great ride!
Directions: Walker is just below the Nevada border on HWY 395. From there it’s a short drive down from Reno, Nevada, or a bit longer one traveling up from Los Angeles, but well worth it.
Contact: 530-208-6078 or www.east ernsierrajamboree.com
14. JUNE 23-27
We have had the pleasure of attending the National Jamboree, one of the longest-running ATV jamborees, and it is still going strong after a quarter century. The National Jamboree has six days of guided rides with over 20 routes to choose from, for beginner to advanced skill levels. Special trips include an all-female ride, night rides and an overnight campout for the first 25 riders who like a little adventure. Most rides are UTV-friendly too. Other activities such as a poker run, ATV drag races, mud bogs and ATV pulls, ATV triathlon, car show, and burnout contest. Fillmore is one of the gateway towns, with direct access to the famous Paiute Trail System.
Directions: Fillmore is located 150 miles south of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15.
Contact: 800-441-4ATV or www.mill ardcountytravel.com
15. JUNE 28
ATV RIDE UP MT. WASHINGTON MOTORWAY
Gorham, New Hampshire
One of the most visited natural sites in the Northeast besides Niagara Falls is Mount Washington. People take the picturesque ride and look out in all directions to see the beauty of this part of the country. Well, thanks to the New Hampshire ATV Club, one day a year you can ride your ATV up the roadway. The ride takes place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and speeds have to be kept under 25 mph.
This year’s ride will be in the memory of Gary Pomerleau, a local firefighter. The nearby towns welcome you to ride the trail system known as Ride the Wilds while you are in town.
Directions: The road is located on NH Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire—12 miles north of Jackson and 8 miles south of Gorham.
Contact: 603-883-8292 or www.nh atv.com