AMERICA’S BEST RIDES ATV FESTIVAL GUIDE
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Where to have the most fun this summer
ATV Festivals have become one of the centerpieces of fun in the American outdoor experience. So much so that there is a long list of events held throughout the country where you can take your steed and engage in activities with fellow off-road enthusiasts. The following is a list of what we feel are some of the best rides in the country in the coming months. Check them out. They represent what ATVing is all about, having a good time exploring the real world, not a simulation. See you there.
ATV COUNTRY STAMPEDE
Over 150,000 people are expected to attend the first-ever ATV Stampede this coming June 22-25th at the Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas. You’re invited to attend this music/ATV festival in America’s heartland and join Fishers ATV World, American Suzuki, and Warn Industries to celebrate off-road riding and country music.
Fisher’s ATV World will be on hand filming the event for their television show, and this should be one of the largest Country Music/ATV events ever held. Expect to see top acts such as Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Joe Nichols, Terri Clark, Chris Cagle and many others! Website: www.country-stampede.com
Dirt Wheels and Fishers ATV World will both be on hand to cover the event and there are a lot of great events planned for the fans and celebrity entertainers. Some of the ATV events include a Timed Obstacle Course (two times each day—fan versus entertainer participation—mud included). We can hardly wait.
QuadFest is an annual event that attracts ATV enthusiasts from all over the East Coast to the Pennsylvania countryside. It will be held July 21-23, in Somerset, Pennsylvania, just five miles outside of Shanksville. This event is poised to become the biggest event in Pennsylvania since the legendary Cochranton Poker runs a few years back. Another positive thing about this event is that it will assist in supporting more than five non-profit organizations.
Advanced tickets are only $30 per rider and include a free T-shirt (must be purchased before July 1, 2006). Spectators can buy tickets in advance for $10 (again, before July 1). Any ticket purchased before May 1 will be put into a drawing for a set of 589 Titan tires. Weekend events include: Bombardier demo rides, vendor show, ATV drag races, ATV mud bog, ATV motocross time trials, full slate of children’s events, over 60 miles of one-way trail riding, free camping, over $10,000 in prize giveaways.
For more info contact: www.quad-fest.comor (212) 990-6813
WINROCK SPRING ATV JAMBOREE
The Windrock ATV Club will be holding its annual Spring Jamboree April 19-23 at the Coal Creek OHV Area located in Oliver Springs,Tennessee. The event will include a vendors row, guided rides, a poker run, mud bog, drag races, rock crawl and sled pull.
Everyone is invited to come enjoy springtime in the mountains of EastTennessee and some of the best trailriding in the country. Pre-registration entry fee for the event is $30, entry fee the day of the event is $40. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
For more information on the Jamboree and details on the events, visit www.windrockatv.com, or contact the information line at (865) 435-0486
HATFIELD McCOY TRAIL FEST
“A Fall Foliage Celebration in the Heart of the Appalachian Mountains and a Great Family Event,” the Hatfield-McCoy Fall Color celebration is not to be missed. It is held in the fall on October 6-10 and showcases the beautiful fall colors of the surrounding mountains and forests. The event fees are: Participant fee $93.40 adult; children 12 and under $66.04, includes one Hatfield-McCoy EventTrail Permit and one free T-Shirt per participant. Non-rider fee: $47.17 for each adult or child family member who does not participate in any riding events. Registered riders will have access to all five separate trail systems encompassing over 500 miles of trails. Each of the four systems has a trailhead facility with parking and bathroom facilities.
The Browning Fork Trail System is the closest to Headquarters Village and will be the primary trail for this event. From HQ Village, you will have direct trail access to the Browning Fork trail. The access is located in the town of Gilbert, which has adopted rules and regulations enabling trail riders to ride within the town limits.
Much of the natural terrain in southern West Virginia is mountain-ous and rocky but varied enough to give beginners to experts a great place to ride! Trail maps will be available with your registration package issued when you arrive and check in.You may also look at the trail maps by accessing www.trailsheaven.com. Daily trail rides will be available on all trails open in the Hatfield-McCoyTrail System. Access to each of the five different trailhead facilities are shown on the website. Contact them at (800) 592-2217 or www.trailsheaven.com
This event will be held Aug. 12-14 at the DDay Complex near Wyandotte, Oklahoma, which is located just outside Seneca, Missouri. It is being billed as three days of fun and competition. Here is the preschedule. More info as it arrives. In April, 325 ATVs showed up for the first annual event. It will have a kids’ trail and two adult trails. The intermediate trail is 3.1 miles long, the advanced trail is 5.2 miles long and kids’ trail is three miles long. Come join the fun. For more info contact www.dday4x4.com.
PENNSYLVANIA ATV RIDE
Sponsored by the Paatving and Tri-County Pennsylvania ATV clubs, the Pennsylvania ATV ride is scheduled for July 15-17. It will be held at the Tricountry Fairgrounds, near Heilwood, Pennsylvania. Cost: $15/one day (Saturday only or Sunday only) $25/weekend pass (Saturday and Sunday). Camping is free, Quad pulls, drags and mud bog may require a small entrance fee. Parking will cost one can or more donated to the local food bank! The trail ride will be 30-plus miles, with a poker run but with other trails not normally included on these runs. The trail will be permanently marked and mapped out. For this ride, it will be one way and will have ‘trail drifters’ running the course to make sure everyone is having a good time.There will be sections marked hard and/or easy for those beginner to expert riders. This will be a ride for all skill levels. The promoters say that even the rocky parts will not jar your teeth, as they will be working on that section to make it more family friendly. Scheduled events include mud bogs, drag races, quad pulls, vendor show, camping, food, raffle for prizes and more.
DIRT DAYS ON THE HATFIELD-McCOY TRAIL
This five-day event held in LoganCounty, West Virginia, uses the 500 miles of trails on the Hatfield-McCoyTrail System. The Bear Wallow Trails and privately owned ATV Race Park is the organization point for this week of family fun and extreme sports. Compete in the hill climb, rodeo and mud bog and try your hand in the poker run. Compete or watch the drag races on a 300-foot ATV dragstrip. Last year they gave away a new Suzuki ATV to one of the 800 participants and plan on doing it again this year. Several meals are included with the $90 registration fee. Contact Matt Ballard at (800) 592-2217 or www.trailsheaven.com.
IRON COUNTY MEMORIAL WEEKEND ATV RALLY
This annual event is celebrating its 20th year and expects a turnout of over 500 participants. There are two separate poker run courses set up that will route you to 26 different stops throughout the entire county. Entry fee at the door is only $10 for each run. This is the largest ATV trail system in the state of Wisconsin with over 200 miles of scenic trails that are open year round. Contact the Chamber of Commerce in Hurley,Wisconsin at (715) 561-4334 or check the web sites at www.hurleywi.com or www.mercercc.com
NATIONAL ATV JAMBOREE
The POD in Fillmore, Utah, is basecamp for your choice of 28 different rides that take you to places like the West Desert, where you can visit Lava Tubes or the Clear Lake Bird Refuge. Ride east into the Pahvant Mountains on the Paiute ATV Trail or south to the Tusher Mountains. Visit Fort Cove and Kimberly Ghost Town. This is the oldest ATV Jamboree in the country, celebrating its 19th year.They allow ATV riding on designated city streets and host many extra events like car, craft and gun shows. They even raffle off a new Polaris. Cost is $100 with group discounts. Call (800) 441-4ATV or visit www.mooracing.com
HIGH MOUNTAIN ATV JAMBOREE
Ride your ATV through the historic silver mining town of Wallace, Idaho, to access the steep Bitterroot Mountains. Choose from three to four different rides each day including the Madman Marathon and overnight ride. They plan to use more trails to the north and west this year for returning participants. A two-day rodeo features mud bog and sled pull on Friday, then barrel race and drag race on Saturday. The awards banquet has some of the best BBQ we have ever tasted. Cost is $85, with a discount for a family of four to $70 each. Contact (208) 512-2269 or www.highmountainatv.org
OREGON DUNE FEST
Travel to the Pacific Ocean at Winchester Bay, Oregon, to watch or compete in the action-packed sand drag races and sand hill climb, managed by the Oregon State Park System and the American Sand Drag Association. Sample the food and see the latest vehicles and products from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Exhibition and ATV Vendor Booths. Ride the tallest and most scenic coastal dunes in the country. Travel north or south to ride other areas of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area that allows you to ride on ocean beaches and many more miles of open dunes and trails. Obtain more information at (541) 271-3495 or at www.dunefest.com
NATIONAL ATV AND DIRT BIKERALLY WEEK
August 31st-September 4
This event is held in Wyoming County, West Virginia, on the newest trail system of the Hatfield-McCoy, called Castle Rock. Explore the latest addition to this 500-mile system. Compete in the poker run and mud bog. Enjoy the live music around a bonfire at night. All ofthe trails of the Hatfield-McCoy areopen to participants and meals areincluded in the $90 registrationfee. For more information contactthem at (800) 592-2217 orwww.trailsheaven.com
ARAPEEN ATV JAMBOREE
Ferron, Utah, will welcome you with dinner, music and cowboy poetry. Then you will enjoy five days of guided trail rides into the red rock canyons of the San Rafael Swell and the high wooded trails in the Manti-LaSal National Forest. Enjoy the ATV Rodeo before ending your week at the awards banquet where some lucky winner will ride away on a new Arctic Cat ATV. There is a lot of unique scenery at this event. We have seen bighorn sheep, wild horses and wild burrows in the Swell. Registration fee is $120. Contact Mark H. Williams at (435) 381-2493 or visit www.arapeenatv-jam.org
ARIZONA ATV OUTLAWTRAIL JAMBOREE
People in Springerville and Eagar, Arizona, have rallied to keep OHV trails open in the Round Valley and White Mountains of eastern Arizona. You can help them in their efforts by attending this festival that has a truly Western theme. From trails ridden by the outlaws and lawmen of Tombstone to the retirement ranch of actor John Wayne, you will surely relive the old West here. Watch a Wild West shootout and experience a holdup by outlaws on the trail. Collect all of the jamboree trading cards. Choose from 19 guided trail rides over three days of riding, then attend the Cowboy Steak Fry and country-dance on Friday night. On Saturday, participate in the parade, visit the ATV Expo and watch the closing fireworks show. Win awards every night including a raffle for a new ATV. They promise you will have an incredible time. Cost is $125. Contact Debbie Rogers at (866) 409-9378 or www.azatvoutlawtrail.com
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV JAMBOREE
The Paiute ATV Trail and the Great Western Trail are the main attractions of this Richfield, Utah, event that touts itself as America’s best ATV Jamboree. It is so difficult to choose from the 64 different rides that are offered here on a trail sys-tem that covers about 2000 miles! We can attest that all of them we rode are beautiful and interesting.The Pahvant Range of red rocks is stunning. The Marysvale area is a favorite, with mining history and wildlife. Trailer your machine to one of the outlying areas for more fabulous rides. Compete in the rodeo, attend the Expo, join in the dinners and ride in the poker run. If you are lucky, you could win the new Kawasaki Prairie they are giving away. Ride your ATV in the parade and on designated city streets. The local swimming pool is open to par-ticipants. It’s well worth the $125 registration fee. Call (877) 473-8368 or visit www.atvjam.com
SAN JUAN SAFARI
Folks in San Juan County are close to completing a 400-mile loop that will access all of the major trails surrounding Monticello and Blanding, Utah. They offer 18 different trail rides that access the La Sal Mountains and the red rock country outside Canyonlands National Park for this three-day event. Ride to rock arches, panoramic overlooks, and see ancient Native American ruins.This is one of our favorite areas to ride because the views here are absolutely breathtaking. Scenes from “Thelma and Louise,” “City Slickers” and many John Wayne movies were filmed in this area. The festival ends with dinner and entertainment. Contact Douglas Harkeyat (435) 587-ATV5 or visit www.sanjuansafari.com
MOUNTAIN STATE ATV AND DIRT BIKE JAMBOREE
April 28-May 1
This family oriented event held in Boone County, West Virginia, uses the Little Coal River Trail System of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail. All of the Hatfield-McCoy system is open to participants at no additional fee. Cost is $90 for adults and $60 for kids 12 and under. It is packed full ofactivities for the kids. They have back-to-back poker runs for serious prizes. See the exhibitors and vendors, and then win prizes at the giveaways. T-shirt, breakfasts and dinners are included. Entertainment at night includes a Casino Night using Hatfield-McCoy Mad Money. The off-road park holds hill climb events. Contact Matt Ballard at (800) 592-2217 orwww.trailsheaven.com
Perry Sound, Ontario, boasts Canada’s largest ATV Jamboree. This two-day event offers three guided adventure tours and a rendezvous night ride filled with yummy surprises. The manufacturers’ ATV exhibits and clinics conclude with dinner and entertainment. Cost to attend is $75. Call (705) 342-7582 or visit www.springjam.ca or www.psatv.com. ATVs were allowed to ride on municipal roads. Events included a mud bog, tug-of-war, obstacle course, breakfasts, dinners and a live band. To verify call the Parry Sound ATV District Club at (705) 774-9778 or visit the web sites at www.psatv.com or www.falljam.ca
VANDERHOOF ATV JAMBOREE
April 29-MAY 1
Come to Vanderhoof, British Columbia, to compete for prizes in one of three classes: Stock, Modified or Monster Quad class. Compete in the show ‘n’ shine, obstacle course, mud bog drags, ATV sled pull, cross-country endurance race or just come ride the trails. Held at the Vanderhoof Snowmobile Grounds, there will be on-site concessions and dealer demos. The cost per event is $30, but spectators only pay $4. Contact Barry Blattner at (250) 567-5567 or visit www.vanjam.quads.ca
All of these ATV Festivals require literally hundreds of volunteer hours put in by many dedicated people who care about our sport. It also takes sponsorship by many manufacturers and businesses to keep these festivals up and running. Remember to support the sponsors and to be courteous when you are visiting other peoples’ scenic environments. You can find an informative web site at www.atvutah.com for links to all of the Utah ATV Festivals. For ATVing in British Columbia, visit www.quads.ca ❏