So much more than just sand in one be-UTAH-ful place By the staff of Dirt Wheels
UTV Takeover is well-known for their family-friendly events in some of the best riding spots in the United States. This year a new pushpin was added to the UTV Takeover map at Sand Hollow State Park in southern Utah.
Known as one of the most stunning and unique riding locations anywhere, the park is highlighted by a brilliant man-made lake surrounded by vivid red sand dunes and intricate, monumental rock formations. Thousands of visitors traveled from across the U.S. to see what it might be like to drive on Mars.
At other Sand Hollow events we have attended, the red sand is just another obstacle on the way to stunning overlooks and intricate rock trails and obstacles. With UTV Takeover having a large sand following, we saw more of the dunes used than we have ever seen before.
While many people came just for the riding, UTV Takeover puts on plenty of action-packed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Every morning, expertly guided rides were available for 10 of the park’s extraordinary trails, while larger group night rides took place at 8 p.m. While the riding area may look small from the view in camp, the park covers about 20,000 acres of land. A guided ride is ideal for first-timers because the trails can be tricky to navigate and can seem intimidating to those who are not used to Moab-like driving conditions. Little ones weren’t left out of the fun; the Kid Zone provided such activities as coloring, crafts and more.
Fun for the whole family could be found at rock-n-roll bingo, a cornhole tournament, and the ever-popular UTV Takeover treasure hunt. Mini-games included things like the ATC 70 Olympics, a blind-folded UTV obstacle course, and barrel races. Short-course racing and the drag strip turned out to be bigger ticket items for spectators. Winnings for all events included trophies and raffle tickets for over $20,000 worth of prizes.
The biggest crowd, however, was drawn for the notorious Huckfest. A few off-road celebrities came to show off for the crowds and claim all the glory by making the farthest jump. Mr. Shreddy himself, Blake Wilkey, brought out the Megalodon for some big-horsepower entertainment. Twelve-year-old boy wonder Ruslan Yankilevich crushed the Huckfest competition with a whopping 132-foot jump in his Addiction Powersports RZR. Although exhibition jumper Al McBeth (not included in the Huckfest competition) had a brutal wreck during his record jump attempt, he walked away without injury and still technically broke his previous 215-foot jump record.
Sand Hollow was the last UTV Takeover event of 2020, but hopefully, we can look forward to a 2021 schedule that won’t be affected by pandemic restrictions or health worries.
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