Here’s your chance to get that quad tuned up for some epic adventures this summer. We have listed the must-be-attended events taking place between July 4th to the end of the year. If you are a true ATV fanatic like we are, you have to try one of these listed events out. Along with huge vendor areas and unique ATV competition and trail riding, most OEMs bring demo machines for you to test out in case you were thinking of getting a new ride. It’s a great way to try out a utility machine or perhaps a new high-performance UTV. Anyway, if you do take that ultimate ATV vacation, be sure to send us a postcard. If you don’t see your favorite event mentioned or you would like to promote an event here in Dirt Wheels, drop us a line at [email protected] and tell us all about it.
1. JULY 21–26
HIGH MOUNTAIN ATV JAMBOREE
This year High Mountain ATV Association in Wallace, Idaho, will host their 20th annual ATV jamboree. Activities surround a rodeo with fullsize ATV/UTV sled pulling and a new obstacle course on Saturday. There are five to seven trail rides to choose from each day, Monday through Friday. Rides are set up according to three levels of difficulty and are rated as either easy, moderate or advanced. On Wednesday there’s an ATV/UTV parade (this year’s theme is finding Bigfoot) with a free pizza social after the parade. HMATV hosts a free hamburger and hot dog potluck dinner on Friday night. And on Saturday is the famous wrapup steak dinner. During the rest of the time, guided rides will help you explore some of the best trails in the state. Helmets are required.
Cost: $135 for weekend passes.
Single-day discounts available
Directions: Wallace is right off
Interstate 90 near the Idaho /Montana border.
2: JULY 24–27
MONSTER FEST PART 2
Andover, New York
Monster Fest is a great opportunity to explore the Tall Pines ATV Park. There are over 55 miles of marked and named trails in this diverse New York landscape, from rolling hills and farm roads to creek crossings and mud bogs—they have it all. The Monster Fest will feature twisted redneck games, vendors, food and open riding. Cabins and yurt rentals are available on-site.
Directions: Take U.S. Rt. 15 North to
Rt. 417 West. Go past Andover about four miles to Elm Valley. Turn right onto County Rd. #12. Turn right onto Jones Rd. and go all the way to the top of the hill. Tall Pines is on the left, a big silver building right next to the road.
Price: $20, kids 10 & under are free.
3: JULY 30–AUGUST 3
Winchester Bay, Oregon
This five-day event is filled with exciting, fun activities, including motocross racing, sand drags, poker run, treasure hunt, show n’ shine, drive-in movie night, charity auction, freestyle shows, and evening entertainment featuring Rock the Dunes Friday and Saturday nights. Vendor row offers ATVs, clothing, crafts, ATV accessories and food booths. Dunefest offers a kid-safe ATV riding area, exciting activities for all skills and age ranges, and a free shuttle-bus service from Winchester Bay. Dunefest offers a family-friendly atmosphere and boasts the slogan, “The most fun a family can have in the sand.” Keep in mind, you can get non-ethanol gasoline (premium fuel 92 octane) available in Salmon Harbor at the fuel dock. Camping is available on and off the sand.
Cost: $40; ages 6–12, $15
Directions: From I-5, merge onto OR-38/OR-99 via exit 162 toward Drain/Elkton. Turn right onto W B Ave./OR-38/OR-99. Continue to follow OR-38. Then go south on US-101 4.2 miles
4: AUGUST 1–3
JERICHO ATV FESTIVAL
Berlin, New Hampshire
The Northeast’s biggest ATV event is headquartered right on the streets of Berlin, which is one of the portals to the 1000-mile Ride the Wilds Trail System. The festival opens up on Friday night with a torch-lit parade of ATVs and on Saturday with the blessing of the ATVs, which includes activities such as a poker run, grudge runs in the mud pit, sled pulling and much more. Unique to the Jericho Festival is the wreck-the-dress run, where girls run through the mud pit with their wedding dresses on. This year a couple is going to get married as well. There’s also tons of eateries and ATV vendors on hand, as well as Polaris will be offering demo rides of their latest machines. There are over 80 miles of trail riding within Jericho State Park to enjoy as well.
Cost: $5. Kids are free.
Directions: Take State Hwy 2 to Route 16 North into the town of Berlin.
5: AUGUST 8–10
ST. HELEN ORV JAMBOREE
St Helen, Michigan
The 6th annual jamboree will feature ORV training, vendor displays, a silent auction and scenic riding. If you are feeling a little more energetic, you can take part in the obstacle course, sled pull, mud bogs or sand run. This event is the most fun you can have on an ATV in the state of Michigan, period!
Directions: From anywhere, take Interstate 75 to St. Helen. The jamboree is held at the Richfield Township Park at 10415 Airport Rd., St. Helen, MI 48656.
6: AUGUST 14–16
MANTI MOUNTAIN ATV RUN
Manti City, Utah
Your weekend of ATV fun includes a continental breakfast, dinner Friday night, T-shirt and OHV sticker. Guided ATV rides will happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on trails that run from an altitude of 5600 feet to over 10,000 feet above sea level up the Sanpete Valley. You will be touring the Arapeen OHV Trail System in the beautiful mountains of the Manti-LaSal National Forest. Riders can expect pristine vistas, following local guides on intermediate to advanced trails. You can explore on your own as well. Area rentals are available by calling (435) 851-2288.
Cost: $25 each day
Directions: Travel north from Richfield on Highway 89 past Gunnison to the town of Manta—you can’t miss it.
7: AUGUST 13–16
PAIUTE UTV JAMBOREE
This is the original UTV jamboree, and it’s celebrating its sixth year and now is a part of the Paiute Adventure Series. ATVs are again welcome. August is a great time to ride the Paiute Trail and see the mountains and valleys in their full summer splendor. Participants don’t have to trailer their UTVs anywhere, and the event includes daily rides, drag racing, show n’ shine, mud races, a King of the Hill track, mud pit, poker run, scavenger hunt, tractor pull, entertainment, meals and more. Marysvale is nestled at the foothills of the grand Tushar mountain range, with the peak reaching Mount Belknap at 12,119 feet.
Directions: From Richfield, Utah, take I-70 South/West to Exit #23, U.S. 89 South. Take U.S. 89 South 12 miles to Marysvale.
8: AUGUST 20–23
BRYCE ATV RALLY
We attended the Bryce Rally last year and had a blast. At the event, you can take one of 12 guided tours available each day or grab a map and head out on your own. Either way, you will experience scenery and trails like you have never seen before. Garfield County Trails borders Bryce Canyon National Park and is home to Casto Canyon, one of the top 10 most scenic trails in the U.S. In the evening, the ATV rodeo is open to everyone, or just cheer on your friends, which you are sure to make a few new ones. There will also be great deals available from vendors and sponsors, food, entertainment, and more for the entire family to enjoy. A poker run will be held on Saturday with cash and prizes!
Directions: From the south in Cedar City, take Route 14 East to the east side of Hwy 89. Head north past the entrance to Bryce Canyon, then onto Panguitch.
9: AUGUST 29
The Brimstone ride area and its events are becoming more popular every year. We are sure the SxS Roundup is the second-largest gathering of ATVs and UTVs east of the Mississippi, behind only the High Lifter Mud Nationals. Here you can explore the entire Brimstone Recreation area next to a close friend. Rodeos, races, poker runs and raffles make up the annual event. The Brimstone Recreation area has ATV rentals, cabins and the nearby town is ATV-friendly. Brimstone started great events like geocaching, the UTV drive-in and King of the Mountain.
Cost: $55. Concert is extra.
Directions: The Brimstone Park is just north of Huntsville on Baker Hwy/ Hwy 53, northwest of Knoxville.
10: SEPTEMBER 1–5
ARAPEEN ATV JAMBOREE
Put on by the Southeastern Utah OHV Club, this is one of the best-kept secrets in jamborees. All of the guided rides take place in the beautiful Manti-Lasal National Forest, which encompasses the Arapeen ATV Trail. There’s over 350 miles of ATV and 4×4 routes included in the system. The backbone of the system is the scenic South Skyline Drive, which is one of the most beautiful dirt trails in the country. It’s a breathtaking experience for most of its 58-mile length, from Utah Highway 31 on the north side to the Fishlake National Forest boundary on the south. All three days of riding include a continental breakfast and the welcome and farewell dinners.
Directions: You can get to the park in Ferron by taking Rt. 10 North past Emry off of Interstate 70 East inRichfield.
Contact: (435) 381-2493,
11: SEPTEMBER 2–6
AZ OUTLAW TRAIL JAMBOREE
If you live within a day’s drive of the Four Corners region (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona) of the U.S., you have to put the AZ Outlaw Trail Jamboree on your calendar this year. Here you will enjoy 26 of the state’s best ATV trails. From low-elevation sand washes to high-mountain rides, there will be something for any sport or utility ATV rider. Registration starts with an ice-cream social, then the rides begin. Day and night rides take place, as well as a raffle, a Wild West shootout, BBQs, poker runs, rodeos and much more.
Directions: Take Highway 60 to Globe, continuing into Springerville. At the traffic light in Springerville, turn right and go into Eagar. At the traffic light in Eagar, turn left and drive about two miles to the Apache County Rodeo Grounds on your left.
12: SEPTEMBER 11–13
SAN JUAN ATV SAFARI
With names like Hook and Ladder, Elk Ridge and John’s Canyon, this three-day adventure will leave you breathless as you choose one of 18 different all-day trail rides. Yes, UTVs are welcome too. From the top of the Blue Mountains in the center of San Juan County to the depths of the surrounding canyons, this ATV extravaganza will surround you in the beauty and excitement available only in the Canyonlands Country of Utah. A banquet and entertainment are offered at the close of the event, which is limited to 350 ATVs. Blackhawk ATV rentals can set you up with an extra quad if needed. Call them at (800) 308-3460.
Directions: Both Monticello and Blanding are on Highway 191 in southeastern Utah, near just up from the Four Corners.
13: SEPTEMBER 15–19
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV JAMBOREE
Now in its 21st year, the Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree is based out of Richfield, Utah, and is one of our favorites. This event provides riders with the perfect way to enjoy the Paiute and Gooseberry trail systems of central Utah. With 70 different ride options, there is something for everyone and all skill levels. There is a ride that shoots skeet, a ride that spends time fishing along the trail, Dutch-oven lunches and even a ride that doesn’t return until after midnight. In addition to the guided rides, registered riders for the event get two dinners, continental breakfasts, a poker card, an official jamboree T-shirt, and a chance to win one of dozens of prizes, including a brandnew ATV. There are plenty of places to stay and some great restaurants to enjoy while in town.
Cost: $100 per driver or rider.
Directions: Richfield is three hours south of Salt Lake City and four hours north of Las Vegas. It is easiest to use Interstate 15 through Utah, and then just follow the signs to Richfield via Interstate 70.
Contact: (877) 47-EVENT,
14: SEPTEMBER 23–27
HISTORIC ATV COLOR TOUR
Buena Vista, Colorado
UTVs are again welcome at this year’s event, which is surrounded by the greatest concentration of 14,000- foot peaks on the continent. So, of course, from any trail the views are unbeatable and the fall colors should be amazing. Participants will visit the area’s old mining sites and ghost towns on self-guided tours, go to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain, and even cross the Continental Divide. There will be rides for all skill levels, from the easy forest roads to the extremely challenging— if you dare. Night time is get-together time with BBQs at the park, entertainment and awards. There will be local riders out on all the routes for assistance and information. Or, you can be guided if you prefer.
Cost: $90 for adults, $59 for kids under 12
Directions: Buena Vista is two hours west of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24.
Contact: (719) 395-6612,
15: SEPTEMBER 26–28
COAL COUNTRY OFF-ROAD FESTIVAL
Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park/Pineville, KY
The Holler Crawler’s signature fall event has a new name: the Coal Country Off-Road Festival. The boys in southeast Kentucky are extremely proud of their coal-mining heritage and wanted to reflect that with a new event name. The event will still include the famous haunted forest ATV ride, ATV events, vendor area, a nationally acclaimed country music act to be announced soon, and much more! Plus, the riding at the ATV park on over 9000 acres is completely free! Brian Fisher will be on hand to film and hang out with the fans. Last year this event drew over 10,000 people.
Directions: From London, Kentucky, take I-75 South to Corbin. From there, head east on Rt. 25 to Pineville, then follow the signs. If you are pulling a big trailer (over 20 feet), check the website for specific directions to the larger parking lots.
16: OCTOBER 9–12
PUMPKIN ATV RALLY
Iron County boasts the most extensive ATV trail system in the state of Wisconsin, and the best way to see them is during the 11th annual Pumpkin ATV Rally. The Hurley and Mercer County Chambers of Commerce join together to organize the popular event. The Pumpkin Run has been a big success, and organizers plan to reserve Columbus Day weekend every year for the annual rally. The rally kicks off on Thursday for the weekend-long poker run. Friday night the big ATV parade is held in downtown Mercer. Different businesses will be sponsoring a variety of 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 Green Bay it’s a 200-mile trip. Take Hwy 29 West to Rothschild. Turn right and head north up Rt. 51 to Mercer. To get to Hurley, keeping heading north on Rt. 51 another 20 miles.
Contact: 866-340-4334, www.hurleywi.com; 715-476-2389,www.mercercc.com
17: OCTOBER 9–13
NATIONAL TRAIL FEST
Gilbert, West Virginia
Trail Fest offers some of the very best trail riding in the world, with direct access to the Rockhouse Trail from the host site location. There’s daily and nightly entertainment to spectate as well as participate in, including but not limited to a poker run and dice run, costume parade, auctions, live music and a DJ, stunt shows, drag strip, mud pit, kids’ mini motocross track, fireworks display, factory demo rides of next year’s products and activities for children throughout the event. Most Trail Fest packages also include catered meals, a T-shirt and raffles for over $2000 in cash and prizes. On-site and off-site camping is available, and there are many other local accommodations, such as cabins, hotels, as well as rental homes and apartments. Lodging does fill up fast, so book your reservations early.
Cost: $120 with trail permit included.
Directions: From Charleston, take US-119 South to exit 73 East. The road turns into WV 10 and goes through Logan and Man. Take a right on WV 80 South into Gilbert.
18: OCTOBER 23–26
If you missed going to the Mud Nationals this year in March or just can’t remember it, then Mud- Toberfest gives you a second chance to have fun in the mud, High Lifter style, at Mud Creek Off-Road Park. Along with the always-great mud riding, there will be an obstacle course challenge, a huge poker run, chili cook-off and a concert series with headlines to be named later. Can- Am, Polaris and Yamaha all plan on offering demo rides and displaying new products, along with a host of smaller companies showing their wares.
Directions: From the east, take I-20 West to Shreveport, then take Hwy 79 South to Jacksonville. Mud Creek Off- Road Park is located approximately five miles northeast of Jacksonville, Texas, along Hwy 79.