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 major ATV events taking place all across the country from now until the 4th of July weekend. Our future 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.
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 the Tri-State designation) are the highlight of the 11th anniversary event. Your machine has to be trailered to the beginning of all rides. The rides range from beginner to advanced and visits 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 and one Dutch-oven dinner. Sack lunches and optional evening meals are available for a charge, as are additional breakfast, ice-cream socials 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 6 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 the next roadway.
Contact: www.thetristateatvclub.com, [email protected]
MARCH 30–APRIL 3
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 at Mud Creek Off-Road Park includes open trail-riding poker runs, a showand-shine contest and several vendor areas. 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, and the festivities are capped off with nighttime concerts. Be ready to see some of the wildest machines on the planet and the crazy people that ride them.
Directions: From Dallas, take I-20 East to Tyler, TX. Take Hwy 69 South to Jacksonville. Take Hwy 79 East to Mud Creek. From Shreveport, LA, take I-20 West to Hwy 79 South to Jacksonville. Contact: (800) 699-0947, www.atvmudnationals.com
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 Thursdayevening sunset ride for those who arrive early. The rest of the weekend activities include guided rides, an ATV rodeo, drag racing, kids’ adventure, shooting area, vendors, demo rides, bonfires and a cook-out. The Windrock Wide Open race (WWO) is back for 2016, 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 the person who wants the challenge 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 Hwy 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, www.windrockpark.com
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 on 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-andshine, along with some group rides on 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.
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-andshine contest, extreme trail riding, free demo ride 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 Hwy 191.
Cost: $110. Kids under 8 are free
Directions: Moab is 115 miles west of Grand Junction, CO, and 235 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. Take Interstate 70 to Hwy 191 South into Moab.
Contact: (801) 589-0523, www.rallyontherocks.com
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 pm 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, www.hurleywi.com
WHITE KNUCKLE EVENT
The first of two major events at Brimstone Recreation is the White Knuckle Event, which is 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 up on Friday, starting with guided trail rides throughout the day and Ritchie Brother’s 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 (1 day), $71 (all 3 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, www.brimstonerecreation.com
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 jamborees put on each year by the Nebraska Off-Highway Vehicle Association. The summer will include a mud run and obstacle course, parade and redneck games Friday night, all 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 is 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: $35 singles, $60 family
Directions: Two miles southwest of Genoa, NE, at the Headworks OHV Park on state Hwy 22. Follow the signs from south of Genoa
Contact: (308) 381-2143, www.atvjamboree.org
QUADNA MUD NATIONALS NORTH
Hill City, Minnesota
Promoted by the same good ol’ boys who bring you the original Mud Nats, this event just has a northern flair. 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 very 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 Rd. You won’t miss it.
Contact: (800) 699-0947, www.quadnamudnationals.com
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 W. Main Street. Drive for 3 miles and Burning Rock is on your left.
Contact: (304) 683-9240, www.burningrockwv.com
EASTERN SIERRA JAMBOREE
California’s only jamboree for the past eight years includes four days of guided trail rides! ATV and UTV drivers will experience high-mountain deserts, forests home to beautiful Pinion and Jeffrey 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 would never forget. New for 2016 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. It’s a short drive down from Reno, NV, or a bit longer one traveling up from Los Angeles but well worth it.
Contact: (530) 208-6078, www.easternsierrajamboree.com
We have had the pleasure of attending 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—from 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 I-15
Contact: (800) 441-4ATV, www.millardcountytravel.com
ATV RIDE UP MT. WASHINGTON MOTORWAY
Pinkham Notch, 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 Gerry Pomerleau, a local firefighter, and 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 HN Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, 12 miles north of Jackson, NH, and 8 miles south of Gorham, NH
Contact: (603) 883-8292, www.nhatv.com