There are very good reasons why ATV and UTV gatherings have become so popular. In the first place, combining vacation, family, new trails and your OHVs is pure genius. We wish we had thought of it. Actually, we did think of it, but we didn’t think of inviting everyone in the Dirt Wheels land and making money at it. Most people tend to ride the same areas over and over. Naturally, it usually has something to do with the area being conveniently located. We’d all like some new riding adventures, but it is work and a little scary to learn someplace rugged and new. Most of the events in this guide have guided rides where local knowledge is available. More genius—all the beauty and adventure of new rides with none of the fear and potential drama. Late summer and early fall are packed with some of the best destination rides out there. Hopefully we’ll see you at some of these events.
1. JULY 8–10
RALLY IN THE PINES
Incredible riding opportunities await in the mountains surrounding Mackay, Idaho. Just east of Sun Valley and west of Yellowstone National Park, the rides reach mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high! Rally in the Pines offers group rides for ATVs and SxS with knowledgeable ride leaders, geocaching rides, lunch rides, night rides and lot’s more! The rally is next to a small western town that welcomes ATVs and SxS’. You can ride your ATV or SxS on any city street in the town of Mackay, Idaho. Get gas, go grocery shopping, go out to dinner all with your ATV or SxS. Mackay has a population of 500 people and has everything you will need, including restaurants, a grocery store, a bakery, gas stations and a laundromat. You can ride into the history of the Old West on the mine-hill tour, take a lunch ride with a complimentary BBQ lunch or hit the haunted ghost-town night ride where you visit historic cabins, ghost-town sites, a railroad trestle and mines.
Cost: $69 per driver, $49 per passenger, and kids 12 and under are free
Directions: Mackay is in central Idaho, just east of Sun Valley and west of Yellowstone National Park. Take HWY 93 north from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Contact: 208-241-8596 or www.rallyinthepines.com
2. JULY 18–23
HIGH MOUNTAIN ATV ASSOCIATION ATV JAMBOREE
The jamboree sports a week-long schedule of hosted trail rides with five to seven 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. The difficulty level is determined primarily by the type of terrain encountered. There is an evening parade through Wallace followed by a pizza social. The ATV rodeo will be on Saturday and includes four events: drag racing, barrel racing, sled pull and the obstacle course.
Cost: $135 per person; after June 1st, $145 per person. Families with
four or more in the same household are $110 per person; after June 1st, $120 per person. High Mountain ATV members are $110 per person; after June 1st, $120. Passengers riding double on an ATV or in a UTV are $70; after June 1st, $80. The Madman Ride is $25 per person (optional). If you only want daily rides and not the whole jamboree package, one ride is $30 plus a jamboree shirt, two rides is $50 plus 1 jamboree shirt, and three rides is $70 plus 1 jamboree shirt.
Directions: Wallace is east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and west of Missoula, Montana, on I-90
Contact: 208-512-5465, www.highmountainatv.org, [email protected]
3. JULY 27–31
Winchester Bay, Oregon
Dune Fest has sand, water and a forest of trees, so it shouldn’t need anything else. But it doesn’t stop there. The event is packed with exciting activities for all skill and age ranges, with plenty of activities all weekend long. There is something for everyone, including freestyle shows, concerts, a night ride, moto activities, show and shine, a treasure hunt, sand drags, a charity auction and OEM demos!
Cost: Registration is available starting February 15, 2016. Adult event pass is $40 ($45 at event); Child 6–12 years is $20 ($25 at event). Event day pass is $20 ($25 at event). No online registration; by phone only.
Directions: The Dunes Visitor Center is located in Reedsport, Oregon, on HWY 101, 855 Highway Avenue
Contact: 800-247-2155 or 541-2713495, www.dunefest.com
4. AUGUST 5–7
JERICHO ATV FESTIVAL
Berlin, New Hampshire
This is the seventh annual Jericho ATV Festival, so it is relatively new to the schedule; the 2015 event drew 6000 people. This event features mud races, demo rides, live music and delicious food. The festival takes place at Jericho Mountain State Park. The park has more than 80 miles of trails, but is connected to the more than 1000 miles of interconnected OHV trails in the Ride the Wilds trail network. New Hampshire’s Grand North is paradise for ATV riders. Kenny Bartram’s Steel Rodeo tour will have two shows on Saturday and another on Sunday. For those looking to experience new machinery, there are free demos of machines from Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha. There are plenty of nighttime activities, including the famous block party in town, and you are welcome to ride/drive your OHV into town for the festivities.
Cost: Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. $10 per person, 6 & under free. Sunday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $5 per person, 6 & under free.
Directions: Jericho Motorsports, LLC., 232 Jericho Rd, Berlin, NH 03570
Contact: 603-752-6060, www.jerichoatvfestival.com
5. AUGUST 10–13
PAIUTE TRAIL JAMBOREE
This is the eighth annual Paiute Trail Jamboree, and there is plenty to do, with daily guided and non-guided rides. It costs nothing to attend the event. There are events like a poker run, drag races and mud races. There is a show and shine for those less inclined to get dirty.
Cost: No fee for the event. (There is a fee for camping. RV parking has a waiting list).
Directions: From Richfield, Utah, take I-70 South/West to exit 23, US 89 South. Take US 89 South 12 miles to Marysvale City Park.
Contact: 435-326-4404, www.paiutetrailjamboree.com
6. AUGUST 12–14
ST. HELEN ORV JAMBOREE
St. Helen, Michigan
St. Helen is another town that is having its eighth annual event. There is plenty of ORV fun with a mud bog, sand run and even a kids’ run in the mud bog. There is also a silent auction on Saturday. Sunday offers the ATV/UTV pull. GPS scenic rides are available any time you want to explore. Contact the St. Helen Chamber of Commerce for information: 989-389-3725. Camping
and RV camping are available. Contact Richfield Township for camping information at 989-389-4994.
Cost: Participant fee first event, $20; each additional event, $10. Spectators free, but donations are welcome.
Directions: From anywhere, take I-75 to exit 222. Go north to St. Helen. The jamboree is held at the Richfield Township Park at 10415 Airport Rd., St. Helen, MI 48656, just 4 miles off I-75.
Contact: www.orvjamboree.org for registration and waiver forms and event rules.
7. AUGUST 18–20
MANTI MOUNTAIN ATV RUN
The trails around Manti and in the Arapeen OHV trail system will handle ATVs and accommodate 50-inch-or-wider UTVs. But with a starting altitude of 5600 feet and climbing to 10,000 feet, the organizers recommend vehicles with engines larger than 325cc to manage the climbs. There will be guided rides all three days, but you can get a map and explore on your own. There is plenty of lodging and camping in the area. Call 435-851-2288 for rentals, or look up www.sanpete.com/pages/ lodging for lodging.
Cost: $50 for one rider, $90 for rider and passenger
Directions: Travel north from Richfield, Utah, on HWY 89 past Gunnison to the town of Manti.
Contact: 435-835-2401, www.mantiatvrun.com
8. AUGUST 23–27
BRYCE ATV/UTV RALLY
The Bryce ATV/UTV Rally claims “some of the most beautiful trails you will ever see.” You can take a guided tour (limited to 25 riders per tour, but there are 15 tours the first day, 14 the second day and 13 the final 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 border 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 there is the ATV rodeo. Enter and compete or just cheer on friends. There will be entertainment, and a poker run on Saturday with cash and prizes. The admission includes breakfast each day, a chance to win a Polaris Ace, dinner on Saturday and your choice of a T-shirt or hat.
Cost: $85 for rider, $40 for passenger
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 on to Panguitch.
Contact: 800-444-6689, www.brycerally.org
9. SEPTEMBER 3
Andover, New York
Trail access is limited in New York state, so it is fortunate that there are privately owned riding areas like Tall Pines ATV Park. The final date on the 2016 calendar at Tall Pines is the Farm Fest. There is trail riding each day of the Fest from 9 a.m. to dusk, but there is entertainment and many events to break up the riding. You can even join a foot race through the mud bog. ATVs and UTVs are welcome, but no three-wheelers.
Cost: $20 per day for riding, $10 per day for passengers, camping $10 per person, per day.
Directions: U.S. Route 15 North to Route 417 West. Go past Andover about 4 miles to Elm Valley (not really a town, just a 45-mph zone.) Turn right onto County Rd. #12. Go 1.1 miles to Jones Road (Big Kent Farms Sign). Turn right onto Jones Road and go all the way to the top of the hill. Tall Pines is on the left; the big silver building right next to the road. Parking is on the other side of the road.
Contact: 716-474-7660, www.tallpinesatvpark.com
10. SEPTEMBER 15–17
SAN JUAN ATV SAFARI
The San Juan ATV Safari is a three-day adventure that will leave you breathless. 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.
ATV enthusiasts will experience three fantastic days of world-class riding with a banquet and entertainment at the close of the event. This annual ATV rendezvous will be something you will not want to miss! If you don’t have your own ATV, Blackhawk Transportation has rentals available at 435-678-2818.
Cost: $100 per rider, $175 per couple, rider and passenger. $300 per family of four ($75 fee for each additional person). $300 per group of four ($75 fee for each additional person). Registration will be limited to the first 350 riders.
Directions: The towns of Monticello, and Blanding, Utah are both on HWY 191 in southeastern Utah, not far north of the Four Corners area.
Contact: 800-574-4386, www.sanjuansafari.com
11. SEPTEMBER 23–24
CAMP RZR EAST
Berlin, New Hampshire
The domination of Polaris in the off-road vehicle world has now spilled over into organized events. The Minnesota-based OEM has rebranded two major events and named them both Camp RZR. For the eastern trail riders Camp RZR moves to Jericho Mountain State Park. With more than 80 miles of trails within the park and more than 1,000 miles of interconnected “Ride The Wilds” trails in New Hampshire, Jericho Mountain State park is a popular off-road destination in New England, making it the perfect place to host Camp RZR. Some town roads will be open to OHVs during the event. Attendees will experience everything from rocks to mud and hills to flats. Camp RZR New England will be bigger and better than ever featuring live entertainment, hundreds of thousands of dollars in giveaways, vendors and demo rides. Important to note: For Camp RZR New England you’ll need to register your machine in the State of New Hampshire ($40.00 a machine for 10-day reg.) as well as purchase an event ticket.
Cost: $10 all weekend, $7 under 18 years
Jericho Motorsports, LLC, 232 Jericho Rd, Berlin, NH 03570
12. SEPTEMBER 19–23
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV/UTV JAMBOREE
The 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree kicks off two weeks after Labor Day. This year the organizers will be giving away numerous sets of Big O Tires ATV tires, as well as an Arctic Cat ATV during the rodeo and an Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail UTV on the final night! There are a massive number of trails to choose from. Some require trailers, many require a vehicle narrower than 50 inches, but many allow wide machines. This year the parade will be held after the opening dinner, making for the first-ever “lights parade” held during the jamboree. Think about ways to light up your machine for that! Entry fee covers guided rides Monday through Friday, dinners on Monday and Friday evenings, continental breakfasts in the park Tuesday through Friday mornings, a short sleeved T-shirt, poker card, a 2016 Paiute Trail sticker and entry into the prize drawings.
Cost: $100 per driver, with an additional $100 fee for passengers. Registration is required by no later than September 1, 2016. Register online or via mail.
Directions: Richfield is 3 hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah and 4 hours north of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is easiest to use I-15 through Utah. Follow the signs to Richfield via I-70.
Contact: 844-4MY-TRAIL, e-mail [email protected], www.atvjam.com
13. SEPTEMBER 20–24
ATV HISTORICAL COLOR TOUR
Buena Vista, Colorado
The Buena Vista, Colorado Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual (17th!) community charity event called the ATV Historical Color Tour. They claim, “Pardner, I’m ah telln ya, thars gold in them thar hills,” both in the ground and on the trees. Riders and drivers head to the rally and mountain festival to visit the area’s old mining sites and ghost towns on self-guided tours. Ride to near the top of a 14,000-foot mountain, cross the Continental Divide, and take in the fall colors as the aspen trees change to “gold.” Buena Vista is in south-central Colorado, the heart of 14er country, the greatest concentration of 14,000-plus-foot peaks on the continent. The mountain scenery and fall colors will take your breath away. The nearby mountain trails offer OHV rides for all skill levels, from easy forest roads to trails much more challenging. Night time is get-together time with BBQs, entertainment and prizes.
Cost: $90 per person. Includes T-shirt.
Directions: Buena Vista is two hours West of Colorado Springs on HWY 24.
Contact: 719-395-6612, www.coloradoohvtour.org
14. OCTOBER 1–4
What do you suspect there is to do at a four-day event called Mudtoberfest at a venue named Mud Creek Off-Road Park? Oh, and it is presented by High Lifter. We’re going out on a limb here, but there might be mud and OHVs involved. You are welcome to trail ride all four days, but there are events running constantly for those looking for something more organized. The poker run is super popular, and so is the obstacle course. No doubt you will find plenty of dirty fun.
Cost: $40 for four days of riding, events, vendors and more. Children under 6 years old get in free with a paid adult. $30 camping for RVs with no hook-ups. Contact Mud Creek OffRoad Park at 903-586-6972 for more info.
Directions: Mud Creek Off-Road Park is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Texas, along HWY 79.
15. OCTOBER 1
TREK THE MIGHTY MAC
St. Ignace, Michigan
This is a historical ride where ATVs, side-by-sides and off-road motorcycles get to ride across Michigan’s famous Mackinac Bridge. Why all the excitement about what is basically a street ride? The ride begins in Mackinaw City. After crossing the bridge (limited to 20 mph, quiet machines, no showing off), you get to continue through downtown St. Ignace to the Little Bear Arena. There will be a lunch and an aftercrossing party with a live band. That takes care of Saturday, but Sunday everyone is welcome to hit the trails near the arena. Hotel reservations should be made in advance. Stay in St. Ignace, since that’s where you’ll ride to. Plenty of information online or by contacting the St. Ignace Visitor’s Bureau at 800-338-6660.
Cost: $35 driver or rider, $25 additional rider/passenger
Directions: From Detroit, Michigan, take I-75 North to St. Ignace. Take exit 344A to get to the Little Bear East Arena.
Contact: E-mail [email protected] .com, www.trekthemightymac.com or on Facebook: Trek the Mighty Mac.
16. October 6–9
PUMPKIN RUN ATV RALLY
Hurley offers the largest trail system in Wisconsin, and the Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience the true Northwoods during the changing of fall colors. For this 14th annual Pumpkin Run you can participate in fun, family-friendly ATV events and spectacular fall ATV riding. Those who pre-register will receive a Pumpkin Run pokerrun sheet, an official limited-edition Pumpkin Run bandanna, a free Iron County ATV trail map, and lots of other great prizes too!
Directions: From Green Bay, Wisconsin, it is a 200-mile trip. Take the 29 West to Rothschild. Turn right and head north up 51 to Mercer. To get to Hurley, keep heading north on 51 for another 20 miles.
17. OCTOBER 6–10
NATIONAL TRAIL FEST
Gilbert, West Virginia
National Trail Fest claims it will be bigger and better than ever before in 2016! It’s one of the premier UTV and ATV riding events in the country. There is direct access to the Rockhouse trail of the Hatfield-McCoy system from the host site location. Trail Fest has tons of daily and nightly entertainment to enjoy, or you can participate in drag racing, a mud pit, poker run, dice run, mud run for cash, scavenger hunt, casino night, ATV/UTV parade and manufacturer demos. Most of these events are covered by your event registration fee. You may also select a $60 meal package that includes Friday and Saturday dinners, as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts.
Cost: $45 for adult package, $35 for 12-and-under package, plus $35 for an event trail permit if you don’t have a current one-year trail pass.
Directions: From Charleston, take U.S. 119 South to exit 73 East. The road turns into WV 10 and goes through Lodan and Man. Take a right on WV 80 South into Gilbert.