Planning ATV adventures for 2018

Thursday , February 08, 2018 - 12:00 AM

LYNN R. BLAMIRES, Special to the Standard-Examiner

We are already over a month into 2018 and I have not written about the ATV jamborees scheduled for 2018. I was reminded of that fact in an email from Vickie Mattson last week. While an article I wrote came out on the Tri-State Jamboree coming up in March, that does not help anyone plan for the rest of the year. Thank you, Vickie, for the reminder.

When I bought my first ATV in 1993, I was anxious to learn where I could find trails to ride. The real treasure chest of information came from the ATV jamborees I attended.

More jamborees are held in Utah than in any of the lower 48 states. Each of these ATV events showcases different sections of Utah’s beautiful backcountry. Guides know the trails and are well versed in the history of the areas you will ride.

Here is an overview of each event scheduled for this year in order of occurrence:

Tri-State Jamboree

Hurricane, March 14 – 17

The Tri-State features three days of guided rides in scenic Washington and Kane counties. New this year will be a night ride in the Hurricane Sands. Registration closes this month, so it is important to act fast. Information is available at

San Rafael Poker Run

San Rafael, April 21

The ride takes place on the north side of the Swell, 26 miles east of Castle Dale. Riders draw a hand of poker on a trail featuring wonderful vistas of the Buckhorn Draw. Contact Robert Pole at 435-630-6188 for information.

Rally on the Rocks

Moab, May 15 – 19

This ninth annual adventure is designed for UTVs only. Trails are rated from mild to wild in the splendor of colorful Moab. Machines and equipment must be inspected for the more extreme rides. Information is available at

Beaver Trails ATV Jamboree

Beaver, May 16 – 19

This inaugural event features some unique trails in the Mineral Mountains. The $85 registration fee includes three days of guided rides, some meals, a T-shirt and more. Registration is limited to the first 100 people. Register at

National ATV Jamboree

Fillmore, June 19 – 23

Registration closes June 15. This is the 31st annual running of the ATVs on the Paiute trails and in the west desert. The $118 registration fee includes three days of guided rides and more. Information is available at

Manti Mountain ATV/UTV Run

Manti, Aug. 16 – 18

Featuring trails on the Arapeen Trail System, this jamboree has just opened for registration. The $50 fee includes a T-shirt, meals and guided rides. More information is available at

UTV Jamboree

Marysvale, Aug. 8 – 11

Located in the heart of the Paiute ATV Trail System, Marysvale offers a beautiful backdrop for this Jamboree. Catering to the UTV crowd, this event has no registration fee. While registration is required, meals can be purchased when you sign up. ATVs are also welcome. Information is available at

Paiute Trail Rally

Marysvale, Aug. 8 – 11

Open to UTVs and ATVs, this event has no fee and no guided rides. The hosts will help you pick trails to suit your interests and you are free to explore them on your own. Don’t worry — they won’t let you get lost. Meals can be purchased when you sign up. Look for information to be posted soon at

Bryce ATV/UTV Rally

Panguitch, Aug. 21 – 25

Fees are $100 per machine plus $50 for an extra rider covering some meals, a T-shirt or hat, a poker ticket and a raffle ticket to win a new ATV. Fees go up $15 on Aug. 13. Trails offer amazing views of Bryce Canyon. Registration will be available after March 1 at

Arapeen ATV/UTV Retreat

Castle Valley Outdoors Lodge, Sept. 5 – 9

Emery County is now sponsoring this event. The lodge is located between Emery and Ferron and is supposed to be spectacular. Registration is $125 for all the meals including lunch. New trails are being offered that I am excited to try. Register at

San Juan Safari

Blanding, Sept. 12 – 15

Fees are $100 per rider with discounts for couples and groups. Some meals are included with other benefits. Trails showcase the Blue Mountains and the canyons with magnificent views of Indian ruins. A night ride is being offered Sept. 12 to kick off the safari. Watch for details at after March 1.

Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree

Richfield, Sept. 17 – 21

Registration is open for this 26th annual event. The $100 fee per person includes some meals and a host of benefits. This is a big event that features trails on the Paiute ATV Trail System and surrounding areas. Find information at

SxS Adventure Rally

Hurricane, Nov. 8 – 10

Designed for UTVs, this rally features challenges both easy and extreme in the Hurricane Sands of Washington County. The $125 registration includes some meals and other benefits. Watch for information at

When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and plan for a great year on the trails in 2018.

You can email Lynn Blamires at

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