ATV Adventures: Tri-State ATV Jamboree is back |  News, sports, jobs

ATV Adventures: Tri-State ATV Jamboree is back | News, sports, jobs

ATV Adventures: Tri-State ATV Jamboree is back |  News, sports, jobs

Lynn Blamires, especially for the standard examiner

This is the type of red rock landscape you will experience on the Toquerville Falls tour of the Tri-State Jamboree.

After being shut down for two years due to the pandemic, the Tri-State Jamboree is back and open for registration. The dates have been moved one week to 16-19. March in hopes of better weather.

This year’s first jamboree is popular because early spring in Washington County brings people out of winter. People who have been shut up and looking at snow-covered trails are ready to get out and ride. I have enjoyed going to this jamboree for several years because I get cottage fever with the best of them.

Fees for the jamboree are $ 150 and include three days of guided tours, three breakfasts, an issocial dinner, two dinners, a T-shirt and tickets for thousands of dollars in prizes. Children under 6 are not required to register. Shirts for them can be purchased at the jamboree. Fees are reduced to $ 120 for those who sign up for the Tri-State ATV Club. Club membership fee is $ 20 for a single membership and $ 30 for a family.

To cover liability issues, all riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Young people aged 8-15 must have an OHV certificate to ride in public areas.

Tri-State Jamboree offers a variety of mountain and desert trails to provide new trail experiences for both experienced and beginners. I have always argued that one of the best ways to learn about where to ride is to sign up for a jamboree. Experienced guides will not only take you on the trails, but will also tell you about some of the history of the country you are riding on.

Lynn Blamires, especially for the standard examiner

A Kodak moment – crossing Le Verkin Creek over Toquerville Falls.

With the change in dates, two of the trails had to go off the agenda because they travel through desert turtle habitat and the turtles are scheduled to come out of hibernation on March 15th. These are the Castle Cliffs and the Joshua Forest Paths. However, two new trails have been added, which are a lot of fun to ride. These are No. 21 Toquerville Falls and No. 2 Nephi Pature rides.

I would walk down south to drive on the Toquerville Falls trail, even without going to the jamboree. The ride departs straight from Jamboree headquarters with no need for a trailer to trailhead. It takes you up on a ridge overlooking the Quail Creek Reservoir and then down to the facade road to Leeds. The trail continues to Babylon. I know, I was curious to learn what Babylon was all about, and so will you. It’s a ghost town now and has been since 1877, when the Stormont mine closed.

The sandy trails will take you from there through some beautiful red rocky land to Toquerville, where you will walk along the north side of town on the edge of a gorge. Eventually, the trail drops down to La Verkin Creek, where you cross at the top of Toquerville Falls. This place is designed for perfect Kodak moments. The ride is fun and easy and the country is spectacular.

It really is not fair to choose just one ride because there are so many other amazing showcases on this jamboree. One my wife loves to go to is the No. 15 Barracks. The winding sandy paths have continuously beaten turns that are so fun to ride that you can not help but laugh. We specifically enjoyed the panoramic views of Zion National Park, The Blocks, Canaan Mountain and Elephant Butte.

Another favorite is the No. 2 Nephi Pasture. This trail formed one of the segments of the five-day trip from Kanab to Kamas I rode in 2020. Inch Worm Arch and Pink Cliffs are the highlights of this trip.

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Nr. 7 Peek-A-Boo is a fun ride. It is named after the castle canyon that is visited early in the trip. The trail leads right up to it, allowing riders to squeeze through and explore. A unique feature of this castle canyon are the steps that have been cut into one of the walls that the ancients used to access points high up. You will also notice driftwood lying high in the gorge – a reminder of how dangerous a cleft gorge can be in a flood.

Two other castle gorges are on this hike, which is a bit off the beaten path but well worth exploring. These are some of the fun rides to choose from at this jamboree. As you go, grab plenty of water, hold the rubber side down and find out the details at thetristateatvclub.com/jamboree.

Contact Lynn R. Blamires at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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