By Lynn Blamires feature writer for My Local Utah
Only one annual jamboree is older than the Rocky Mountain Jamboree and that is the National ATV/UTV Jamboree in Fillmore. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this Richfield jamboree is scheduled for September 19 – 23, 2022.
Not only is this one of the oldest jamborees in Utah, but it is also one of the largest in terms of rides offered. 73 guided rides are listed with the greatest variety of trail adventures I have seen at any jamboree. Rides are offered covering not just trails on the Paiute Trail System, but on the Arapeen Trail System, the San Rafael Swell Trails, the Gooseberry Trails, the Beaver Trails, and the Thousand Lake Mountain and Boulder Mountain Trails. Over half of the rides are open to any size machine, but 28 have a width restriction set at less than 50 inches.
There is not only variety in the trails being offered, but in the rides themselves. One ride will appeal to fly fishermen, others focus on pioneer history, and another explores Freemont Indian culture including rock art and petroglyphs. One follows a portion of the Old Spanish Trail, and another offers a tour of Richfield ending with a burger burn and an opportunity to dress your own burger. A special ride is offered by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office with a stop at a gun range to see if you can outshoot the sheriff. A couple of night rides are being offered with the comment that it won’t be small traffic cones at the intersections to indicate the direction of travel, but glow sticks. There is also a Poker Run that includes lunch.
An interesting and innovative series of rides are being offered at this jamboree that I haven’t seen before. They are referred to as Arborglyph GPS Rides. The GPS information for each ride will be included in the registration packet. Riders will be asked to use a GPS to find specific aspen trees with names and/or dates etched into them by visitors of the past – hence the name arborglyphs. Each ride will have clues on the location and hints about the dates or names on the trees for which you will be looking. These rides are self-guided, and it is recommended that you enjoy the rides in groups rather than on your own for safety reasons.
Registration fees are $120 per person for five days of riding, two dinners, four breakfasts, a jamboree T-shirt, and entries into daily prize drawings. That bargain is further enhanced by the fact that many of the rides have lunches provided by ride sponsors. Also, a bonus ride is being offered on Saturday, the 17th. Riders will also get to participate in a “Get Your Glow On” Light Parade on Main Street scheduled for Monday night after Opening Ceremonies and dinner. Wednesday night will feature a Food Truck Round-up and live entertainment.
After reviewing all of these rides, I am familiar with most of them. Here are some that I recommend:
#32 Soaring with the eagles
This ride is open to any size machine and starts at the rest area just south of Big Rock Candy Mountain. It continues up the Deer Creek Trail where you will see beautiful pools formed by beavers as you climb to the main Paiute Trail. After a side trip to the historic Silver King Mine, riders will head up to where the mountain goats live at 11,500 feet. This is the highest point on the Paiute Trail System, and it provides some amazing views.
#28 Three Mountain Adventure
Starting in the town of Monroe this ride is open to all sizes of machines. Riders will climb through three mountain ranges including Monroe, Landon, and Forshea. The ride offers fantastic vistas and some of the most beautiful fall colors.
#41 Eagle Canyon Adventure
These rides start at Justensen Flat off I-70. After dropping down into Eagle Canyon, you will see the beautiful Eagle Canyon Arch. After a climb up to Swazy’s Cabin, the ride goes across the valley to begin the Devil’s Racetrack. The scenery on this trail is amazing and while it is challenging, it is of the exhilarating kind. The end of the Devil’s Racetrack drops into Coal Wash and then back to the Flat. There is also a chance to see mountain goats on this ride.
There is something for the entire ATV community at this jamboree. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and sign up for this jamboree here.