Article by Lynn Blamires feature writer for My Local Utah
Living in the shadows of the Wasatch Front, I hear news stories about how many feet of snow still blanket our mountains. Cabins are buried and roads high in the backcountry are impassable.
Snowpack in Beaver Prevents Trail Riding
Conditions are the same in Beaver where the Beaver County Trails ATV/UTV Jamboree was to be held on May 16 – 19. I talked to Phil Bostrom, one of the guides who will lead rides at the jamboree. He told me that he can’t ride more than three miles from Beaver in any direction without being stopped by the depth of the snow on the trails. Bostrom has no hope that three weeks will significantly change those conditions.
Beaver Jamboree Moved to New July Date
For that reason, rather than cancel the jamboree, Beaver County has decided to move the event to July 11 – 14. This will create better riding conditions and a better overall jamboree experience. Regarding questions about registration or about the new dates, please contact (435) 438-6464.
Changing these dates always creates problems, but it also creates opportunities. People, who couldn’t go in May, now have an opportunity to go in July.
Beaver Gateway to Many ATV Trails
Each of the many OHV jamborees showcases a different set of amazing geologic features Utah has to offer. Beaver is situated right between the lofty Tushar Mountains on the east and the mysterious Mineral Mountains on the west of Beaver. While these trails connect with other trail systems, the Beaver Jamboree provides an excellent introduction to these gateway trails.
Registration Fees Are a Good Value
As a reminder, fees for this event are $125 and include two dinners, an ice cream social, a jamboree T-shirt, a ticket for some big prizes at a drawing on Friday night, and a card for the poker run on Friday. Opening day on Wednesday is considered a day for travel, gathering, checking in, and picking up your jamboree packets.
Jamboree Opens with a Ride to Minersville
The fun begins with a ride to the County Fairgrounds near Minersville for a meet and greets over a Dutch oven dinner. The Tushar Mountain ATV Club guides the rides and will begin on Thursday morning.
Eighteen Different Rides are Being Offered
Eighteen different rides are being offered at this year’s jamboree. While some of them were reviewed in the article I wrote that was published earlier this year on February 23, here are some the other rides being offered:
Riders will ride from town and experience the beauties of Cave Canyon, ascending from pinions and junipers through mahogany trees and stands of aspen to a scenic overlook. Views from the top will give amazing views of the valley, the Tushar Mountain Range to the east, Cherry Creek, and the surrounding peaks of the southern Mineral Mountains. This ride is 45 miles long, is rated intermediate, and is open to all OHV widths.
The staging area is about 75 minutes from Beaver in the Wah Wah Valley. The ride features trails in the Southern Wah Wah Mountains. They are as fun to ride as they are to say. This is a great opportunity to see some unique country in western Beaver County. You will also get to see some charcoal kilns that were vital to the smelting process that was used in the early mining history for which Beaver County is famous. There will be some very scenic overlooks when you reach the top of the Wah Wah Mountains. The ride is about 53 miles long, is rated intermediate, and is open to all OHV widths.
This ride will pass through some stunning country with lots of gamble oak and mahogany-covered hills. There are exciting hill climbs and fun twisty trails. You will take a step back in time as you stop to see the remnants of Mag’s famous brothel and bathhouse. Another highlight is a stop at an old miner’s cabin that was built into a giant boulder. Finally, you will stop at a Depression Era cement reservoir built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The spectacular rock formations and views are another reason to choose this ride, which is 64 miles long, is rated intermediate, and is open to all OHV widths.
Registration will be available by clicking here. Adjustments are being made to accommodate the new dates and should be ready soon.
There are lots of exciting reasons to include this jamboree in your summer plans and Beaver has the amenities to make your stay enjoyable. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and find your way to the Beaver jamboree.