Looking forward to a new ATV jamboree in Beaver

Thursday , April 12, 2018 - 12:00 AM

LYNN R. BLAMIRES, Standard-Examiner columnist

With the record of success that ATV jamborees have had in Utah, a new event has been planned in Beaver County. The 2018 Beaver Trails Jamboree will be held May 16-19 and registration will be open through May 4.

The $85 registration fee covers three days of guided rides, a long-sleeve T-shirt, three continental breakfasts, Wednesday night dinne, and Saturday night’s barbecue. Registration runs from 1-4 p.m., followed by a 50-mile round trip to Minersville Lake, where riders will be treated to a Dutch oven dinner and a chance to get to know each other.

Being the first year of this jamboree, it won’t have the large numbers of participants more established ATV gatherings have. Fewer participants will give you a chance to be more socially involved with the other riders.

The town of Beaver has several motels that can accommodate jamboree riders, or there are facilities available for camping and RV hookups. Once you unload on Wednesday, you are good for the entire event. All rides begin and end at the Beaver City Complex.

While some of the meals are included in the jamboree fees, there is a good variety of eating establishments in town to supplement your stay. If you like your own cooking better, you can get supplies in town.

Each morning beginning on Thursday, riders meet at the complex for a continental breakfast and then line up for their registered rides. The longer rides leave at 9 a.m. and the shorter rides at 9:30.

Showcasing the Mineral Mountains east of Beaver, this jamboree offers an unusual variety of geography. The Tushar Mountains to the east were formed from volcanic activity, while western Mineral Mountains offer a contrast in their granite composition.

Seven trails are being offered, not counting the Wednesday night ride.

1. The Minersville Loop Trail — A 59-mile loop featuring some of the old mining roads that wind through the southern tip of the Mineral Mountains. The ride passes through Minersville Park, where the lake offers trophy trout to anglers, followed by a ride to the top of Jack’s Peak for a view of Beaver Valley.

2. The Rock Corral Loop — This 62-mile track highlights the granite peaks of the Mineral Mountains. Of special interest on this ride are the rock dinosaur and some outstanding scenery. (I am sorry, I don’t know what the rock dinosaur is, but I am curious to know.)

3. The Bald Ridges Trail — An easy 43-mile trail to the top of TV Hill offering views of Beaver Valley and the Tushar Mountains. Some Indian rock art is also featured on this ride.

4. The Picture Rock Trail — This 45-mile loop ventures into the Tushar Mountains. It gets its name from the intricate designs in the shale rock. Traversing deep canyons, high ridges and many stream crossings to the foot of Bald Mountain, the ride is scenic and beautiful. The condition of the snow pack on this trail may affect this ride.

5. The Historic Cove Fort Ride — This 77-mile easy ride features a route along the scenic foothills of the Tushar Mountains and a chance to tour Cove Fort.

6. The Rattlesnake Trail — This 46-mile ride is the most challenging of the seven trails offered. The name comes from the ridges ridden on this route, where scenic lookout points offer views of the Parowan Valley.

7. Mag’s Brothel Trail – A 64-mile intermediate ride that ventures into the past to see the remnants of Mag’s famous brothel and bathhouse. The bathhouse was fed by a hot spring. Also featured on this ride is an old cabin built into the rock so as to blend in with the surroundings.

The jamboree has arranged for riders to visit the Courthouse Museum. The pioneer displays are sponsored by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Ending on Saturday, prizes will be awarded at the evening BBQ. I have ridden some trails in the Mineral Mountains and I am looking forward to spending more time there. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and consider this new jamboree on the Beaver Trails.

You can email Lynn Blamires at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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