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Blamires: 28th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree

By Lynn Blamires - | Aug 26, 2021

The picture is of riding through one of two tunnels on the trail from Salina to the top of the Skyline Trail - one of the rides on the Rocky Mountain Jamboree. (Photo supplied, Lynn Blamires)

While the Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree in Richfield may not be the oldest in the state, it has to be the largest. There are so many rides and activities it would take years to experience all it has to offer.

Scheduled for Sept. 20-24, this jamboree has no capacity limit. They can take as many people who want to attend and there are plenty of reasons to want to go.

The jamboree opens on Monday with the distribution of registration packets and an opening ceremony including prize drawings. After the guided rides of the day, dinner will be served by the Richfield Area Chamber of Commerce in the city park.

At 8:00 p.m., each participant is invited to drive their machine in the “Get Your Glow On” light parade. People riding in the parade will be given a supply of light sticks to throw as they make their way down Main Street. With over 900 machines already sporting an array of lights, this should be quite a show.

Tuesday dawns with the first of four Continental breakfasts that are included in the registration. This is not just your standard orange juice and bagel — you will be plenty satisfied to kick off the day.

Because the setting is in the middle of the Paiute Trail System, the rides offered at the jamboree are nothing short of spectacular. There are over 75 rides to choose from. Here is a sample of what is in store.

The Mountain Man

This ride is for mountain men and women who are up to the challenge of spending four days and three nights camping on the trail. The ride will be about 300 miles long and riders will need to be prepared for all kinds of weather and trail conditions. Only machines that are 50 inches in width are allowed on this ride.

Rides with 50 inch gates

50-inch trails are not going away on the Paiute Trail System, and that is evident from the rides offered on the jamboree. There are 33 rides that restrict machines to no more than 50 inches. There is one allowing up to 60-inch widths and another allowing up to 66-inch widths.

Rides with meals provided

Several rides are sponsored by local businesses and lunch will be provided as an extra bonus. Sponsors like Big Daddy’s Deli, Winger’s, Quality Inn, and the Bar 86 will do you right for lunch.

Foodie Rides

Some rides are offered with the sole purpose of getting to a nice spot to eat. One favorite that fills up fast is the “Spare Rib Special.” This ride starts in Richfield and goes to Koosharem where the Koosharem Café serves up their iconic lip smackin’ ribs. I know this café well, and I have routed my ride before to be there right around lunch time.

Another ride, sponsored by the Richfield Chamber of Commerce, consists of a tour around Richfield. It is designed to give Jamboree participants an opportunity become acquainted with local business. Lunch is provided.

GPS Rides

The Rocky Mountain Jamboree offers five GPS rides. No guides are provided, but you are given a track to follow. When you successfully complete one of these rides, you qualify for special prizes.

While dinner is not provided on Wednesday, a Food Truck Roundup has been arranged at 7 p.m. so there will be a selection of offerings for the evening meal.

Friday is the last day of the jamboree. After the scheduled guided rides, dinner will be provided by the Richfield Lions Club. Then, a final round of prize giveaways will be a part of the closing ceremonies. A highlight of each day is the prize drawings.

With an amazing schedule like this, you may wonder how expensive it is. Registration includes five days of guided rides, dinners on Monday and Friday, full breakfast Tuesday through Friday mornings, an official Jamboree T-shirt, and entry into the prize drawings each day for a total of $120 each.

Ride locations cover a wide area around Richfield offering an excellent opportunity to learn more about new trails in Utah. Find all the details at https://sevierutah.net. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and find adventure at the Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree.

Lynn R. Blamires can be reached at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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