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Having only heard about the San Francisco Mountains near Milford, I looked forward to doing some exploring there. I was especially interested in learning more about the charcoal kilns that still exist near the ghost town of Frisco.

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The Utah Wildlife Board voted on Thursday to approve a decrease in the number of general season permits for the 2021 deer hunt in an effort to maintain healthy deer populations across the state.

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Having been introduced to the new facilities and concessions now offered by Brad and Julie Benson at the Big Mountain Lodge in Ferron, it was time to see more of the splendor of the San Rafael Swell. We had a great ride the day before to the Copper Globe Mine (Standard-Examiner, April 8, 202…

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After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, Rally on the Rocks is on for 2021. The dates are set for May 12-15 and while some rides are full, there are plenty of openings to fill and still time to register.

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Ready for an outdoors road trip? You are not alone! Many Ogden residents are looking to get outdoors right now for a post-lockdown road trip vacation getaway with plenty of social distancing. But before you plan that road trip to one of our federal lands in Utah, such as the national parks, …

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On any given trip from Ogden to St. George, you have passed through Beaver. Having been on the road a while, it is a good place to take a break either for a Blizzard at the DQ or a bag of cheese curds at the Creamery.

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Each ATV trail system in Utah offers its own unique brand of opportunities to explore. From the splendor of the desert, the beauty of the shifting sands, the mysteries of mining districts and the grandeur of the lofty mountain trails, there are plenty of the reasons to get off the highway an…

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About 1,500 people call Ferron home, which is down from the 2010 census by about 9%. Founded in 1877 by three pioneer families, Ferron started as a farming community. Riding into town from the San Rafael Swell 144 years later, I noticed that it is still a farming community.

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Sanpete County has announced that The Manti Mountain ATV-UTV Run is on for 2021. After being cancelled last year, two events have been planned this year to accommodate more riders. The first one is scheduled for July 13-14, followed by a fall ride September 17-18.

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It was the first ride of the year. There were plenty of reasons to go out on the trail — I had already missed some days of good riding weather, I was running out of things to write about and my grandson, Mark, bought a Polaris RZR so he was pushing Grandpa to go.

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The Utah State Legislature passed the Off-Highway Vehicle Act in 1971 which created the Division of Parks and Recreation’s Off-Highway Vehicle Program. Fifty years later, this OHV program remains strong and actively engaged in the OHV community.

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I wrote an article that appeared in the Standard-Examiner on Jan. 28 entitled, “What if someone else wants my ATV more than I do?” In that article, I related accounts of people losing ATVs and equipment to theft. That article ended with this statement, “Take stock of the things you can to do…

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The third annual Beaver County Trails Jamboree did not happen. Because of the 2020 pandemic, a lot of things didn’t happen last year. In the case of Beaver County, however, the story didn’t stop there.

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As 2021 opened, one of the questions on the minds of many in the ATV community was if there would be any jamborees slated for the year. I am happy to report that there will be. Riding in Utah’s scenic backcountry is one of the safest activities in which a rider can participate. It is next to…

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The interest in developing ATV trail systems is growing across Utah. People with ATVs want places to ride and counties want to provide them — and for good reason. The tourist dollars brought to a county with nearby trails are significant.

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We are a week into the new year and if you have pickled your machine thinking there is no place to ride, you have made a big mistake. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is behind us and planning a January ATV trip is just the thing to fight the winter blahs.

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Driving along I-15 from Bountiful to Layton in view of the Francis Peak radar towers, you might not know about the treasure trove of trails that exist high above the valley on these mountains. Many locals have driven a car or truck on the road to the gate at the base of the big white ball ho…

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Being aware of ATVs didn’t make me interested in them — that came later. As a boy growing up in Oklahoma, I loved riding my bike, especially on dirt trails. The Cushman scooters were popular when I was in high school, but a friend’s accident on one made me leery of motorcycles. I was content…

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Buying gifts for your ATV friends, whether it is for Christmas or a birthday, can be tricky. They are known to be pretty picky — I know, I am one of them. One Christmas, my wife gave me a 4-gallon flat gas can because she had heard me talking about them. The right thing to do would have been…

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The world of accessories has grown exponentially with the booming success of UTVs. George Hamblin, who is familiar with my ATV articles, recently sent me an email asking my opinion on must-have add-ons for a side-by-side.

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Our stay for this ATV adventure was in Escalante, right in the middle of Highway 12 — a top-rated byway in the country. Our ride through Horse Canyon began in Escalante as we trailered to our drop point.

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Having revisited the Lake Mountain Trails just last month, I decided to compare my recent ride and the original ride I took 10 years ago. In 2010, it was an account of an encounter with a desert snake on trails located across Utah Lake from Provo.