Last year saw the first annual Beaver County Trails Jamboree. Held in May, it is quickly establishing itself as a premier event.
Building on last year’s success, the jamboree has expanded the number of guided rides from seven to 14. Nearly 200 riders have registered so far this year.
Riders register and pick their rides online. The jamboree opens Tuesday, May 14, and ends Friday, May 17. Riders pick up their packets beginning at 1 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., participants will take a 25-mile ride to Minersville Lake for a Dutch oven dinner and free drawing.
The $85 registration fee includes this dinner, along with three “Beaver Style Breakfasts,” an ice cream social and a barbecue dinner on Friday. A jamboree T-shirt is also included.
Beaver has everything from motels to camping and RV hookups. An assortment of eating establishments is available or you can get supplies in town and cook your own meals.
The new ride offerings showcase more of what Beaver County has to offer in unusual geography. The contrast between the Tushar Mountains formed from volcanic activity on the east compared to the granite composition of the Mineral Mountains in the west is remarkable.
Breakfast is set for 6:30 a.m., followed by a meeting with the ride leaders. At 8 a.m., riders are scheduled for departure.
Each ride is unique to the geography of Beaver:
1. The Lincoln Mine
This intermediate ride showcases the Lincoln Mining District, which includes the first lead mine in Utah. Miners struck an underground aquifer at the Creole Mine and water still pours out of the mine to this day.
2. Rock Corral Loop
Challenging hill climbs make this an intermediate ride. Featuring large granite monoliths and peaks unique to the Mineral Mountains, this ride also includes some unusual American Indian rock art.
3. Picture Rock Trail
Voted the “most popular” ride of the 2018 jamboree, this easy ride goes into the Tushar Mountains with many water crossings. The ride is named after shale rock with intricate designs resembling art pieces found on this ride.
4. Historic Cove Fort Ride
This easy ride includes a stop at the refurbished Cove Fort that played a key role in Utah history.
Listed as an intermediate-plus ride, it is challenging but not daunting. It gets its name from the rough jagged terrain. No rattlesnakes have been seen on this ride.
6. Mag’s Brothel
This is an intermediate ride on fun, twisty trails that makes a stop at a historic brothel and bath house. Another highlight of this ride is a primitive home chiseled out of a giant boulder.
7. Cave Canyon
A ride up Cave Canyon features some amazing vistas. A stop in Milford at a local diner will make this ride fun.
8. Oak Basin
Listed as intermediate-plus, this ride travels the Fremont Wash country. It then passes through Lower Bear Valley into Dog Valley.
9. Twist Creek
Restricted to 50-inch machines, this intermediate ride ventures into the Tushar range and may be hindered by snow pack.
10. Bear Valley
This intermediate ride is a round trip to Panguitch for lunch at the Flying M Restaurant. It features thrilling hill climbs and scenic canyons.
11. Parowan Gap
This intermediate ride features the famous petroglyphs of Parowan Gap and a look at some dinosaur tracks.
12. Charcoal Kilns
Charcoal was needed in the mining process. Riders will get a look at the kilns and learn why charcoal was needed. An exciting ride to the top of Frisco Peak is also included.
13. Lamerdorf Peak
This ride through the Wah Wah Mountains is an opportunity to see some unique country in western Beaver County. If nothing else, it is just fun to say Wah Wah.
14. Lookout Point
This short but challenging ride will offer some amazing views. A visit to the ice caves used to store ice by early pioneers is also included.
15. Baker Canyon
An advanced ride to a quarry where rock was taken for early homes, the ride also features a place where Spanish explorers carved their names.
16. Princess Rock
An easy ride to some petroglyphs, the story of the remains of a Native American princess found here is told.
An ATV is a great way to see so much of what Beaver County has to offer. Register at www.visit.beavercountry.com. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and plan to be a part of this new jamboree.