Utah counties are discovering the benefits of appealing to the ATV community. Kane County has announced its first ATV jamboree — The Kanab Red Rock ATV Jamboree May 1-4, 2019.
The UT/AZ ATV Club has hosted a Fun Run in Kanab for the past six years. This year Kane County has joined with the ATV club to expand the scope of this event to a full-blown jamboree.
Kane County has a lot to offer the ATV community in Native American lore, pioneer history and prehistoric evidence. That is in addition to the spectacular scenery and the magic found in the Red Rock Canyons of this amazing country. I always smile when I see Kanab’s tourism slogan — “Abra Kanabra.”
The $100 fee per person covers what is described as three social breakfasts, an ice cream social Wednesday night, a Dutch oven dinner Thursday, with a host of prizes to be given out at a dinner Saturday night to close the jamboree. A jamboree T-shirt is also included in the fee. Children 12 and under are free. Lunch can be purchased for the trail at $10 each.
I love the social part of a jamboree, but the remarkable part of this jamboree is where the trails take you and what you will see. An ATV is a great way to see what you will never see from the highway.
Here is some information about the rides:
1. Hoodoo Run
This easy 45-mile ride will take you to the petroglyphs in Cowboy Cave. After circling the Red Pinnacles, you will see the amazing hoodoos of Brown Canyon. Another highlight of this ride will be a visit to some Native American water glyphs.
I was introduced to water glyphs on Lost Mesa southeast of Hurricane and have been fascinated by them ever since. By these signs carved into the rock, a person can know how far it is to the next watering hole, how to find it and something of its nature.
2. Peekaboo Slot Canyon
An easy way to explore a great slot canyon, this 40-mile ride goes right to the canyon. The hike through the narrow walls is not difficult and is full of surprises only a slot canyon can deliver. I like to look for the footholds carved into the rock by the Native Americans to access treasures stored high on the walls of this slot canyon.
It is a little disconcerting to look up and see log jams high overhead. I am always grateful to say, “I am glad I wasn’t here when that happened.”
Among other things, you will see an underground lake and some Native American ruins in Kanab Canyon. As the ride finishes, you will pass by quite an elaborate pet cemetery.
3. Shunesberg Mail Drop
Starting from the Elephant Cove trailhead, this ride takes you to the Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Track Site. The tracks stretch across a large expanse of slick rock and can be followed for some distance. The scenic views from this trail are worth the ride.
Pioneer history is also found when you visit the mail drop and gain an appreciation of the efforts made to deliver mail to the settlements.
It is called a drop because riders carrying the mail on horseback came to the edge of a steep cliff where a pulley system was set up. He attached his mailbag to the pulley and lowered it to the bottom some 2,000 feet below. A rider on the other end sent his empty bag up as the full one came down.
4. Warrior’s Walk
I have been intrigued by this piece of Native American history since I first visited it. It is a rock-lined path over a large expanse of slick rock.
Legend has it that this was a path taken by young warriors as a part of a rite of passage ceremony. Is it true? I don’t know, but quietly sitting at the edge of this site it seems to come alive in my imagination.
These are but a few of the trails offered at the first Kanab Red Rock ATV Jamboree.
When you go take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and see for yourself what it means when they say “Abra Kanabra.”
Find more information and register at www.kanabatvjamboree.com.