The hot happenings around the country
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
; It’s that time again. We are tempting you with vacation ideas that will
be fun for the whole family. This year
we are featuring 16 ATV jamborees
or festivals taking place across the
country. Again, there are more
opportunities in Utah, but the events
in places like Tennessee and
Pennsylvania are growing bigger
and bigger each year. The events listed here are spread out after the
Fourth of July weekend till early
We are giving you plenty of time to
get your quads tuned up and loaded
with your gear. However, if your
schedule doesn’t work, you can still
hit these hot spots during other times
of the year—that way you will avoid
the crowds. However, at many of
these events, OEMs bring demo
machines for you to test out in case
you were thinking of getting a new
ride. It’s a great way to try out a utility machine, or perhaps a new high-performance UTV. If you do take that
ultimate ATV vacation, send us a
postcard. If you don’t see your
favorite event mentioned here or you
would like to promote an event in Dirt
Wheels, drop us a line at dwletters@
hi-torque.com and tell us all about it.
1. JULY 17–21
Riley Ranch County Park, North
We can’t think of a better way to
spend a summer vacation than at one
of the most scenic ride areas in the
country. Sandfest has unique activities,
including a three-wheeler regatta, vendor area, men’s and women’s barrel
racing, show-and-shine competition,
UTV muscle pull and SxS challenge.
On the beach, there will be MX races,
relay races and poker runs, along with
open dune riding. After the riding is
over, you can take part in bonfires,
music and dancing on the sand. Plenty
of the local camping areas have dune
access: Oregon Dunes KOA
Kampground, Inc. ( 756-4851) and
Myrtlewood Factory Showroom, Inc.
RV Park (no hook-ups,  756-2220.
Colorado has some of the prettiest
landscapes in the country. You can see
the best of them at the historical ATV
Color Tour in Buena Vista each
A big highlight of the Fisher’s ATV
Reunion is the Saturday-morning kids’
ride led by TV host Brian Fisher.
ner and presentation. During the rest
of the time, guided rides will help you
explore some of the best trails in the
Cost: $100 for weekend passes.
Single-day discounts available.
Directions: Wallace is right off
Interstate 90 near the Idaho/Montana
Contact: 208-512-2269, www.high
3. JULY 31–AUGUST 4
Winchester Bay, OR
This five-day event is filled with
exciting, fun activities, including
Cost: $10. Five and under free. $30
Directions: Riley Ranch County
Park is located at milepost 227 on U.S.
Highway 101 just west of the community of Hauser, Oregon, and six miles
north of North Bend, Oregon. Riley
Ranch is adjacent to the dunes.
2. JULY 22–27
HIGH MOUNTAIN ATV JAMBOREE
This year is High Mountain ATV
Association’s 19th annual ATV jamboree held in Wallace, Idaho.
Activities surround a rodeo with full-size ATV/UTV sled pulling and a new
On Wednesday, there’s an
ATV/UTV parade (this year’s theme is
“redneck”) with free pizza after the
parade. HMATV will host a free hamburger and hot dog pot-luck dinner
on Friday night, and on Saturday