PAIUTE TRAIL UTV JAMBOREE

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Marysvale, Utah, hosted the ninth annual Paiute Trail Jamboree with more than 600 UTVs participating in free daily trail rides during the four-day festival. The Paiute Jam is one of eight held yearly on the celebrated 275-mile Paiute Trail #01, with thousands of miles of USFS two-track branching off of the main loop, and the August event is the only one to be free for trail riders and competition participants. Rally participants buy daily meal tickets, event T-shirts and raffle tickets, but the rides are free to all. Held at Marysvale City Park, the jamboree is sponsored by Jorgenen’s Powersports of nearby Richfield, along with a big list of vendors and sponsors.

Guided rides take rally-goers to 11,000 feet and above timberline, opening up to spectacular views of the Tushar Mountain Range.

Promoters also plan something new and exciting every year to keep it fresh; last year’s jam started with a luau on the beach of Piute Reservoir, complete with Polynesian dancers, a pig roast, raffle and Argo demo rides on the lake. This year had a completely different vibe. Celebrating one of Piute County’s most famous and notorious residents, the jamboree kicked off with a self-guided ride south of Circleville to the childhood home of Robert Leroy Parker, who grew up to become the famed outlaw Butch Cassidy. Yes, some of the trails used on the Paiute Trail Jamboree were used by Butch and the Sundance Kid and the Hole in the Wall gang to flee the law after robberies. Day one started with a ride on the Butch Cassidy trail, followed by heritage folk music, cowboy poetry, a jamboree welcome ceremony and a chuck-wagon dinner.

The blind man’s obstacle course is always enjoyable to watch as blindfolded drivers receiving directions often get hilarious instructions from their copilots—at a slow, safe speed of course.

THEY WENT THATAWAY!

Rides started early Thursday, with many rally-goers heading up to 11,000 feet and above timberline, where mountain hosts frolic in the rocks of the Tushar Mountain Range. The Monroe Mountain ride takes your breath away, with an awesome vista and a 11,222-foot peak, then it snakes down the mountain to the Manning Meadow Reservoir for rock skipping or fishing. There are specialty rides like the Couples Special and Cottonwood Loop Mining History rides, with most guided rides being beginner or intermediate in skill level and 30–100 miles in length. For more advanced drivers, there is a 60-inch UTV ride with challenging trails and great scenery. Following Thursday’s rides, vendor swag was raffled off to lucky winners.

Yes, some of the trails used on the Paiute Trail Jamboree were traveled by Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall gang to flee the law after robberies.
Day one started with a ride on the Butch Cassidy trail, followed by heritage folk music, cowboy poetry, a jamboree welcome ceremony and a chuck-wagon dinner.

HITCHES IN YOUR GIDDY-UP

Day one also included a self-guided poker run, and day three was devoted to events and competitions in the city park. After a hearty country breakfast, the show ’n’ shine highlighted trick and specialty UTVs before getting the machines dirty in a series of fun events. The blind man’s obstacle course is always a hoot, with blindfolded drivers receiving often hilarious instructions from their copilots. Next came UTV soccer, with huge soccer balls being swatted by UTVs, followed by a toned-down king of the trail obstacle course (last year was gnarly with serious mud holes). The kids got in on the fun with a spartan-style mud race and an always-fun belly-flop contest, and donations from the spectators made the competition even better. Saturday launched more guided rides into the hideouts of the Hole in the Wall gang, followed by the grand raffle, live entertainment, catered dinner and announcement of the winners of the Paiute Trail Jamboree photo contest.

No, this is not one of the vendor displays at the jamboree. Here rally participants got to see some of the weapons used back in the Butch Cassidy era.

Better yet, the Paiute Trail Jamboree is now one of five Adventure Series events on the Paiute trail—the Halloween Howl was held on October 27th, and 2019 events will include the Cabin Fever Ride (Feb. 23rd), Easter Egg Rendezvous (April 20th) and Pappa Bear Run (June 15th). Although it hasn’t been made official, expect next year’s Paiute Trail Jamboree to be held August 7–10th.

AREA ATV/UTV RENTALS

• ATVgetaways.com, 351. W. 400 S, Circleville, UT 84723; (435) 577-2442

• Hoover’s River Resort & Grill, 3718 N. Hwy. 89, Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4252

• Lizzie & Charlie’s RV Park, 99 S. Main, St. Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4213

• ATV Adventures & Recreation/Piute ATV, 99 S. Main St., Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4549

• Rose Ranch Resort, 1240 N. Hwy 89, Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-2022

HOTELS, MOTELS & RV PARKS

• Big Rock Candy Mountain Lodge & RV, 4479 N. Hwy 89, Marysvale, UT 84750; (866) 999-9961

• Bullion Beauty Vacation Rental, 217 E. Center St., Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4613

• Bunkhouse Motel, 291 W. 470 S., Circleville, UT 84723; (435) 577-2116

• Butch Cassidy’s Hideout Motel & Café, 339 S. Hwy 89, Circleville, UT 84723; (435) 577-2008

• Circleville RV Park & Store, 85 S. Hwy 89, Circleville, UT 84723; (435)577-2437

• Junction Motel, 300 S. Main St., Junction, UT 84740: (435) 577-2629

• Junction RV Park, 145 W. Center St., Junction, UT 84740: (435) 577-2744

• Lizzie & Charlie’s RV Park, 99 S. Main, St. Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4213

• Marysvale Motel 4-U, 240 N. Main St., Marysvale, UT 84750; (435)321-2478

• Moore’s Old Pine Inn, 110 S. Main St., Marysvale, UT 84750: (435) 326-4565

• Otter Creek RV & Marina, 400 E. SR22, Otter Creek, UT 84712: 435) 624-8712

• Paiute Trails Inn, 315 N. Main St., Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4414

• Rocky Ridge Resort & RV, 197 N. Rocky Ridge Rd., Marysvale, UT 84701; (435) 691-0037

• South-Forty RV Park, 1170 N. Hwy 89, Marysvale, UT 84750; (435) 326-4404

CONTACT:

Paiute Trail Jamboree

550 N Main

Marysvale, UT 84740

(435) 326-4255

www.paiutejam.com

Fishlake National Forest

115 E. 900 North

Richfield, UT 84701

(435) 896-9233

www.fs.fed.us/r4/fishlake

BLM Richfield Field Office

150 E. 900 North

Richfield, UT 84701

(435) 896-1500

www.ut.blm.gov

Piute County Travel information

(435) 577-2949

Utah Travel Information

(800) 200-1160

www.atvutah.com

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