The Mormon Lake UTV Jamboree was held this spring at the Mormon Lake Lodge southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. The UTV Rally was put on by the same people who promote Arizona’s International Off-Road & UTV Expos, and many of the jamboree’s vendors also attend the Arizona Expos. The Mormon Lake UTV Jamboree had guided daily rides leaving at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the beautiful Coconino National Forest on Friday and Saturday. Coconino contains thousands of miles of trails in beautiful, healthy forests. Trails included graded Forest Service roads, logging roads, and unmaintained trails of varying terrain for all skill levels, and trail rides ranged from 35 to 50 miles so that riders could be sure to have time for the many other activities the rally offered.

The fifth annual Mormon Lake UTV Jamboree was hosted by the Mormon Lake Lodge, and daily trail rides explored the vast and diverse Coconino National Forest. Maintained trails led to more technical ones, and there were diverse destinations like camps, parks, mines and mountaintops.
Vendor Village had almost three dozen companies representing several Arizona aftermarket producers and major dealerships, plus Kawasaki, CST Tires and Maxxis Tires.

Thousands of people attended the rally, with the Mormon Lake Lodge having 74 RV campsites with hookups plus dry camping, and there was another campground with 80 spots. All were filled, and thousands camped for free in the Coconino National Forest. People can camp for 14 days before having to move, sometimes only a few feet, to another campsite. Promoters sold five times the entries they had expected. There were nightly bonfires with s’mores and product giveaways, afternoon Hooptie-X races both days with beater $600 cars, afternoon Kawasaki Teryx 800 S and KRX1000 demo rides, a daily Vendor Village with jamboree specials and installations, and more family entertainment. Many attendees also explored the awesome trails on their own and visited the Vendor Village for great deals on new products and to try out the new 2021 Kawasakis.

The Coconino National Forest spans some 1.86 million acres and is among America’s most diverse, with ponderosa pine forests, a volcanic cinder OHV area and the red rock formations around Sedona. It offers everything from alpine tundra to southwestern desert, but we like it for the thousands of miles of OHV trails.
Kawasaki hosted the rally and offered Teryx KRX 1000 demo rides on the all-new KRX eS with Live Valve electronic shocks, plus the new long-travel Teryx 800 S.
Tactical Application Vehicles (TAV) made the trek from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to display a couple of their sweet adventure X3s and Overlander 4x4s. Check out or call (505) 219-3147 to check out the line of rooftop tents, awnings and other Overlander products.

Traditionally, the Rally is held the last weekend in April, but it was postponed a week for 2021, and the weather was beautiful. UTV Action had a great time at the event and plans on attending next year. Mormon Lake Lodge is a great place to beat the heat in high-country Arizona this summer and fall, and we found an awesome 62-inch trail (#241) just a few miles from rally headquarters. Stay tuned to UTV Action magazine for 2022 dates, and we’ll report on new trails in the Coconino National Forest as we find them. Mormon Lake Lodge also has cabins for rent, a steakhouse, a pizzeria, horseback riding, a kids’ trout pond and holds other events, including weddings. It opened in 1924 in the heyday of ranching and logging in Arizona. The Off-Road Camping Expo will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center December 10–12, 2021.

Rugged Radios had a huge 18-wheeler wrapped with MidAmerica Outdoors livery, and the sales floor inside had the latest and greatest in communications, clean-air pumps, helmets, race receivers, and gear and accessories for everything from air-boats and aviation to UTVs.
The American Sand Association was on hand to gather support for lawsuits and projects, and raffled off a RZR XP 4 to support saving the Oceano Dunes. Arizona State Parks and OHV trails was also on hand to spread the word on all Arizona has to offer off-roaders.
The U.S. Army has been called the largest OHV club in America and had an Overlander tent set up to make its recruiting pitch to young attendees.


See UTV Action’s report on another great jamboree here: MARYSVALE UTAH FREE UTV JAMBOREE AUGUST 11-14 2021 – UTV Action Magazine


Mormon Lake Lodge

1991 Mormon Lake Road

Mormon Lake, AZ 86038

(877) 386-4283

(928) 354-2227 (reservations)

Arizona Expos

1035 N McQueen Road #110

Gilbert, AZ 85233

(480) 899-6458

[email protected]

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