UTAH’S 2023 OUTLAW ATV/UTV JAMBOREE
BEHIND THE WHEEL: FIRST 2023 JAM IN USA'S ONLY EAST-WEST MOUNTAIN RANGE
Dirt Bike Magazine Editor Ron Lawson once completed a amateur-special, alpine-mountain stage of the Tour de France bicycle race and wrote, “The scenery was breathtaking, but I had no breath to take.”
Utah’s majestic mountains and red-rock formations are like that, but, if you experience them in a UTV, you’ll have plenty of breath to take. I got to experience northeast Utah’s Uinta Mountains during a fall snowstorm in the new Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000 and 800 introduction in 2017, and it was a blast getting sideways in “The State of Sport.” And, yes, the high-altitude scenery was breathtaking. The Uinta Mountains are the only American range that run east-west.
Over the past few years, I’ve driven to Utah for jamborees and press events five or more times a year, and, each time, I discover something new that makes me want to come back even more. The OHV-friendly state built the 238+ mile Paiute Trail to connect two thousand of miles of Forest Service roads and 800 miles of OHV trails, and the Paiute Trail System now hosts three of Utah’s 10 yearly UTV/ATV jamborees. See www.atvutah.com to order the newest Paiute Trail map.
While we lost one of those 10 this year, we’re happy to report that the Moab Rally on the Rocks relocated to Sand Hollow State Park and became the SxS Adventure Rally on the Rocks. While Moab still has plenty of UTV rental and guided-ride companies, we’ll miss the annual ROTR, having been to all but one. No worries, and northeast Utah will be represented in 2023 with the Outlaw ATV/UTV Jam on May 31st-June 3rd in and around Vernal, Utah.
On the Outlaw Jam website, they list 33 loop rides, with most being guided and a few being self-guided. Some skirt the Dinosaur National Monument and the White River, and the eastern side of the Uinta Mountains contain the Ashley National Forest. I’m looking forward to exploring the Uintas at the Outlaw ATV/UTV Jamboree and returning to Utah this spring for the SxS Adventure ROTR.
While the schedule of events hasn’t been posted for the 2023 Outlaw Jam, the 2022 jam had guided rides, Vendor Row, sponsor- and vendor-provided raffle prizes, a BBQ, Dine Around Vernal, breakfasts and prize drawings, a Dutch Oven Cookout, and a night ride leaving from Naples Park, for $85 per person. Keep and eye on www.outlawatvjam.com or call (800) 477-5558 for more information. Email them at [email protected]
All of Utah’s UTV jams showcase the rugged beauty and challenge of its OHV trails and prove that it’s truly “The State of Sport.” The more I hear that phrase, it does have a better ring than, “Utah, The Wonderful World of Erosion.” Check out the UTV Action Jamboree Schedule in Inside Scoop for 2023 jamboree contact information, and get behind the wheel, if not sideways!