Standard-Examiner

ATV Adventures: Scenery and fun at the Paiute Trail Jamboree

Thursday , June 28, 2018 - 5:00 AM

On the lower end of the Deer Creek Trail, one of the trails featured at the Paiute Trail Jamboree.

Photo supplied/Lynn Blamires

On the lower end of the Deer Creek Trail, one of the trails featured at the Paiute Trail Jamboree.

LYNN BLAMIRES
Standard-Examiner columnist

The Paiute ATV Trail is a premier destination for OHV riders. Several jamborees showcase this great trail system. One of them is slated for Aug. 8-11 in Marysvale, Utah.

Situated in the heart of the Paiute Trail System, Marysvale is the ideal spot from which to access some of the most beautiful sections of this trail system.

Organized by the Sevier Travel Council and Piute County, the Paiute Trail Jamboree is unique in that there are no fees to register. Participants can purchase meals and T-shirts, but it is not a package deal.

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If you plan to be there for every meal, the cost would be $79.50 per person. Food for this event is catered by Big Daddy’s Deli of Richfield and includes full hot breakfasts and dinners. A schedule of events is available on the registration form along with a description of the meals.

The event offers two days of guided trails that riders sign up for between 7 and 11:30 a.m. on the first day. Sign-up is not a part of registration, so the early riders get the first choice of rides and each ride is limited to 30 machines.

After rides have been picked, the jamboree opens with a self-guided poker run. Each rider is given a free hand and additional hands can be purchased for $5 each.

The evening includes a beautiful ride to Circleville with an opening ceremony and chuck wagon dinner at the boyhood home of Butch Cassidy. Live entertainment will be provided by Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts and a group of mountain men.

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Open riding on Friday gives people a chance to ride in smaller groups and pick their own trails. Special trail maps have been designed to guide riders to the best trails in this part of the trail system. Copies of these maps will be available to everyone after the jamboree for a nominal fee at businesses in Marysvale.

For those who don’t go out on the trail on Friday, a series of events in the park are offered. One of these is called the Show N Shine where UTV drivers show off their machines. Here you will find drivers who are proud of their rides, displaying light bars and lighted poles, fancy tire and wheel combinations, and accessories you never even knew existed.

Other events in the park include a blind man’s obstacle course where the driver is blind folded and the passenger talks him through the track. A King of the Trail competition offers drivers a chance to pit their skills against other riders in a timed event on a challenging track.

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Also featured are a kids mud race and a belly flop competition into the kind of mud pit you would normally avoid — to deliberately dive into it is crazy. Well, maybe the prize might be worth it.

I am familiar with many of the trails offered in the guided rides of this jamboree. They offer some of the best mountain scenery Utah has to offer.

MONROE MOUNTAIN

This ride is about 65 miles long and goes east and north out of Marysvale to Monroe and then climbs to the top of Monroe Mountain, one of the highest points on the trail. The top of the mountain offers some incredible views.

ADELAIDE RENDEZVOUS

This 100-mile route goes up the picturesque Deer Trail to the Silver King Mine, a restored outdoor museum. It continues over Winkler Point and down the lower Kimberly’s, which is rich in mining history. Then riders take a fast track north on trail No. 15 to the Adelaide Campground for lunch. The route back goes through Joseph up some switchbacks, over the top and back to Marysvale.

THE SPARE RIB SPECIAL

A spectacular ride over the mountain into Koosharem, a highlight of this trail is lunch at the Koosharem Café. You can get the ribs or order from the menu — you are on your own.

Other trails offered are new to me, which is another reason I keep going back to this trail system. When you go, take plenty of water and keep the rubber side down. You can sign up for the Paiute Trail Jamboree at paiutejam.com.

Lynn Blamires can be contacted at quadmanone@gmail.com.