San Juan ATV Safari to take place this weekend
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All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts will explore the mountains, canyons and back country this week at the 2013 San Juan ATV Safari. The three-day event will take place September 12 to 14, with trail rides scheduled throughout the county.

Organizers are working hard to host a record number of registrants for this year’s event.

From the top of the Blue Mountains in the center of San Juan County to the depths of the surrounding canyons, the ATV extravaganza surrounds participants in the beauty and excitement available only in the Canyonlands Country of San Juan County.

Leaving after registration from the Visitors Centers in both Blanding and Monticello, riders will ride to a central meeting spot for a chance to make friends and enjoy a bite to eat.  

ATV enthusiasts will experience three fantastic days of world-class riding with a banquet and entertainment at the close of the event.

Nineteen different trails are available. Many are appropriate from the mild first-timer to the wild for advanced riders.

Knowledgeable, considerate and competent leaders all of whom are intimately familiar with the trail will lead each experience.

To highlight a couple of many examples: The Bridger Jack Trail (rated moderate) starts just off of Highway 211 near the Dugout Ranch in Indian Creek Canyon. This trail travels through the red rock country and gives spectacular scenic views of North Cottonwood, Lavender Canyon, Salt Creek, Stevens Canyon, and the Six Shooters. There are also archaeological sites along the trail. This is a UTV Accessible Trail.

On the more difficult to extreme side of adventure is the “Hook and Ladder” which is a maze of trails with unprecedented views of the La Sal Mountains and a view through the backside of Wilson Arch.

Indescribable views of red rock fins, canyons, and overlooks will greet the visitor. Assistance with difficult terrain will be provided as needed. The trail traverses lands managed by the BLM on a UTV Accessible Trail.

To insure safety and fun for all participants, organizers remind participants to observe all safety tips, state and local ATV ordinances. They include:

• Observe same traffic laws as other vehicles.

• ATV’s yield right-of-way to automobiles at all times. Parts of the trail are also used for larger vehicles, so be cautious and yield right-of-way to them while riding.

• ATV’s shall yield to horseback riders who may be using the same trail. When meeting horseback riders please pull off the trail and turn off your engine, allowing the horse to pass without being spooked by your machine.

• All ATV trails and roads are subject to two-way traffic. Please use extreme caution when riding to avoid head-on collisions. Be courteous when allowing other riders to pass.

• ATV use in cities and towns is restricted to designated routes except to directly access motels, gas stations and other related services and activities, and for direct access to the trail. Each city and town has certain streets designated as ATV routes. Please use and respect these designated streets, other users, and yield to normal vehicle traffic.

• Please stay on designated trails and prevent disturbance and misuse of public lands. Riding on public lands is a privilege. Please help preserve it.

• Utah State law requires operators of ATV’s be eight years or older. Operators between eight and 16 years must be State certified to ride on public lands. Any rider between eight and 16 who is certified or otherwise legal in his or her home state can legally ride in the State of Utah for a period of 14 days. Parents or guardians of younger riders are required to provide close supervision while riding.

• All riders, regardless of skill, are required to wear safety equipment helmets, goggles and boots.

For more info or to register, call 800-574-4386.
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