Record numbers for 21st Annual San Juan ATV Safari to run thru this week to Saturday
With more than 160 registered riders, the San Juan ATV Safari is expected to host the largest ATV event in San Juan County history this week.
The 21st annual event starts on Wednesday, September 13, and concludes on Saturday, September 16.
The annual Safari starts Wednesday afternoon with riders checking in from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Monticello Visitors Center.
The Wednesday night ride begins at 5 p.m. from Blanding and 5:30 p.m. from Monticello, with crews leaving from both the Blanding and Monticello Visitor Centers to meet up at a central location for an authentic Navajo Taco dinner.
Riders are reminded to bring warm clothes for the ride home.
The Safari kicks off in earnest on Thursday with riders choosing between 19 guided trail rides throughout San Juan County.
There are about eight or nine guided rides each day to a wide variety of locations across San Juan County, from high mountains to desert canyons.
Among the trail offerings include Arch Canyon, Wooden Shoe, Shay Ridge, Piute Pass and elsewhere.
Trails originate from both Blanding and Monticello and will return to their origin town each day.
Each ride is rated from easy to expert and includes the mileage.
Riders will meet each morning at 8 am, where they will be greeted by three experienced riders who are familiar with the trails that riders will tackle each day.
Despite the threat of rain, the rides will leave each day regardless of the weather.
Following full-day rides on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the event concludes with the annual Safari Banquet at the San Juan Wellness Center in Blanding.
Additional info can be found online at SanJuanATVSafari.com.