Warm and sunny spring days have melted away the snow from Eastern Sierra trails, clearing the way for the annual ATV & UTV Jamboree June 11-15.
Based in Walker and Coleville in northern Mono County, there are twenty different guided trail rides, leading riders to summit peaks, scenic vistas, and meadows teeming with wildflowers. Guests will also learn about the area’s history and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ATV and UTV (all-terrain and utility vehicle) enthusiasts.
A limited numbers of quads are allowed on each trip. Trail rides include the challenging “Rocklin Mine Trail” for advanced riders only; “Quaint Little Cabin in the Woods” for less experienced riders (a barbecue picnic en route makes for a delicious lunch break); and “Photographers Dream Ride,” accessing the Sierra’s most secret scenic spots. “To Bodie and Back” includes two hours of down time to wander the streets of Bodie State Historic Park, the largest and most impressive authentic ghost town in the west. Two overnight expeditions are also available this year – one to Virginia City and one to Hawthorne, Nevada.
“There is really no other experience in all of California like the Jamboree,” Tim Fesko, one of the event’s founders says. “It’s the perfect event for anyone with an ATV or UTV who loves riding amazing trails in truly astounding scenery.”
Fesko also notes that the event has grown exponentially since its inception, primarily due to word of mouth. Potential participants should pre-register to ensure space.
Most rides depart from the Antelope Valley Fire Station and head out onto U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands just outside of Walker and Coleville.
Vehicles are not provided and suggested gear includes a camera, sunscreen, extra gas, water, and picnic lunches (although take-out picnic options are available locally). Registration includes breakfast on every ride day and dinner on Saturday night. For more information on lodging, or to register for rides, visit www.easternsierrajamboree.com. Late registration is open through Sunday, June 9 subject to space availability.