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Lynn Blamires, special for the standard examiner

This is the type of red rock landscape you’ll experience on the Toquerville Falls hike at the Tri-State Jamboree.

After being closed for two years due to the pandemic, the Tri-State Jamboree is back and open for registration. The dates have been shifted by a week from March 16 to 19 in the hope of better weather.

This first jamboree of the year is popular because the onset of spring in Washington County brings people out of winter. People who have been locked in watching snowy trails are ready to get out and ride. I have enjoyed going to this jamboree for several years because I have cabin fever with the best of them.

Fee for the jamboree is $ 150 and includes three days of guided rides, three breakfasts, an ice cream social, two dinners, a t-shirt, and tickets for thousands of dollars in prize money. Children under 6 are not required to register. Shirts for them are available for purchase at the jamboree. Fees are reduced to $ 120 for those who join the Tri-State ATV Club. Club dues are $ 20 for a single membership and $ 30 for a family.

In order to cover liability issues, all riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Young people between the ages of 8 and 15 must be in possession of an OHV studies certificate to ride on public land.

The Tri-State Jamboree offers a variety of mountain and desert trails to provide new trail experiences for seasoned cyclists and novices alike. I’ve always maintained that one of the best ways to learn where to ride is to join a jamboree. Experienced guides will not only take you on the trails, but also tell you something about the history of the country you are riding.

Lynn Blamires, special for the standard examiner

A Kodak Moment – Cross Le Verkin Creek above Toquerville Falls.

With the change of dates, two of the trails had to be taken off the agenda as they pass through desert turtle habitat and the turtles are expected to come out of hibernation on March 15. These are the Castle Cliffs and Joshua Forest trails. However, two new trails have been added which are a lot of fun to walk. These are attractions No. 21 Toquerville Falls and No. 2 Nephi Pasture.

I would descend south to hike the Toquerville Falls trail even without going to the jamboree. The ride departs directly from the jamboree seat without the need for towing to the trailhead. It takes you up a ridge that overlooks Quail Creek Reservoir, then descends to the road to Leeds. The trail continues to Babylon. I know I was curious to learn what Babylon was and so will you. It is now a ghost town and has been since 1877 when the Stormont mine closed.

The sandy trails will take you from there through a beautiful area of ​​red rocks to Toquerville where you will follow the north side of town on the edge of a canyon. Finally, the trail descends to the La Verkin stream, which you will cross at the top of Toquerville Falls. This place was designed for perfect Kodak moments. The ride is fun and easy, and the country is spectacular.

It’s really not fair to choose just one ride, as there are so many other great rides on display at this jamboree. Number 15 in the barracks is the one my wife loves. Winding sandy tracks have back-to-back banked turns that are so fun to ride, you can’t help but smile. We especially enjoyed the panoramic views of Zion National Park, The Blocks, Canaan Mountain, and Elephant Butte.

Another favorite is the Nephi # 2 pasture. This trail was one of the segments of the five day Kanab to Kamas hike that I hiked in 2020. Inch worm arch and pink cliffs are the highlights of this hike.

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No. 7 Peek-A-Boo is a fun ride. It bears the name of the slot canyon which is visited at the start of the walk. The trail leads there, giving cyclists the opportunity to squeeze in and explore. A unique feature of this slot canyon is the steps that were carved into one of the walls used by the ancients to access the access points above. You’ll also notice driftwood lodged high in the canyon – a reminder of how dangerous a slot canyon is in the event of a flood.

Two other slot canyons are featured on this walk that are a bit off the trail but worth exploring. Here are some of the fun attractions to choose from during this jamboree. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and check out the details at thetristateatvclub.com/jamboree.

Contact Lynn R. Blamires at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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