The little town of Richfield, Utah, sits nestled in a high valley flanked by towering mountain ranges. Since Richfield rests at an elevation of 5280 feet, the surrounding mountains tower indeed, many poking up more than 11,000 feet into thin air. This is definitely the place to get away from it all—especially if you’re looking for a riding destination where you can enjoy some extensive off-road adventures.
Each September, ATV enthusiasts from around the country gather in Richfield to do just that during the weeklong Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree. For off-road enthusiasts, the Jamboree and the many trails surrounding Richfield offer a very special riding experience, one that has come into existence thanks to the work of some visionary people and an extraordinary degree of cooperation between officials from city, county, state and federal agencies.
With more than 1200 miles of trails available for riding within the Paiute Trail and Great Western Trails, the Jamboree offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about this extensive trail system, especially if this is your first time riding in this area. The Jamboree features 70 guided rides divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced ratings, so this six-day event provides an opportunity to get to know the trails, meet fellow ATV riders and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Some starting points reach out to distant towns or trailheads—as far as 75 miles to the town of Torrey, which is close to Capitol Reef National Park, and that opens the way to fresh riding opportunities, year after year. Many of the businesses in town sponsor rides, which adds to the neighborly feel of the Jamboree, and the locals truly go above and beyond to make visiting riders feel right at home in Richfield.
We had a great time attending the 2012 Jamboree, and it’s not too soon to start planning for next year’s event. You can find information about the dates for the Jamboree at www.richfieldareachamber.com.