Kanab Creek Bridge which will be crossed
2017 Hog Canyon rider
The Hog Canyon Trail system
The Mosdell Hill
2017 OHV Fun Run May 19 to May 21, 2017.
This years Fun Run was a great success.
We want to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the delighful weather this year. We had over 175 OHV's on our Hog canyon Trailsover the three day period.
There was lots of great prizes awarded to the lucky winners. The food catering was great and everyone reports having a great time.
Make your plans for next years Fun Run: Watch this website for details.
UTAH/ARIZONA ATV CLUB
ATV Club members time for our first 2017 overnight ride
JUNE 2 to 3, 2017
ATV Club OHV Overnight Ride: Friday and Saturday, to Escalante overnight. and return.
Rally Point: From the west, and Kanab: Meet at the old Stampin Up facility, (Windgate) US 89, 8 miles east of Kanab before 7:30AM.
Departing: promptly at 7:30 AM. Trailer rigs to Big Water (meeting any other riders at the Big Water turn off at about 8:30 AM) Departing immediately.
We will be staging: from Big Water, just off the Smokey Mountain road turnoff from US Highway 89 at approximately 8:30 AM.
Make your Motel Reservations early:Rooms at the Prospector Inn, Escalante, UT are $78 including tax. They take telephone reservations and can be cancelled up to a day before. Phone: 435 826-4653
(Tell them you are with the UT/AZ ATV Club from Kanab, UT). Joe Orman said the Prospector Inn was sold out as of 5-23-17.
The ATV Club will have two emergency medical kits and our GPS Spot emergency locators.
The Ride: Via the Croton Road returning or via the Smokey Mountain road. (Or vice-versa the route is determined by the Trail Boss, Bain Swapp). This ride is a favorite of the Club. It is a strenuous and lengthy ride in both directions. This ride is for veteran riders.
Ride rated difficult: due to possible washed out areas, very steep grades, heights, weather conditions and lengths which are estimated to be, 100 plus miles going up the Croton road and 80 plus miles, or longer, from Escalante back to the staging area via the Smokey Mtn. Road.
This ride accommodates all OHV widths. Check your OHV’s mechanical condition, Bring extra gas, lunches and personal gear. Be prepared for all weather conditions. This ride can be extremely dusty, but may change in a minute to mud, or flash flood conditions. Not recommended for the new rider, or people with height vertigo.
Ride Description: Upon leaving Big Water on the Smokey Mtn. Road, we will be heading NE, the scenery becomes immediately outstanding with views across Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain to the south into Arizona. We continue below the stark cliffs, gray clays and gold sandstone with unusual beauty used as the background in numerous movies. Turning off the Smokey Mtn. road we go onto the Croton Road #340 going towards 50 Mile Mtn. After a long ride, we reach the turn off to the north. The long climb up the Croton Road begins and goes through some of Utah’s most interesting geological areas, called the burning hills. On top, (50 Mile Mountain) we will stop at a Cliff House Anasazi pueblo before dropping off into Left Hand Collet Canyon. Taking this route out to the Hole in the Rock road and turning north towards Escalante. The ride along the Hole in the Rock road is fast pace. Look for Devils Garden to the left. Watch the traffic of the tourists along this stretch. We soon reach the Cedar Wash road taking it to Escalante, passing Cedar Wash Arch and Covered Wagon Natural Arch.
Upon reaching Escalante, fuel up your OHV, buy your snacks, there is a Subway there in Escalante at the Phillips 66 Station. The group usually goes to dinner at 6:30PM driving our OHV’s to the Cowboy Blues up the street from the Prospector Inn. (There was once a restaurant at the Prospector Inn, closed last year). Just across the street is the Circle D Eatery which is also a nice restaurant where we generally eat our breakfast.
Saturday Morning: We start rallying at around 8:30 AM next to the parking lot of the Prospector Inn Motel. Make sure you are fueled up, got your lunch, and are ready to depart at 9:00 AM Sharp. Please let the Trail Boss know if there are any change of plans.
We will depart up Utah SR: 12 to the west to the turn off to the Smokey Mountain Road, #300. You enter a colorful canyonlands, passing the turn-off to Death Ridge. The road is fast paced with stops to look at a few Anasazi granaries. Once you reach Smokey Mountain it becomes rougher and rockier. It can be tough going if wet even for OHV’s. Out on the mesa we pass ‘Heads of the Creeks’ road and Pilot Knoll. Soon we will pass a turn off to the namesake of Smokey Mtn. the coal seam holes which the very pungent smoke of these ancient fires exit the earth. We reach the Kelly Grade, such a dugway which defies imagination. Caution; make sure your machine is okay and the brakes are working. Once down this 8-mile grade we are back to the long and usually hot ride back to Big Water, and our staging area via the previous day’s route in reverse.
Each person is responsible to make sure that the following rider is aware of all turns. Stop and make sure that the following rider knows where you are going. (Look for a hand wave and respond likewise). If the rider following you does not appear; stop and wait, eventually the entire group will stop. Do not follow too close, and moderate your speeds and distances. Please keep pace with the rider ahead of you so not to slow down the following riders. If you are unsure of your ability ‘stop’ and ask for assistance.
Contact person: SR ‘Sam’ Smith
Utah/Arizona ATV Club