7 to tour 43 state parks on off-highway vehicles, public trails

Sep 13 2012 - 8:03pm

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The second annual Utah "border-to-border" ride will begin Saturday morning at the Utah/Idaho border near Bear Lake State Park.

This year, instead of the traveling in an air-conditioned recreation vehicle, the group will tour Utah's state parks from border to border on off-highway vehicles.

The trip of more than 735 miles will conclude Sept. 21 at Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park near the Utah/Arizona border, said Barbara Riddle, Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

"The idea of the Utah border-to-border ride was hatched at the conclusion of last year's '43 state parks in 72 hours' adventure, and will showcase the beauty and splendor of Utah's beautiful backcountry and extensive trail system," Riddle said.

Joining Riddle on the ride will be Chris Dallin, Tim Hughes, Russell Smith, Bill Francis and Vaughn Jacobsen, who all participated in last year's park visits.

Utah State Parks Recreational Trails specialist Dale Bartholomew and Gregg Belnap and Brandon Beauregard, of Triple-S Polaris of Ogden and Cedar City, also will participate in the ride.

Chevron is a major sponsor of the event and will pay for all fuel and incidental costs.

Riddle said no taxpayer money will be used for this event.

"As we mapped out our route, we wanted to ride it in a way that the average Utah ATV and off-highway vehicle rider could make the trip, with only public trails included," Dallin said.

"We're connecting via OHV trails, the north to the south, with trails through 10 of our 29 counties," he said.

"Another goal of the ride is to introduce more people to the fun, adventure and safety of the ATV/OHV sport and the wide variety of approved trails throughout the state," Smith said.

The seven-day ride coincides with the 20th annual Rocky Mountain OHV Jamboree, which runs Sept. 17-21 in Richfield.

The border-to-border trippers will share video and photos at 2012utahbordertoborderATVride.com.

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