Every year for the past 49, Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Safari has boasted being one of the biggest Jeep and 4×4 events in Southern California. The off-road gathering takes place at  Truckhaven, which is now part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, with the three-day event offering everything from trail rides, obstacle courses, vendor alleys and more. Next year marks the 50th running of the event, which will take place Friday, March 2, through until Sunday, Mach 4th. Visit www.tds4x4.com for more information.

For full coverage and photo highlights of the 49th Tierra Del Sol, click here.

Photo by Jaime Hernandez

Are you a seasoned techno-treasure hunter? Or, have you always wanted to learn how to use that GPS you got for Christmas last year? Geocachers of any experience level: the 3rd Annual Roughneck Rendezvous Off-Highway Geocaching Adventure is for you! This completely FREE event is going to be better than ever!

Grab your GPS and come ready to learn about amazing plants and animals as well as the colorful characters and unique history of Ocotillo Wells during the Geocache Scavenger Hunt.

Help keep OW a safe and clean place to ride with our Cache In, Trash Out event. And what’s a better way to end a great weekend than enjoying a delicious barbeque lunch?

We hope to see you there. It is sure to be a good time!
-Ocotillo Wells Interpretive Department

For more information, call 760/767-5772.

Sidekick Off Road’s Off Road Event Calendar for 2012 is now available. The 2012 calendar marks the 23rd year in publication. Like in years past, the 2012 calendar has exciting 4WD photos and information about off road events throughout the United States.

Sidekick’s 2012 Off Road Event Calendar will help you fill the year with four wheeling trips and help you avoid conflicts. Each month has a 12″ x 9″ full-color photo showing popular trails and areas. The calendar lists information on 180+ nationwide events in over 27 states on the day they are scheduled to happen. Listed events include off road races, guided tours, club runs, expeditions, rock crawling championships, poker runs, association fundraisers, rallies, jamborees, conventions, adventure rides, expos, and shows. Large grid squares each month allow plenty of room to make daily notes of other important events.

Sidekick Off Road’s 2012 Off Road Event Calendar is available at Off Road Stores for $9.95 or online.  Pickup yours today. Quantities limited.


If you love the MUD, this is the place to be! Mud Creek Off-Road Park is hosting Brian Fisher and his crew with the Keepin’ It Real Tour Bus to show off some of their trails and mud riding techniques!  With over 4,000 acres to ride, this ATV Park will show us how they do it, Texas style!  Mud Creek Off-Road Park, which is located in the Piney Woods Region of East Texas, is made up of rolling green hills, wooded patches, and small bridges that were built to allow access to all areas of the park.  Whether you like to stay on dry land or play in the MUD, Mud Creek Off-Road Park has it all!  For more information on the Mud Creek Off Road Park, visit  http://mudcreekoffroadpark.com .

The Fisher’s ATV World 2011 “Keepin’ It Real” Tour is a great opportunity for off-road riders and their families to meet Brian Fisher, get an autograph and share stories of their trail adventures. There will be lots of giveaways from various tour partners, which include Lucas Oil, Discount Tire Direct, ITP Tires and Wheels, Hatfield & McCoy Trail, Rick’s Motorsport Electrics, Warn Industries, Quadboss, Brimstone Recreation and Genuine Innovations. Fisher’s ATV World “Fish Gear” will also be available at each tour location.

For more information and the complete schedule of “Keepin’ It Real” Tour dates and locations, visit the tour web site at http://keepinitreal.fishersatvworld.com/

POMONA, CALIF. – The 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will invade the Pomona Fairplex Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, October 9, with BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) as the official event charity.  Advance tickets purchased with the special promotion code BRC2011 at www.offroadexpo.com will net $1.00 for every ticket sold to BRC.

This year’s expo is supporting the national grassroots efforts of the BlueRibbon Coalition by featuring the many successes and fundamental mission of BRC.  “We are pleased to have BlueRibbon Coalition as our official charity for 2011,” said Mike Moore, President of Family Events, the company that produces Off Road Expo. “Their dedication to preserving trails for all types of recreational usage is important to the entire off-road community so to assist in the fundraising efforts, one dollar from each 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo ticket purchased at www.offroadexpo.com with promotion code BRC2011, will be donated to the BlueRibbon Coalition. In addition, any online ticket buyer will have the opportunity to make further donations to the coalition during the ticket purchase process for any amount they choose.”

Expo 2011 has everything off-road including new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, ATV test rides, freestyle motocross action, movie premieres, RC Racing and more – all part of the BRC mission of saving trails and keeping outdoor sports alive and well. With more than 350 exhibitors showcasing all the latest off-road toys, technologies, parts, gear and accessories, the 2011 Lucas Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire promises to be one of the biggest shows yet

Additionally, on Sunday October 9th at 11am, BlueRibbon’s own Del and Stacie Albright will host a one-of-a-kind Team Challenge for the Best Prepared Trail Rig with several teams competing in a fun challenge like a scavenger hunt on their vehicle in front of a live audience.  The Team Challenge is open to the public.  “Grab some buds; make up a team; stuff your rig and win some incredible prizes,” adds Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador.   Team Challenge application available online here: http://www.sharetrails.org/off-road-expo/

BlueRibbon Coalition is proud to be featured at the 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo, and to be partnered with so many fine off-road businesses.

Arctic Cat will celebrate the brand’s 50th Anniversary as thousands of loyal Arctic Cat enthusiasts converge upon Thief River Falls, MN on July 29th and 30th. The celebration will be open to the public and all events are free.

Arctic Cat’s 50th marks a major milestone which began in 1961 when Edgar Hetteen founded Polar Manufacturing in Thief River Falls. There he began producing snowmobiles that reflected his dreams. One year later he changed the company name to Arctic Cat, and began a series of innovations that transformed hulking snow “machines” into small, playful snowmobiles.

Arctic Cat has two days of non-stop activities planned with the central location sharing space between the Pennington County Fairgrounds and the REA Huck Olson arena complex.

San Bernardino, Calif. – July 26, 2011 – Glen Helen’s popular Ride Days, which bring great trail riding closer to home, will move from the last Friday of each month to the last Saturday of each month.

The Glen Helen Ride Days give riders the chance to experience the scenic hills surrounding Glen Helen Raceway on specially designed trails laid out by legendary racer Gary Jones. The trails offer great riding as well as spectacular views of the Inland Empire and the Glen Helen facility. With a variety of clearly marked trails, from beginner to expert, there’s something for riders of all skill levels at the Glen Helen Ride Days.

In addition to riding with a motocross legend in the trails around one of the world’s most renowned racetracks, there will be free overnight camping for participants in the Glen Helen Ride Days.

Why drive all the way out to the desert to ride when you can just head to Glen Helen Raceway and have a great time?

Gate fees are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, free for 6 and under.

For more information on Glen Helen Ride Days, as well as other great events, check out www.glenhelen.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenhelenraceway as well as Twitter at www.twitter.com/glenhelenracing.

CYPRESS, Calif. — June 22, 2011 — Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoorsmen and women, has launched its 2011 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes – further demonstrating Yamaha’s continued support of outdoor recreational sports and conservation efforts.

Yamaha, a multi-year partner of NHF Day, is donating a 2011 Grizzly 450 Auto 4×4 that one lucky outdoorsman will win.  The sweepstakes is being promoted at NHF Day events nationwide and anyone can enter to win by simply registering online at www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday through the end of November 2011.

“As the leading ATV manufacturer in the hunting and fishing industry, Yamaha supports many programs that are focused on the preservation of these outdoor activities,” said Steve Nessl, marketing manager for Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group.  “Yamaha is proud to continue its partnership with National Hunting and Fishing Day and happy to donate an ATV to help support and promote outdoor conservation and ethical hunting and fishing.”

Scheduled annually on the fourth Saturday of September, this year the celebration of hunting, fishing and conservation is set for September 24.  NHF Day serves as the most effective grass roots effort ever taken to promote outdoor sports and conservation.  Yamaha, through its relationships with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Buckmasters, NWTF and NHF Day, among others, is a continued supporter of conservation efforts for outdoor recreational enthusiasts.

“We’re excited to have Yamaha on for another year of support,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs for Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo. — the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  “The ATV giveaway last year was a huge hit among NHF Day event-goers and we look forward to another great turnout at all of our festivities nationwide.”

One lucky entrant, 18 years-of-age or older, will win a 2011 Grizzly 450 Auto 4×4.  Approximate retail value is $6,899.  No purchase necessary.  The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30, 2011.  The winner will be determined by random drawing.

More information on NHF Day is available at www.nhfday.org.  Complete rules, entry details and additional information are available by visiting www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday.

June 17, 2011 (Sparks, NV) – Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) today released a schedule and map of the new USA 500 off-road race for 2011. The event debuts in Sparks, Nevada at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino. The 529-mile race, which includes a 155-mile loop, starts and finishes in Fernley, NV and takes racers Northeast near Lovelock, NV over a mix of BLM and private land, including sections VORRA has used over its 36-year history.

“We’ve put together a course that includes pipeline & power-line roads, technical sections and good amounts of wide open terrain that allows racers to peg their top gear,” said VORRA Race Director Wes Harbor.  “We’ve also tailored the course to require fewer chase crews to manage race support for a race of this length.”

The four-day event begins Thursday, July 14 with a display of off-road race cars on Victorian Plaza in downtown Sparks with crowds visiting the popular Evening in the Plaza and Farmers Market getting a sneak preview to the motorsport invasion.  Later that same evening, the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame hosts a fundraiser showing of the desert racing documentary “On Any Sunday” at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno, NV.

On Friday, July 15, the all-ages event moves into “Fan Appreciation Daze” with race registration, technical inspection and contingency on Victorian Avenue. Racers will push their cars along the street, lined with exhibitors and vendor booths offering food, souvenirs and race merchandise. A freestyle motocross demo featuring members of Metal Mulisha and live music will fill the air with excitement for spectators and participants.

“We’re leveraging our experience with last year’s Xtreme Outlaws 250, doubling the length of the race, incorporating entertainment and more public participation this year,” said Harbor. “Our goal is to build the USA 500 into one of the ‘must-do’ races in the country.”

The USA 500 reaches full speed on Saturday, July 16, with the first cars leaving the line at 9 a.m. With up to 21 hours to complete the distance, teams will be prepared for day and night racing in the high desert of Nevada.  However, during the day, back at Victorian Plaza, VORRA will also host rock crawler demos and Pro & Expert riders in the two-wheel classes will compete in an Enduro-Cross showdown to qualify for early starting positions in the following day’s line-up.

The event continues on Sunday July 17, with a first ever VORRA motorcycle stage. Riders will have a 200-mile desert chase with a 100% pro purse to round out the festivities at the first USA 500.  The day closes with the post-race awards ceremony at the Nugget.

To learn more about the event, view the course map and register online, go to http://www.THEUSA500.com and follow VORRA on Twitter at @vorra_racing.  Get USA 500 updates via Twitter using the hashtag #USA500.

Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 and has operated as a family-oriented organization for over three decades.  It is currently led by Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages” and continues to keep the entry fees to a minimum while maintaining a high quality racing experience. For more information, visit http://www.vorra.net or call 877-418-6772.

RENO, NV : The “Mild to Wild” Fundraiser Trail Ride for 4 wheel drive vehicles will take place on Tuesday March 22, 2011 with all proceeds going towards the Blue Ribbon Coalition and their dedication to keeping our land open for use and protecting responsible recreational access.

Join Vendors and Industry leaders for a day of fun. “Mild to Wild” Fundraiser Trail Registration is $35 per vehicle, which also includes two event tickets to the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo, payable by check or cash at the Convention Center meeting place prior to leaving. Everyone will start on the same trail and then separate where “Mild meets Wild”.  Following the finish of the trail ride, participants will meet in Virginia City for a social gathering.  Please register immediately at http://www.lockettshows.com/offroad-expo_trailrides.htm.

This day of 4 wheeling will be the kick-off event to four large shows at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Friday through Sunday, March 25-27, 2011.  The Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo, Reno Outdoor Sports & Recreation Expo, the Spring Home & Garden Show, the Reno Pet Show and Pug Parade. “Between all four shows, there will be something for everyone to see,” said show producer Al Lockett, “plus, combining all four shows into one weekend gives show attendees more bang for their buck with the low price of only $10 per person”.

The four show event will also feature Ph.D. Antiques Appraiser and part comedian, Dr. Lori, who will give FREE appraisals at the Spring Home & Garden Show; attendees are invited to be a part of the show and bring their antique to Dr. Lori.  Splash Dog teams make waves with the fine art of dock jumping and dock diving, and you can even bring your dog to give it a try. Two-time World Trials Champion Tommi Ahvala will take on a giant obstacle course at the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo with live performances daily.  Bass Tubs of Oklahoma will have their 40 foot mobile aquarium to give fishing demonstrations on bass fishing techniques and the Reno Pet Show brings the Pug Parade on Sunday, March 27th at 2 p.m.; pug owners are encouraged to register early and enter their best friend online at www.Lockettshows.com. Hear the velvety smooth voice of country singer Joseph Greco and his tribute to country legends, Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves; auditions in search of the next Johnny Cash Tribute Star will take place on stage with Joseph Greco everyday register for an audition online at www.LockettShows.com.