By Sam Smith

The Utah/Arizona ATV Club announces their 13th annual Southern Utah ATV Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at the Johnson Canyon/Crocodile Staging area. Pre-registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

There will be two additional independent free rides of small groups on Friday, May 1, at Noon and Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m. Maps will be supplied for folks to explore on their own. This year’s Southern Utah ATV Fun Run route will take riders through some of the most breathtaking beauty of the red and white sandstone country east of Kanab. You do not want to miss this ride.

Directions from Kanab; take US Hwy 89 east approximately eight miles to Johnson Canyon, turn north on Johnson Canyon Road, and go approximately eight miles. The turnoff to the staging area will be clearly signed.

The Southern Utah ATV Fun Run is a free family friendly event that can be enjoyed by all. During this event, our members and many participants (more than 200 last year) come together to enjoy and ride the designated trails of some of the beautiful and scenic country of southern Utah.

The Fun Run is expecting many other ATV enthusiasts from the tri-state area to take part in this exciting ride. We invite you, your family and friends to come and enjoy this Fun Run.

Meet new friends, and if you choose, you can take a chance to win many of the great prizes available this year. Soft drinks and lunches are available ($6 per person) at the staging area. Please sign up for your hamburger lunch at registration.

The Utah/Arizona ATV Club is a non-profit organization with more than 200 members. Our club takes pride in our volunteer community service activities. The club is involved in many other community service events such as highway clean-up, monitoring and cleaning trails and protecting our public lands. We often support our local schools and students, and other community charitable organizations.

Since 2007, our ATV Club has helped develop several new recreational trailhead staging areas with the ‘Elephant Cove’ trailhead and staging area being the most recent. These new staging areas provide outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to access our local designated ATV trails and roads. Our efforts are not only for the OHV enthusiasts, the staging areas also benefit other visitors interested in a variety of outdoor activities year round.

Additionally, our club teaches responsible OHV operation and enforcing of the concept of “Tread Lightly,” we encourage outdoor ethics to preserve the beauty of our public lands.

The Utah/Arizona ATV Club works closely with citizens from our local communities. We enjoy the support of the City of Kanab, Kane County, Kane County Travel Council, the BLM, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument and Field Offices in putting this Fun Run together. We thank the many local businesses who offer contributions and sponsorship, which ensures the success of this annual event. Visitor information may be found at Kane County Office of Tourism link: http://www.VisitSouthernUtah.com/ ;

There are many fine motels and campgrounds located in Kanab, and some dry camping available at dispersed sites near the staging area.  Please refer to the ATV Club website for further information: www.utazatvclub.org from the home page go to links, then forums.

Some of the great prizes will be a set of ATV tires from Ramsay Service Center, an aluminum ATV box from Waterman Welding, a beautiful sandstone bench from Hanson’s Stoneworks, and a Big Tex Trailer donated by Need It Now Rentals for auction. There will be ‘Swag Bags’ from the Kane County Office of Tourism given to all participants, and many other great prizes!