San Juan ATV Safari Scheduled for September 13-15, 2012, All Terrain Vehicles Provide Intimate Access to Utah’s Canyon Country

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San Juan County, Utah—known as Utah's Canyon Country—welcomes the 10th Annual ATV Safari, a three-day outdoor adventure, offering participants up-close experiences in Utah's breathtaking, varied terrain.

Arch Canyon, ATV Safari

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"The ATV Safari provides the opportunity to experience the endless beauty and diversity of Utah's Canyon Country," said Lynne Shumway, board president, San Juan ATV Safari.

The 10th Annual San Juan ATV Safari takes place on September 13-15, 2012 in San Juan County, Utah, with Blanding serving as this year’s host city. An incredible three-day adventure, the San Juan ATV Safari is organized for participants to select three trail rides out of 18 options, ranging from paths that lead to the top of the Blue Mountains to the depths of the surrounding canyons. The trail system ratings range from "easy" to "expert,” with suggestions for families. Rides are lead by knowledgeable volunteer guides who help to interpret the landscape and inform the geology and history of this spectacular area of southeastern Utah. The event includes a Wednesday night social ATV Night Ride onto Abajo Mountain, in addition to the three daytime excursions, plus a banquet dinner at the end of the event on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

"The ATV Safari provides the opportunity to experience the endless beauty and diversity of Utah's Canyon Country in small groups, on trails that are well-cared for, with guides who have intimate knowledge of the area,” said Lynne Shumway, board president of the ATV Safari. “It also gives people who travel here the chance to visit many other remarkable places in the area like Monument Valley and Lake Powell,” she added.

Some of the notable sites and trails include: Newspaper Rock on the Bridger Jack Trail, which is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records perhaps 2,000 years of human activity in the area; John’s Canyon Trail begins near the famed Gooseneck State Park and travels along a ridge overlooking the San Juan River, then travels up into historic John’s Canyon, which is home to numerous archaeological sites. The La Sal Pass Trail traverses Manti La Sal National Forest on the Southwest side of Mt. Tukuhnikivatz, which stands at 12,482 ft. and offers great high country scenery. The Table of the Sun trail is highly scenic with views of Cedar Mesa, Fry Canyon, and Red Canyon and an Indian Rock Art panel. The Wooden Shoe Trail edges along the National Bridges National Monument, home to three majestic natural bridges, and the Abajo Mountains.

Trail rides will originate from both Blanding and Monticello. Each excursion group is small and is led by three experienced ATV riders. The San Juan Safari is respectful to the environment and maintains the standard of leaving the trails better than it was found. Registration is $100 per rider, $300 for a family or group of four riders. For more information visit, email sanjuanatvsafari(at) or call 800-574-4386.

Located in the Four Corners region of the southwest United States, Utah’s Canyon County is the heart of the Colorado Plateau with the textbook geology that created its breathtaking canyons and majestic mountains. San Juan County provides a perfect, centralized base of travel to the world-renowned features that surround us. National Parks and Monuments, including Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Arches, Lake Powell, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Rainbow Bridge, Dead Horse Point and Mesa Verde are all within Canyon Country or easy driving distance. State parks include Edge of the Cedars Museum and the great Goosenecks of the San Juan River. All of this and more is easily visited from our excellent selection of motels, lodges, RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts. Fine dining as well as family restaurants complement the visitor experience.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Padilla
JLH Media
505 577 1347

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