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Johnson Valley Days - Cal 4 Wheel Hi Desert Round-Up

Christian Lee | Writer
Posted November 1, 2011
Contributors: Kevin Blumer
Photographers: Kevin Blumer

Old Event Gets a New Home

The Hi Desert Round-up is an annual fund raising event for the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc. (CA4WDC — aka Cal 4 Wheel). It’s been one of our favorite events to attend for a lot of years and this year Cal 4 Wheel provided a new twist by re-locating the event to the Johnson Valley OHV area.

All of the Cal 4 Wheel events are run completely by volunteers, with all proceeds going back to the Association. The events include the Winter Fun Festival in January, the CA4WDC Convention in February, the Molina Ghost Town Run and the Hi Desert Round-Up in May, Sierra Trek in August, High Sierra Poker Run in September, Operation Desert Fun in October, and Panamint Valley Days in November. These are all great family events open to all levels of driver and vehicle ability.

Johnson Valley OHV
As we mentioned, in previous years the Hi Desert Round-Up has been held up the road at the Stoddard Valley OHV area near Barstow, California. This year, however, it moved to Anderson Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley OHV area to show support for this popular ’wheeling destination, which is facing partial closure due to a planned expansion of the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Over 180,000 acres of BLM land in Johnson Valley will be stolen to increase the Marines live-fire training (the center currently encompasses 598,000 acres). Some environmentalist groups applaud this land grab saying it will “restore” the natural desert environment. We are not sure how repeated bombings will have less impact than a set of tires across an established BLM OHV trail, but apparently there are some who think this is the case.

Cal 4 Wheel, along with other pro-access groups, is fighting to keep Johnson Valley OHV complete. You can help this battle by contacting your local lawmakers and stating your support for Johnson Valley OHV. More information on this important topic can be found on the Cal 4 Wheel web site at For those interested in adding their voice to keeping public lands open to motorized use the Blue Ribbon Coalition ( is a great information source, offering updates on land access issues nationwide and tips on how to contact your local politicians.

The 2012 Cal 4 Wheel Hi Desert Round-Up will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2012. The event will again be held at Anderson Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley OHV area. For more information, check out

Each year, Cal 4 Wheel builds a sweepstakes vehicle to raffle off at its annual convention. This year’s rig is a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Dubbed Mango Tango, the Wrangler is outfitted with a Currie Enterprises 4-inch lift, Reid Racing knuckles, BFGoodrich KM2 tires, Raceline Renegade Wheels, Olympic 4X4 front and rear bumpers and roof rack system, a Warn winch, and many other great products.

4West in Colton, California, completed the installations. The second prize is an Atlas II transfer case from Advance Adapters, third prize is a Warn winch, and the fourth prize is an ARB Fridge Freeze. Tickets are available for purchase at


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