On local maps, Swartz Canyon shows up as a simple dirt road crossing the Ochoco Nation Forest near Prineville, Oregon. In fact, you could drive down the road and not even realize that there is some world-class rockcrawling hiding right under your nose. Fortunately we had the crew from G-Fab Motorsports and 4Locked Films of Bend, Oregon, to show us around the rocks of Swartz Canyon.
“You could drive down the road and not even realize that there is some world-class rockcrawling hiding right under your nose”
Graeme Tydeman of G-Fab Motorsports (503.679.6692, www.gfabmotorsports.com) and other local wheelers have been working with the Forest Service and the BLM through the Central Oregon Combined Off Highway Vehicle Operations to ensure that Swartz Canyon is open for future wheeling. Their hard work is paying off, keeping Swartz Canyon clean and building positive relationships with government officials in the area.
Graeme Tydeman spotted his girlfriend, Kaitlin Yates, through the hardest parts of the trail. The duo compete in rockcrawling competitions together and they completely trust each other’s judgment on the trail. Kaitlin piloted the G-Fab Samurai buggy through the trail with sticky 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws and linked suspension with Fox air shocks front and rear.