Off-roading is a beloved pastime from coast to coast, but it is especially fun in Western states, with their mountainous and scenic terrain. Unfortunately, Western states are also a hotbed of land-use issues and environmental activism, which is dramatically reducing the areas available for recreational off-roading. However, when there’s a will, there’s a way. And with 54 years under its belt, the Tierra Del Sol Safari isn’t about to give up its annual event. For 2016, the event is moving its trail to private land managed by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian reservation. Being on tribal land makes the event exempt from the restrictions imposed on federal or state land.
Participants will still be able to explore and enjoy state and federal areas; however, the trail is being hosted by the tribe, which gives those camping by RV more space and accommodations. Trail options for this year’s TDS Safari range from mild to wild, with some narrow trails especially suited to side by sides. Other highlights include a beer garden at the Safari base camp hosted by Johnson’s Landing/West Shores Marina, and there will be a mud bog set up near base camp for those looking for good ol’ dirty fun. More than 100 vendors will be featured at the event, with more than $100,000 in raffle prizes. Proceeds from the event go toward land use advocacy for off-roaders and local charities, including 4 Wheel to Heal. The event will be held from March 4-6, 2016. Registration will open soon at www.tds4x4.com.
Source: Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego