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No Organized Trail For 2016 Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari

Posted in News on February 22, 2016
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Getting ready for the 54th annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari has been anything but easy for the TDS Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego. After moving the basecamp and trails from the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area to Johnson’s Landing in Salton Sea and private trails on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian reservation (due to the Flat Tail Horned Lizard), TDS was hit with another blow: there will be no organized trailride this year. After meeting with RedEarth Casino GM and CFO and getting permission to use their private land to create trails for the 2016 TDS Desert Safari, a cultural review and impact statement were required before the trails can be used. This third-party review will take up to 90 days at a cost of $15,000, which isn’t enough time before this year’s TDS Desert Safari.

This is another unfortunate hurdle that the TDS organizers have had to deal with, but thanks to the group’s hard work and dedication, the 2016 TDS Desert Safari will still take place! Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area will still be open for wheeling and maps and GPS coordinates will still be available to major destinations. Camping along the beach will still be available and more than $150,000 in raffle giveaways is still up for grabs. Oh, and the Beer Garden, Rock Pile, and Mud Pits will still be there for everyone to blow off a little steam.

With all the red tape that organizers had to jump through, it’s not surprising they ran out of time to get every detail buttoned up for this year. Now that trail planning on private land has been taken care of, future TDS Desert Safari’s should be back to 100 percent.

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