Polaris Camp RZR East

    A Gathering Of Friends At Jericho Mountain State Park

    Matt EmeryPhotographer, Writer

    In just a few years, the attendance at Polaris’ Camp RZR has reached dizzying numbers, but they may have set a record on September 22-23, 2017, at Camp RZR East. Held again at Jericho Mountain State Park, located near Berlin, New Hampshire, the place was absolutely packed.

    With more than 80 miles of trails within the park, and some 1,000 miles of trails in the surrounding hills and valleys, this is one area where the driving is seemingly never-ending, and with the varied terrain, some of the best on the planet.

    As always, Polaris pulled out all the stops for Camp RZR East. A ton of things were happening to keep even those without a UTV to ride busy. Throughout the day, folks were trying their luck in the huge mud pit, courtesy of High Lifter, and not all of them made it. There was a track setup for the little ones to tear around and even a few kids games arranged. A raffle was held with great items, such as Rigid Industries lights, a 509 helmet, MB Quart stereo equipment, Kingpin goggles and more going to the lucky winners. Many companies, such as Klim, S&B Filters, Fox Shox, Fuel, and others were on hand with show deals to be had. And some pretty good food trucks were there too. We went with the fried dough topped with local maple syrup because … fried dough.

    On Saturday night, The Band Perry performed to a packed house, but not before Polaris gave away three RZRs to some very lucky and super excited winners. OK, two were excited, one was too cool to show it. There must have been over 20,000 people crammed into the stage area and seemingly everyone had a smile on their face.

    Having been to Camp RZR West, held in the dunes of Glamis, we knew that the Polaris people put their hearts into the event, and they did exactly that at Jericho. The event was very well planned, had plenty of volunteers signing people up and plenty of everything needed at an outdoor event. One thing they, and the surrounding towns, were especially good at was getting everyone to the event. There is not a lot of parking at Jericho, so Polaris had multiple bus stops for folks to park off-site and be bussed to the event.

    Those who were driving their UTVs to the event had the ability to drive on local streets to Jericho from where they had parked and many even drove in from local hotels. Seriously! Utterly unimaginable for those us from California, the local authorities were out directing UTV traffic to and from the many trail entrances to the Jericho facility. If someone needed fuel, they simply had to get back to the paved road and roll into Berlin to gas up. Sure, there’s a 10 p.m. curfew for on-the-road UTV driving, but we’re still dumbfounded even as we write this up. In Cali and even places where they should know better (we’re looking at you, Moab), you’d be ticketed and probably have your UTV impounded. But as long as you’re not acting the fool, in New Hampshire it seems that the local government is there for you and not out to get you.

    Everybody was cool. We know that Camp RZR attendees are some of the most hard-core fun-seekers around, but there were only a few instances of people getting out of hand. It seemed everyone was there to enjoy, great trails, the event that the Polaris folks put on, and the absolutely perfect weather. We laughed when the locals said there was a heat wave on (it was all of 80 degrees, little humidity, and a slight breeze), but if we ever get the chance to go to New Hampshire again to drive UTVs, we’d be there in a heartbeat.

    And for those who are even thinking of hitting Camp RZR East? Do it. Once there, you’ll wonder why you never went before.