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Trail Hero 2017

Sand Hollow in Hurricane, Utah, hosts hundreds of Jeepers

Traci ClarkPhotographer, Writer

Early October found us making our way to Hurricane, Utah, for the 2nd Annual Trail Hero event. Set among the slickrock and sand dunes of Sand Mountain, the ORV area that’s part of the 20,000-acre Sand Hollow Recreation Area, this event offered something for everyone. During the 4-day event participants could hit over 28 different trails in 80-plus runs offered, watch the All Pro Trail Breaker Challenge, take in the Lasernut Rock Race, and attend the 1-day vendor show. This event truly had it all. The first and second days offered some very special trail runs, a Special Needs Access trail, and a Veteran’s Access run. These trail rides are tailored for those folks who might require special assistance, and/or those who have never had the opportunity to experience the Jeep or off-road lifestyle.

Many in the off-road community know that the Hurricane, Utah, area is faced with losing public lands. Rich Klein started this event in 2016 to raise awareness of these issues in and around the great state of Utah, and this isn’t just a local problem—it is a national one. Klein enlisted UPLA (Utah Public Lands Alliance) and U4WDA (Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association) to help raise funds through this event to help retain access for not only the off-road community, but also for people who have special needs¬ and can only experience the great outdoors with vehicle access. A charity raffle was held at the end of the vendor show, and those funds help keep our public lands accessible for all. Most of the event is free for the public to attend, but there is a fee to run the daily trails.

One of the best things about this event is that participants don’t have to give up a trail ride to watch the afternoon activities. The 2017 Trail Hero organizers knew that everyone wanted to experience the entire event. Trail runs were planned with that in mind, leaving early and concluding just after lunch, allowing everyone enough time to find that perfect spot to watch a different event each afternoon. Plans are already set in place for the 2018 event, and registration is open as of March 1. For additional information on the event and to find out how to register head over to thetrailhero.com.