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Toyotas Attend Texas-Sized Jamboree: 2018 Lone Star Toyota Jamboree

Tons of Toyotas & Trails in Texas

Jay KopycinskiPhotographer, Writer

Texas is chockfull of Toyota owners eager to get their 4WD rigs on trails. We saw that plain as day when some 440 Toyotas showed up for the 2018 Lone Star Toyota Jamboree. The four-day event took place in early May at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area (BMRA) near Gilmer, Texas.

The event has grown rapidly in recent years, and from what we saw it is a well-organized affair. There were guided trail rides, safety and skills classes, plenty of food, and a huge raffle on Saturday night. In addition to all the trail running, drivers can compete for best times in the Rock Garden, Blind Man's Bluff over a twisty course, or the Lone Star Stampede obstacle course.

BMRA encompasses some 1,800 acres and 140 miles of OHV trails. We ran trails of all difficulty and there's a good variety to be found. Near-constant sprinkling rain on Friday slicked up a lot of the terrain and increased the challenge on all the trails. Drivers had to watch for trees and stand deeper in the throttle to get up a lot of the slimy hills. Fortunately, the rain moved on Friday night and the Saturday trails started muddy but began to dry during the day.

BMRA is owned by the nonprofit Texas Motorized Trails Coalition. The organization was formed in 1999 and now boasts 1,400 members that use a variety of motorized vehicles off-road. They are working hard to provide fun off-road recreation in Texas. BMRA has been turned into an excellent venue and the coalition is preparing to open an even bigger property in west Texas.

Hats off to the volunteers who put the jamboree together. It was a blast. Check out the Lone Star Toyota Jamboree Facebook page for details on the 2019 event.