That time of year is upon us where the leaves start changing colors, the kids start picking out costumes, and seemingly everything becomes flavored with pumpkin spice. While many of us are distracted by ominous placements of red balloons and jack-o-lantern carving contests, it also marks the beginning of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding season.
There’s a Riding Season?
By riding season, we mean the time of year when the state of California allows for “red sticker” OHVs to be operated on public land. Out here in the Golden State, the government requires all vehicles that get run off of private property to be permitted by the DMV because California loves permits. In the case of ATVs and dirt bikes, there are green stickers and red stickers.
The green-stickered vehicles are cool to ride whenever but the red stickers are applied to vehicles built since 2003 that lack acceptable emissions equipment per the California Air Resources Board. As such, red stickers can only be run during certain times of year; typically that window is October through either April or May. Your mileage may vary so check with your local authorities before hitting the trails.
Anything fun happening?
Naturally, there are hoards of events planned to commemorate this wonderful time of year, including the 19th annual Moab Jeep Jamboree on October 26th to the 28th. Situated just south of Arches National Park, Moab is home to some of the most legendary off-roading trails in the world and the Jamboree is the pinnacle event for Jeep heads across the land. Although the event is currently sold out, there is still room on the wait list. Bear in mind that the organizers will not allow entry of vehicles with larger than 37” tires and are adamant that every rig be equipped with a CB radio.
Somewhat local to us, located on the eastern boarder of San Diego County, is the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area. Spanning over 40,000 acres of the Borrego desert, the area offers copious terrain for riders of all skill levels with anything from dirt bikes all the way to fully-prepared off-road trucks. Park entry and on-site camping are free of charge with fuel and amenities available in neighboring communities. It does get hot out there, with temperatures still hitting the nineties, so make sure to pack plenty of water and sunscreen.
So what do I do?
While you’re getting your toys and toy hauler ready for the season, don’t forget to check out SupremeSuspensions.com for an amazing selection of lifting and leveling kits, wheel spacers and adapters, and suspension accessories for a variety of vehicles. Enter promo code FRIGHT12 at checkout by October 31, 2017 to receive 12% off Supreme Suspensions branded lifting and leveling kits. Happy riding and have a safe and fun season!