The sixth annual ATV Safari had 143 registered participants as of the press deadline, with an additional 10 to 20 more expected before the safari begins. Pre-registrants are from Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, California, Montana, Nevada, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Each participant will have an opportunity to pick three of the 18 total trails, over the three day run of the safari.
Blanding is the host community for the safari this year, with riders staying in various communities for the trail rides which begin in various places.
The riders meet at 8 a.m. each morning at the business that is sponsoring the trail for the day.
Registration for the event is Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m., with a night ride beginning in Monticello and Blanding and meeting up near the Wagon Wheel ATV Trail.
The safari ends with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Blanding. There are $4,000 worth of prizes that will be given away.
Ben Black is the committee chairman this year.
Guides are all San Juan County experts who know the area well.
There were 130 participants in the safari in 2007.