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Desert Rat's Off Road Rides

Desert Rat's Off Road Rides


Turkey In The Dirt 2023
Novenber 17 - 27

Turkey In The Dirt 2023

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  Welcome to Desert Rat's Off Road Rides.

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The Desert Rats are an unofficial group of family-oriented, recreational off-road riders in southern California. Most of the Desert Rats ride dirt bikes, but some ride ATVs and dune buggies. ALL are welcome to join us!

Here are some photos of Desert Rat activity:


Several times a year (just about every holiday weekend!) Desert Rat and his pals head out to enjoy some off road activity, good companionship, and tall tales around the campfire. The next upcoming (or most recent ride) is highlighted above, with maps to help you find us.

Some past events are listed below. When you click on a link it should launch Microsoft Word or a browser window and display a map you can print out. If you have any problems displaying the maps, please email me at

Be sure to bring firewood for the campfire and plenty of water!

Also bring plenty of food and cold drinks (it gets hot out there!) and its a long way to town!

Spare parts and tools are a good idea too -- unless:
    a) you never fall or breakdown or
    b) you want or need an excuse not to ride.

Here is a useful CHECKLIST of other things to think about.

We often have a spontaneous potluck dinner one night -- nothing fancy. Everyone just contributes what they have on hand. It is a lot of fun.

Keeping Fit for OHV Riding Some ideas for making sure you are ready to go off roading!

NOTE: These events are unsanctioned, purely voluntary, unofficial gatherings. Everyone is on his own. Neither Desert Rat nor any other participant assumes any liability for anything but themselves!

Click here for some background information about some of the historical places the Desert Rats camp and ride.
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Desert Rat's Off Road Rides

Previous Rides -- By Occasion

George Birthington's Washday Ride -- Feb 16 -19, 2001
Memorial Day 2001, May 25-28, 2001
MOONLIGHT at MAMMOTH 2001 June 29 - July 8, 2001
Labor Day Ride -- Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2001
Columbus Day -- Oct 5 -8, 2001
Turkey In The Dirt, Nov 22 -- 25 , 2001
New Years in the Desert 2002, Dec 29 - Jan 1

George Birthington's Washday Ride -- Feb 14 - 18, 2002
Spring Fling, Mar 28 - April 5, 2002
Memorial Day Ride 2002 -- May 24 - 27
Moonlight at Mammoth -- June 27 - July 6, 2002
Columbus Day, Oct 11- 14 2002
Turkey In The Dirt, Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2002
New Year's Ride 2003, Dec 27 - Jan 1

George Birthington's Washday Ride, Feb 13-17
Spring Break 2003 at Moab Utah, Mar 14-22
Spring Fling 2003, Apr 12 - 20
Memorial Day -- May 22 - 26, 2003
Mammoth -- June 29 - July 7, 2003
Columbus Day -- Oct 3 - 6
Turkey In The Dirt, November 27 - 30

Season Opener -- Sep 23 - 25
October Fest -- Oct 6 - 10

Ancient History
1999 - 2000 Rides


Maps By Location

Charlies Place

Cal City -- Cadillac Cul-de-sac
Cal City -- C-Park/Rand Mountains

Cuddyback Dry Lake -- Cuddyburg Camp
Cuddyback Dry Lake -- Old Route
Cuddyback Dry Lake -- New Route

Dove Springs

Gorman/Hungry Valley SRVA
Gorman/Hungry Valley SRVA -- Campgrounds

Horse Canyon

Mammoth Lakes -- Glass Creek Campground

Moab Utah

Searles Station (Football Field)
Searles Station ("Prospectors" Camp)

Uncle Jimmy's Camp

Hot links to cool stuff.....
"The #1 Off Road Motorsports Publication - 4x4, Dirtbike, ATV, Desert Racing, Snowmobile, Prerunner, Dunes, Rock Crawling"

Dirt Rider
Online magazine -- dirt bikes, motocross racing, supercross, enduro racing, and off-road riding information and discussions

Trail Rider
Online magazine devoted to trailriding, harescrambles, and enduro competitions.

Camp Chef
Really cool camping stoves and accessories.

Our Very Own Desert Racer Kristen Southworth Powell
No 1 AMA Southern California Womens Motocross!

Lemont's RV and OHV Blog
A collection of posts on RVing, OHVing, boating, camping, and survival.

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