Shiver Me Timbers UTV fest


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Written by Kim Krause

Photos by Kim Krause

The Shiver Me Timbers UTV Fun Run, a thrilling off-road escapade, unfolded from February 16th to 19th at the captivating Pirate Cove Resort in Needles, California. This highly anticipated event, orchestrated by the UTV Offroad Adventures, drew UTV enthusiasts from every corner of the nation for a weekend brimming with adrenaline-charged rides and unforgettable experiences.

For those with a passion for off-roading, Pirate Cove is a paradise waiting to be explored. With over 3,200 miles of designated trails, this destination offers an off-road experience like no other. Every turn unveils hidden treasures as you navigate your off-road vehicle through a diverse landscape, including waterfront trails, sand dunes, historic bridges, and even old mineshaft passages.

Nestled along the picturesque Colorado River, Pirate Cove Resort is a renowned haven located in Needles, California. Its breathtaking setting, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding desert landscape and the meandering river, has earned it a reputation as a premier destination. The resort's distinctive pirate-themed ambiance adds a touch of whimsy and charm, making it an unforgettable retreat for all who visit.

Guests at Pirate Cove Resort can choose from a variety of accommodations, including RV sites, tent camping, and cozy cabins. The resort is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering an array of activities such as boating, fishing, and water sports on the Colorado River. A marina, restaurant, and general store are among the resort's amenities, ensuring guests have everything they need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

The festivities commenced on Friday night with a registration and check-in process, where participants received their event swag bags and welcome packets. They were briefed on the weekend's activities and given the opportunity to sign up for the Friday night ride, Saturday and Sunday rides. The night ride, approximately 30 miles round trip, allowed drivers to explore the rugged desert terrain surrounding the resort under the starry night sky. The night ride enthusiasts lit up the desert with their colorful whips and lights. The trail included roller coaster sections creating a sense of excitement with each hill.

Saturday morning saw guests reconvening at the Pirate Cove Resort Restaurant for a hearty breakfast, followed by a driver's meeting and staging. In total there were 40 UTVs. The excitement was noticeable as participants embarked on guided trail rides, offering them the chance to traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the Mojave Desert and Colorado River. The trails, spanning 80-90 miles each, presented a mix of challenges, from rocky inclines to sandy washes, and water front beaches, catering to riders of all skill levels. In addition, there were historic mine shafts, old bridges, and sand dunes to enjoy. The weather also made for a perfect day on the trails.

After a day of exhilarating rides, participants prepared for the evening festivities, which included a lively Mexican dinner prepared by the Pirate Cove Resort, raffles, poker cards, awards, shared stories of the many adventures on the trails, and more.

Sunday dawned with breakfast at the resort's restaurant, followed by a quick driver's meeting before staging for the day's rides. Participants had the opportunity to experience the same two rides as the previous day, ensuring a diverse and exciting off-road experience. Drivers choose to do one of the rides on Saturday and the other ride on Sunday. Sunday was another exceptional day with great temperatures, amazing people, and fun trails.

The event was a resounding success, with participants praising the well-organized trails, breathtaking scenery, and the camaraderie among fellow UTV enthusiasts. The Shiver Me Timbers UTV Fun Run at Pirate Cove Resort in Needles, CA, was a testament to the growing popularity of off-road adventures and the vibrant UTV community. Plans are already underway for next year's event, promising even more thrills and excitement for UTV enthusiasts.

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