Hi Desert Round-Up



Memorial Day weekend and marks the start of summer. For those of us in Cal4Wheel, it is also the time for the Hi Desert Round-Up (HDR).


Josh Epstein

Russ Chung

Hi Desert Round-Up 2015
Genright is this year's Hi Desert Round-Up title sponsor

Trails, games, camping & more!

It is with huge frustration and immense sadness that I need to write this statement. I am greatly devastated to inform everyone that unfortunately, with the Governors "Stay At Home" orders and with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adhering to those orders and not issuing permits, the fight to keep Hi-Desert Round up moving forward for Memorial Day 2020 is becoming increasingly clear that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but that light is too far away in order to have a successful and safe event.

The hardest part in being in a position of making decisions like this, is that I have to weigh in on all aspects of having an event. Even if the permits came in tomorrow, I have to look at the feelings, emotions and safety of not only the volunteers that help put this event together but the participants as well.

When putting together a pros/cons list of the facts I have, currently, the cons far outweighed the pros - Reluctantly, the best option moving forward is to cancel Hi-Desert Round Up for Memorial Day Weekend.

We are looking into potentially moving the event to a later date and once I have more information of that, I promise that I'll get that out to you as soon as possible. Current move dates would possibly be June or September. There is also the idea of combining HDR and Operation Desert Fun into one big event - at this point, its all under discussion and no final decisions have been made.

For those of you that have registered already, we can refund you, keep the payment for a later date or you can donate your registration to C4W.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments - Please feel free to reach out to me.

Josh Epstein, South District Vice President
Cal 4 Wheel Drive Association

  • About HDR

    By Angela Cook

    Held on Memorial Day weekend, this will be HDR 49, and we have had a lot of changes over the years. We have held the event in a few different locations, but the best one so far (in my humble opinion) is at the Slash X Ranch in Barstow. We also do some things the same way, but I’ll start with the changes.

    This year, we will be charging a few more dollars, BUT you will get one free T-shirt with each preregistration! You will still be able to order more shirts, and we will have a small amount available to purchase on-site. But, if you wait till you get there to register, we will not be offering the free T-shirt, so be sure to preregister and get your shirts!

    We will now be doing the games on Saturday, both for adults and kids. You can test your rig on the RTI ramp, the teeter totter, or you can get your passenger cooled down at the wet lap game, which will be hosted By GenRight Off Road. If you would like to see a retired game come back, feel free to offer to run it! We can always use volunteers.

    Another staple throughout the years is the raffle. We are working hard to make the raffle a successful one, and we can use help from all of you to do it. BFG, a long-time corporate sponsor for Cal4Wheel, is now going to include an extra tire to their prize! So you could win five tires instead of just four, and they will now go up to size 37”. That’s worth the price of a few extra raffle tickets!

    Donations of money or product are always much-appreciated. Please let the event chair know if you, your club or your company would like to donate so we can get your name or logo in the program.

    Things are always subject to change, so check the website before you go. We are all volunteers, but we try to run things as smoothly as possible. Patience and a good attitude make for a great event!

  • Registration

    Registration is only $55 per vehicle for members and $65 for non-members. It includes your choice of runs Friday through Sunday, camping, a dash plaque, a free T-shirt (if you register by May 3, 2020), one raffle ticket.

    Meals will be available onsite at the Slash X Cafe.

    Register at cal4wheel.org/hdr-reg

  • Runs

    A wide variety of runs will be available for every vehicle and driver level.

    Sign-ups for the runs will be available at the event in the registration area.

    For a complete list of the runs that may be offered, see this link.

  • Safety Requirements

    All vehicles will be required to pass Cal4Wheel's safety inspection prior to participating in any event runs.

    Refer to this link for a list of the requirements.

Event Schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Friday - May 22, 2020

  • 12PM
    Registration and safety opens
  • 9PM
    Registration and safety closes

Saturday - May 23, 2020

  • 7AM-12PM
    Registration and safety
  • 7:15AM
    Trail leaders' meeting
  • 8AM
    Drivers' meetings
  • 8AM-3PM
    Trail rides leave in 15 minute intervals
  • 4-7PM
    Camp activities & social hours
  • 5PM-7PM
    Dinner served
  • 7PM
    Kids' raffle
  • 7:30PM
    Adult raffle
  • 9:30PM
    Trail ride

Sunday - May 24, 2020

  • 7:15AM
    Trail leaders' meeting
  • 8AM
    Trail rides line up
  • 8:45AM
    Drivers' meetings
  • 8AM-3PM
    Trail rides leave in 15 minute intervals
  • 10AM-2PM
    Adult games
  • 3-5PM
    Kids' games
  • 4PM-7PM
    Camp activities and social hours
  • 7PM-7:30PM
    Kids' best equipped vehicle game
  • 7:30PM-8:30PM
    Adult best equipped vehicle game
  • 8:30PM
    Games awards
  • 9PM-11PM
    Adult social hour

Monday - May 25, 2020

  • 8AM
    Trail rides line up
  • 11AM
    Event officially closes
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