Operation Desert Fun Runs

4X4 Runs

Note: Runs for 2018 will be updated soon.

tds-odf-250We have several diverse trails for you to explore on your visit to our beautiful desert. Whether you decide to “Knock on Wood,” or try to “Squeeze” through, your day will be packed with adventure! The flash floods left their mark on the landscape again this year, and we ask that everyone be careful as well as respectful of the terrain. Please  leave nothing behind but tire tracks, and haul out what you haul in. We would also like to remind you that this is a family event, so watch out for exuberant kids, and try to keep the CB chatter clean! Each run has been given a color. Each run will have a flag that color at the place where you will line up on Saturday morning. These colors have nothing to do with the difficulty of the run. They are only meant to help you find the starting point for the run you have selected.  The Trail Boss and crew will fly the color of the run they are working so you can keep track of them throughout the day.

Start times and details subject to change. Please check the run boards before signing up.

KNOCK ON WOOD - Orange Flag

This run leads to a narrow rock canyon over at Superstition Mountains. At least one locker required and at least 33" tires. Tow point each end. Due to some tight areas and turns, long wheelbase vehicles not recommended. Body damage and mechanical breakage is very possible. This trail is for experienced drivers who don’t mind a little “vehicle modification” from surrounding rocks and brush!

  • Time permitting, we will run a second trail.
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Joe Holden - Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club

We will take you to an area that has a large concentration of sandstone globules that resemble a pumpkin patch. Along the way there will be driving in deep sand, rocky hill climbs, and winding, twisting trails with some off-camber sections along with a drop off or two. Bypasses are available for most of the more challenging sections. There are lots of strange rock formations and erosion patterns throughout the trail. Run time 4 to 5 hours. Open to all 4 wheel drive vehicles.

  • Start time: 9:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Eric Dahl - On the Edge 4WDC
THE SLOT - Purple Flag

Open to all 4-wheelers. A family run, with places to go and people to see. The route is a follow-the-leader run that features alternate, color-coded spur routes to challenge the most experienced wheeler. Expect to be returning to camp by 3 p.m.

  • Drivers’ Meeting: 8:45 a.m.
  • Start time: 9 a.m. SHARP!!!!!
  • Trail Boss: Curtis Grinnell - San Diego Outbacks 4X4 Club

The Trail Boss will choose trails based on the capability of the rigs that sign up. The twist is that to drive this run, you either have to be female, or DRESS LIKE ONE! We will have a brief contest before the raffle on Saturday night to judge certain drivers to see who truly is the “Ugliest Broad in the Desert”!! [WARNING: Those with weak constitutions, or strong morals might want to miss this part of the festivities...]

  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Geletzke - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
THE SQUEEZE - Yellow Flag

Highway run to Pinyon Mountain where you will go through The Squeeze, known for its ability to snag fenders. We will continue down Heart-Attack Hill, a very steep, slippery and rocky decent. We then continue through Fish Creek and out Split Mountain. This is a fun run, but definitely not for those concerned with paint or body damage. There are NO by-passes! One locker is recommended, wide-bodied vehicles not recommended, body damage possible.

  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Chiesman - San Diego 4 Wheelers

Moderate challenging run thru sand dunes, mud hills, and rocky trails in an area less traveled. Suitable for mildly modified vehicles with some extra clearance, larger tires (31+) and one locker. Some minor damage possible. Beginning and end of ride will be on highway roads. No facilities so bring plenty of water and lunch for a picnic on the trail. May also take in some great nearby vista sights if time permits.

  • Start time: 8:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Duane Hartle - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC

Motorcycle & ATV Runs

To start the day off we will be offering a kids’ ride on trails around the Main St. area that should last an hour or so. Parents are welcome to join.

At the conclusion of the kids’ ride we will hold the MC/ATV runs. These runs will visit notable sights such as Pumpkin Patch, Gas Domes, and Artesian Well. We will use a variety of trails and roads to access these areas as well as some technical trials. We will separate into groups based on vehicle and rider ability to ensure all have a great time. Please see sign up sheets for start times and location. Rides led by the Ocotillo Anytimers.

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8120 36th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824

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