This past weekend I got to experience what my husband looks forward to every year, the Stumpjumpers Desert 100! One of the largest dirt bike races in the world! Right as we pulled up I felt this amazing energy and I instantly knew why Tyler loved this event so much!
Let’s be honest, I am super high maintenance when it comes to camping. That’s why it took me four years to go to the Desert 100. I just couldn’t make myself tent it in April when the weather is unpredictable. Plus it’s in the desert where theres SO MUCH DUST! So I finally caved in and bought a travel trailer!
That was the best decision Tyler and I could have made! We had the BEST time camping in style, having a cozy bed to sleep in, and HEAT! The best part is I finally got to experience my husband’s favorite thing ever! I got to see him ride at the Desert 100!
If you ride or enjoy being around thousands of dirt bikes I highly suggest going to this event! I personally do not know how to ride a dirt bike yet but after being surrounded by them I have a strong desire to learn how! I am now on the search for a bike my size!
Even though I didn’t ride I still had the best time. We went with some of our best friends and the ladies all hung out while the guys went riding. We did A LOT of walking. I was so glad I brought comfy shoes. We spent a lot of time at the vendor booths!
Side note: Most vendors only take cash and the ATM runs out of cash pretty quick. So make sure to bring cash if you plan on shopping, going to the espresso stand, and to pay for the different events.
One of my favorite memories was riding on the back of Tyler’s dirt bike. It was so much fun to cruise around with him. I also loved just hanging around the campsite getting to know Tyler’s dirt bike fam that I hadn’t met before!
I can’t wait for next year! I already am planning my days off from work and imagining myself with a bike so I can do the family poker run!
What to Expect
The earliest you can set up camp is Thursday at noon (thats what it was this year 2019). If you can get there Thursday you will be better off! Camp sites fill up super fast. We got there Friday afternoon and just barley got a spot next to our friends campsite!
Friday there isn’t too much going on. You just get to hang out, ride around, and check out the vendors. You want to make sure to sign up for any events you want to participate in. The events happen Saturday & Sunday.
Saturday is when the fun really starts! There is a family poker run and a more advanced poker run called the Ironman! Then Sunday is race day. There is a 50 mile race and a 100 mile race.
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Some must haves for the Desert 100:
- Rain boots & Rain Jacket
- Sunscreen (I got burnt)
- Layers Layers Layers!
- Comfy shoes that can get covered in dust/mud
- All your riding gear (obviously)
- Extra helmet if someone is going to ride on your dirt bike with you
- All the gasoline you will need for your bike & generators.
- Food for all meals & snacks
- Water bottles & gatorade or some sort of sports drink
- Jello-Shots were fun to have!
- Cash for shopping
- Blankets for sitting by the fire that can get dusty
- Propane Fire Pit (No real fires)
- Portable Propane BBQ
- If you have a trailer with power, we loved having a small George Forman to make paninis, steaks, and bacon!
- Propane heater
- Games to play when you’re not riding (My favorite is Cards Against Humanity)
- Sunglasses for when it is sunny
- Tie downs if you plan on having a canopy – it gets very windy!
- A flag & poll that you can use to distinguish your camp site. There are thousands of trailers and it’s easy to get lost.
- Walkie Talkies would be nice because you don’t get good reception unless you have t-mobile.