Hi Desert Round Up 2020

Where: Slash X Café located at 28040 Barstow Rd., Highway 247

When: May 26 - May 29

Other Info: Free parking & camping (on site), On site event registration is available.

hdr-2017-happy-hour-cornhole-slide-narrow.jpgThis year GenRight will be hosting a Happy Hour Cornhole Tournament nightly from 5pm-7pm at the GR/Slash X camp, and participants will have the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars worth of GenRight, Magnaflow, Vision X, and K&N product and swag. (Sign ups will be on site starting Friday, May 26). There will also be free beer (while it lasts) and a prize wheel for your chance to win some GenRight Swag.

HDR is one of the most popular off-highway events in Southern California and has been growing these past few years. HDR was originally an event started by the Waywegos 4 Wheel Drive Club from, I believe, Pasadena. It was called the Presidents Run and was held near Randsburg, CA. I don’t remember how or when it became a C4WDA event. But when talking to some of the old-timers about HDR in the early days, they recollect having a Budweiser Truck on site, wet “T-shirt” contests, and nearly 800 registrations. HDR has been held at Stoddard Valley, Los Coyote’s Indian Reservation, and recently North Johnson Valley and back to Stoddard Valley that I know of. No matter where HDR has been held it has always been a well attended and fun event.


 There are eight trail choices listed for Saturday, ranging from mild for the mostly stock vehicles for the participant that just wants to enjoy a nice day in the desert and not have to worry about vehicle damage. Then we have three trails, including a new trail this year that hasn’t been run much. These trails are rated a 4-4.5 with 33”tires (35” recommended) and 1 locker with 2 recommended. No matter which trail you choose it will be a fun filled day. For more information on trails, go to this link.


Don't forget the Sunday vehicle games. The wet lap is always fun, especially when you convince your wife that she is supposed to throw the leftover water in the bowl on the guy at the end. Note: by doing this you won’t make any points, but it’s really funny. The Drifters will be doing the potato race, as they have for the past forty years. There are kids' versions of most of the adult games, with the stick and can and the potato scoop being the most popular. I now see kids that used to fight tooth and nail for the best score in the stick and can game; some of these kids now have their own Jeep with their kids in the backseat.

HDR base camp will once again be at the Slash X Café located at 28040 Barstow Rd. Highway 247. The Slash X is located about 9.1 miles south of Barstow on Highway247/Barstow Rd. See the map for details.