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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Started new thread for the grand opening comments and pictures.

Had a great day with my daughter her first time wheeling and she's hooked.
Lets see all the new pics and comments.
Hats off to all involved and thanks for a great place to enjoy our great sport.
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http://s236.photobucket.com/albums/f...and%20Valleys/

This was only the 2nd park ive been too, and I found ALOT of stuff for my stocker pathy to do....although I think my pathy is a little more capable than other stockers, cause i had no problem going up any hills, including the playground area, and the path/hill from playground to valley

My navigator (mom) and myself couldn't decypher the map past the first few feet of trail, but after a day of wheeling we pretty much knew the area..

I got in some BIG hill climbs/decends, the gravel pit was fun and proved a pretty decent challenge, there was a mud run and water run by the obstacles that was fun to show off @ passengers....

The two times I found myself in situations I felt would risk my rig, I was able to stop and back out easily & without any hassle :)

Everyone there was extremely nice, and friendly, including other drivers, and got to see some very nice rigs climb HUGE runs..

Only downside to the day, was i had a passenger drive separately from me, and she was charged the $20 fee for parking, despite the fact her car was not driving, but she was just following me up...but oh well, lesson learned!


Great park, GREAT fun...for ANYONE
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Congrats on the Grand Opening day, hope it went well!

Can't wait for our Hummer event on May 30, I've got my own map all drawn up already, should be a great path through/around the park.

Ron, did you guys end up making any of those tight trails specifically one-way? Not a lot of room for passing, would hate to catch a whole group coming the opposite way...
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Congrats on the Grand Opening day, hope it went well!

Can't wait for our Hummer event on May 30, I've got my own map all drawn up already, should be a great path through/around the park.

Ron, did you guys end up making any of those tight trails specifically one-way? Not a lot of room for passing, would hate to catch a whole group coming the opposite way...
I can't speak for him, but from what i saw, and experienced, all the rated trails where one way, with signs marking the entrance/correct way, and signs with red Xouts facing the other way... Even the little stocker specific trail was a tight fit for my nissan, but was still nice and fun :)

Also, for the most part they usually had a way around (or out on the harder obstacle courses and such)
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On behalf of all the Rangers and Rocks and Valleys Thanks to all!!!!! We had a great day with all of you who came! Will be posting pics Later today.Just getting stuff around to head back up.Suppose to be a little warmer today.Maybe will see more of you today.Thanks again!!
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This was only the 2nd park ive been too, and I found ALOT of stuff for my stocker pathy to do....although I think my pathy is a little more capable than other stockers, cause i had no problem going up any hills, including the playground area, and the path/hill from playground to valley

My navigator (mom) and myself couldn't decypher the map past the first few feet of trail, but after a day of wheeling we pretty much knew the area..

I got in some BIG hill climbs/decends, the gravel pit was fun and proved a pretty decent challenge, there was a mud run and water run by the obstacles that was fun to show off @ passengers....

The two times I found myself in situations I felt would risk my rig, I was able to stop and back out easily & without any hassle :)

Everyone there was extremely nice, and friendly, including other drivers, and got to see some very nice rigs climb HUGE runs..

Only downside to the day, was i had a passenger drive separately from me, and she was charged the $20 fee for parking, despite the fact her car was not driving, but she was just following me up...but oh well, lesson learned!


Great park, GREAT fun...for ANYONE
iF YOUR 2ND DRIVER WAS CHARGED PLEASE SEE ME WHEN YOU COME BACK. i WILL MAKE IT RIGHT. WE HAD A FEW NEW TO THIS PEOPLE AND THEY MADE A CUPPLE MISTAKES THAT WE WERE ABLE TO CLEAR UP. sORRY FOR THAT . a FOR THE MAPS WE ARE IN A LEARNING CURVE WITH THE MAPS AND THEY WILL GET BETTER WITH FEED BACK . tHANKS FOR COMING AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
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Congrats on the Grand Opening day, hope it went well!

Can't wait for our Hummer event on May 30, I've got my own map all drawn up already, should be a great path through/around the park.

Ron, did you guys end up making any of those tight trails specifically one-way? Not a lot of room for passing, would hate to catch a whole group coming the opposite way...
We have most everything marked directional. These directions will change every so often to change things up.( between weekends) There are a few changes we are going to do that will help that we discussed with people and have listened to their suggestions.

We have soooooo many small off trails that people ventured on to that are not on the map. If we were to put them all on and marked the map would look like we dumped a bowl of pasta on it. There is a thought of marking certain spots on the trail with a number/ letter as a way point with the same mark on the map in relation to the trail.

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Old May 17th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #8
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Is R&V open during the week? Son is home on Leave, and wants to play!
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I enjoyed the park, it was nice and not to far from my house or anywhere in the LP for that matter. Price was good. I was glad to not pay for passengers (2 kids). I never quite understood the need for that at places like the badlands. I also liked that you had good green access roads in and out. It made it alot easier to get my jeep out in 2WD whien I broke my front driveshaft....

Some of the map was perfect and some was a little bit sketchy. I found most everything I was looking but there were a couple trails that looked like they were on the map and were roped off (maybe that was the intentional) and I wasn't able to find the "Rock Wall" trail that was listed on the map. I found my way to the sign but it led to a green access road unless there was an offshoot that I missed.

Anyway, nice place, I'll be back!
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Too Much to Do in one day.. Great time out there. Great place to host a Event forsure..

Thanks again it was also nice meeting the owners of the Property out there Very nice people..
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I had a great time, and so did the family. I met a ton of people, so many that it was hard to rememeber all of their names, but it was nice non the less.

Saw some carnage, helped some people out, and played until the sun went down. I didn't stay for the Sunday run, I still had fun though.

I'm getting the video edited, and will be putting up the pics that I do have. Not too many pics this run, as I wheeling most of the time.

Ron & all of the R&V staff did a great job for their first event. It can onle get better from here. I read a few people had a harder time reading the map than others, I can see how that could have happened, but we were able to navagate it with out any issues. I do like adding #'s to the corresponding trails. I did have a few people asking me about certain trails relating the #'s on the map.

All in all, it seemed like everyone was having a great time. Good job Rocks & Valleys.
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All in all a great day.......Too bad for the Blow job in the parking lot later in the day...That wind sure kicked up some dust!!. As stated in previouse post, It's a great park and a great distance to get to for a Day run.......I am sure you will work out the bugs in the mapping......It's all new and time will help. It has appeal to all levels... Good Opening !
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I thought the map was pretty darn good. Try deciphering the map at Windrock or even an ORV map produced by our DNR. Matt, I never saw you there. The rock wall was in the far back left corner of the gravel pit coming up from the main entrance. It's not a trail but a wall built into a little bowl. Pretty fun, I'll post a couple pics later.

I was up to R&V about 5 weeks ago and none of us could believe the work that's been done since then. Since then, a gravel driveway and parking lot, all the signs, the big log crawl, improvements to the long crawl and winch hill.

The gang at R&V is on the right track and if they keep doing what they are doing, they will have a premier destination spot.

FWIW, I talked to some people and I heard comments about challenges and tight & twisty stuff. After noting that R&V is a spinoff of Snowsnake ski resort and looking at their signs, here's my take on it. A quality ski resort up north or out west should offer everything from green bunny hills to challenging double black diamont hills complete with tight tree skiing. Without the complete package, the place is missing something. Well, same goes for an ORV park. Some open, some tight, some flat, some steep, etc, etc.

Great job Ron!!!
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This was the best weekend ive had in a very long time. I wheeled with alot of different people, met some very cool people and had some very kick ass wheelin. Great job on the park. Trails were very cool and will only get better with more people using em over and over.

Now like i told Ron the first step is admitting you have an addiction----Mine is MUD!!! YEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH BABY!!!!!!
Just wanted to throw those in here, ive got many more to come and some really cool videos too.
Thanks to everyone sat. great times great times indeed.
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The rock wall was in the far back left corner of the gravel pit coming up from the main entrance. It's not a trail but a wall built into a little bowl.

Great job Ron!!!
Ahh, so that was my error. I got to the gravel pit and assumed I missed the "trail"

Next time I go, I won't even use the map prolly. I think I got the basics down good enough and sometimes it's more fun to get lost roaming around.

I was keeping my eye out for you Jim but I never spotted you either. In all honesty, i think that's a good testiment to R & V. There was enough stuff to do that although I saw a ton of people, I didn't see the same group to many times or even all the groups of people out there.
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^^

The mud area over by the obstacle area, (along with the marsh thing) had some GREAT mud...had some grass or somethin mixed in too to make it REAL adhesive

Got it caked on 3" thick on my rocker panels and flares...stuck on the whole drive home too :D
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Pigfat, that was me that you were camped next to & I'm the guy who woke you up with the generator this morning. I said howdy to you last night at the fire but I was whipped & headed for bed early. Glad you had a good time.

Matt, here's a couple of the rock wall;





And here's 79cj spittin some dirt on the log crawl:



And finally Ironman on his maiden voyage;

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[QUOTE=whiterhino;1686369]Pigfat, that was me that you were camped next to & I'm the guy who woke you up with the generator this morning.


Hehe, well you would have woke me up if i was sleeping but my teeth chatterin all night long kept me awake. Amazing how fast a portable heater goes through a propane bottle. Wink. Hope to see ya up there again sometime and do some wheelin.
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Dont know who this is but this was the first 5 minutes of my day. I did see this guy later as a passenger in another rig.
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Hehe, well you would have woke me up if i was sleeping but my teeth chatterin all night long kept me awake. Amazing how fast a portable heater goes through a propane bottle. Wink. Hope to see ya up there again sometime and do some wheelin.
I saw you packing up and walked around a few minutes later to offer you a cup of coffee & you were gone. Hope that gas station coffee was good.
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