Each spring we get our UTVs geared up, upgrade a few parts, wash ‘em, make sure they’re fresh and clean, only to get downright muddy and put them through some serious muck. You guessed it, it’s that time of year, the mother of all mud events is here: The High Lifter Mud Nationals! We headed down to one of the muddiest, mud parks in the Midwest; Hillarosa ATV Park in Blevins, Arkansas for the annual event March 30th – April 3rd. For many of us, it’s the kickoff party of the year for a great summer of SxS riding. The 2022 High Lifter Mud Nationals was definitely one for the books, five days of camping, mud riding, and great entertainment brought side by side enthusiasts out by the thousands and did not disappoint!
The High Liter crew always brings the fun to the mud! From the mud drag races to the bounty hole, there was plenty of muddy entertainment to spectate or even participate in. The crowd gathered around the shows each day cheering, as the participants battled it out for cash purses.
The High Lifter team had the hook up on prizes too, with games like musical chairs and spin the wheel happening twice a day, attendees got a chance to win some cool stuff like gear, gift certificates and even UTV parts.
A massive vendor row was centered in the park with a variety of aftermarket parts companies, food trucks, OEMs, and more. Some of our favorite brands were in attendance including: Seizmik, MTX Audio, Gator Waders, Dragonfire Racing, Quadboss, Rockford Fosgate, EFX Tires, MSA Wheels, Fuel Off-Road, KMC Wheels, Assault Industries, Super ATV, EPI Performance Parts, ITP Tires and Wheels, Raceline Wheels, ZBroz Racing, KFI Products, Dayco, System 3 Off-Road, and of course High Lifter. Attendees could get a look at the latest parts and accessories from vendors, as well as get some free swag; some vendors even had parts on sale. And let’s not forget to mention the great food, everything we tried was awesome, we were definitely eatin’ good.
Can-Am and, title sponsor of the event, Polaris were in the house too! Both OEMs had a fleet of new machines on display and were passing out goodies to fans.
From Live music each night and a DJ all night long, to the crowning of Miss High Lifter, the entertainment kept on flowing. Great tunes and beautiful girls, what’s not to love?
The Show N Shine is one of our favorite Mud Nats events. The best of the best bikes are put on display and are at the mercy of the crowd to cast their votes to see who’s top dawg. All the side by sides entered were over the top, oozing awesomeness.
We caught a few celebrities at the event including 4×4 Barbie and Polaris sponsored racers RJ Anderson and Ronnie Anderson. We went on a night ride with the crew, hanging with the Anderson brothers late into the night. Good times, those guys are too fun!
This was the third year Mud Nats was held at Hillarosa ATV Park, it’s a great place to ride. Extremely muddy, so it’s perfect for a Mud Nationals event. The park is around 2,000 acres, and populated with some serious mud trails, water crossings, and deep, deep mud holes. It rained cats and dogs on Wednesday, making the park sloppy and dust free, just perfect for mud riding. Even with 6” High Lifter Portals and 35 inch Outlaw 3 Tires on our Polaris General, we still found ourselves stuck a few times, high centered in some deep, deep ruts. We also helped several people get unstuck by winching them out. It seemed like the holes got bigger as the weekend went on, it was probably the most action our winch has seen to date. What a blast!
All in all, the 2022 High Lifter Mud Nationals was a huge success! We had fun gettin’ muddy with our friends and making new ones in the process. It truly is the best event to kick off our riding season! Great people, great memories, great riding; we’re already looking forward to the next one. Be sure to follow High Lifter Events for the heads up on the 2023 High Lifter Mud Nationals, we’ll see ya there!