King of the Hammers is the Daytona 500 of off-road racing. Ultra4Racing premiere event that takes place in Johnson Valley, CA. Every year just after the Christmas holiday season my thoughts turn to KOH. It’s a full week of racing events, with so much more. Some have described it as the “Burning Man” for off-roaders. A 4×4 off-road culture experience, the types of vehicles and people you see is just plain crazy. You won’t find a more diverse gathering of off-road enthusiasts anywhere.
What is King of the Hammers
King of the Hammers is considered by many to be the toughest single-day off-road race in the world. It has become the largest off-road race event in North America. Having both the most spectators and competitors in this week-long racing experience. Ultra4 racing is the combination of desert racing and rock crawling. With the first single race in 2007 now expanding to a series of 5 races held over an entire week.
34°24′12″N 116°35′33″W King of the Hammers is held in the Johnson Valley OHV Area, a BLM managed land area. you can enter from several different areas. From Highway 247 at Old Woman Springs Road or Camp Rock Road, 55 miles southeast of Barstow. Most visitors enter the area off of Camp Rock Road by driving north off of Highway 247. Staging for competitive events is at Anderson Dry Lake, 10 miles north of Highway 247 and east of Camp Rock Road. These are graded dirt roads, RV’s and trailers can easily travel on them, but please be aware of your surroundings at all times. During KOH week there are thousands of OHV vehicles everywhere. King of the Hammers main camping is off of Boone Road and is the southernmost entrance into Johnson Valley OHV area. Base camp or “Hammertown” is located on means Dry lake bed.