Whether you come for the racing, the camping camaraderie, or the food, you will never be disappointed at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship. Held at the end of July into the beginning of August at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the party goes on for a whole week. Park your RV at one of the 200+ campsites at the ranch while you hang out and enjoy a week of motocross excitement.
With bumps, jumps, turns, and obstacles, it's a blast to watch the competitors fly around the track at "Loretta Lynn's MX". This may be an amateur championship, but these guys sure do ride like pros. Watch as hundreds of riders compete in this week-long competition. There are other activities to enjoy too, such as the track walk, autograph sessions, chapel services, and live music.
You and the family can also enjoy some of the other entertainment at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Check out the swimming pool, playground, stagecoach, specialty shops and post office, horse barn, and the museum. You can see a replica of Loretta Lynn’s house called the Butcher Holler House and there is even a simulated coal mine with artifacts and photos from the mines in Kentucky where Loretta grew up. There is really so much to do here, you may have to stay even longer.
You can enjoy a full week of camping and racing fun at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship, often for about $450 per vehicle. Pricing is usually prorated as the week goes on, knocking off around $50 per day. For example, if you get there on Wednesday, you might pay $300 for the rest of the week. In the past, guests have attended for a single day with a $40 fee per vehicle. Guests are encouraged to reserve a spot online in advance, but they do allow first-come, first-served if there are any spots left when you arrive.
You can easily find Loretta Lynn’s Ranch just off TN-13 and Hurricane Mills Road in Northwestern Tennessee. If you are coming to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship from the Nashville area, which is 75 miles to the east, you can take I-40 west to TN-13. Coming from Memphis, which is about 150 miles to the southwest, you can take I-40 east to TN-13.
Parking can be difficult in an RV no matter where you are, and this is one of those places where it is important to camp rather than park. If you are not going to camp onsite, consider taking a cab or rideshare rather than driving in and parking--there is very little parking and it is far from the track.
You won’t find any public transportation such as bus services here in Hurricane Mills, or in Humphreys County at all. However, you may be able to find a tour bus service, ride share, or taxi to take you to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship if you camped elsewhere. Renting a car is also an option if you are planning on traveling around town while you're in the neighborhood.
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch has over 100 campsites in several different areas. The Stagecoach Hill has 55 pull-through sites with fire pits, tables, live music, and games. Boone Hill has 25 sites with a playground, gazebo, and charcoal grills. The Lower Campground has more than 50 sites with a 10,000 square foot pavilion, a pool, playground, and Hurricane Creek. You can also find a shower and modern restrooms at each campground. Small and friendly pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
If you cannot get a spot at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, don’t worry. There are plenty of great campgrounds within a 20-mile area. The Buffalo KOA is only eight miles away and has 47 extra-large RV sites with hookups, a pool, playgrounds for the kids, volleyball, a gaga pit, pet area, and WiFi. You can also find several other campgrounds nearby with full hookups, beaches, playgrounds, ponds, and pull-through sites that can accommodate up to 100-foot rigs.
You'll need a pit vehicle permit if you want to use a vehicle to get around at the venue, which includes mules, golf carts, pit bikes, scooters, and mopeds. No UTVs, ATVs, or high-performance vehicles are allowed on the grounds. Only campers or racers are allowed to use a pit vehicle and you must be 16 years old to operate one. Some of the activities at the ranch provide cart service or trams such as the tours and Western Town.
Summertime is hot in Tennessee no matter where you are, and Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is no exception. Pack a lot of shorts and cool tank tops and tees but go ahead and throw in some jeans and long-sleeved shirts, just in case. Comfortable shoes are a must and a hat is a good idea as well.
You can bring a backpack into the track area, but it will be searched so make sure you don’t have any alcohol, fireworks, drugs, weapons, or other prohibited items in there. Since you will be at the ranch where there is fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating, bring along what you need for any of these activities you plan to enjoy.
Be prepared for the heat. Bring extra water, cool clothing, and a hat to keep the sun off your face and head. Sunglasses will protect your eyes as well as your face but bring (and wear) sunblock or sunscreen to prevent sunburn. There is very little shade out on the track. Bug spray is also important to keep those mosquitos and ticks at bay.
You can use a camp stove or gas grill to cook during the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship at any of the campgrounds at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Many of the sites also have a campfire pit with a grill to cook on. Although the ranch has several sites with full hookups, those are reserved for the racers so you will have to use a generator if you need power, but not after 11:00 PM.
You’ll find some awesome food at Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen but if you would rather take a trip into town, Hurricane Mills has a variety of venues to choose from. From southern style cooking, BBQ, and Mexican eateries to fast food, tacos, and even some Chinese cuisine. Bring some fancy threads so you can enjoy a nice sit-down meal with the family at one of the several steak and seafood restaurants.
The track has quite a few concession areas with a variety of food choices from burgers to bratwurst as well as a beer garden and kids' area where you can get some kid-sized meals. You can also eat at one of the restaurants at the ranch anytime you like. For souvenirs, check out the many merchandise vendors around the track as well as the track store or the shops at the ranch.
Security officers, as well as Humphreys County Sheriff Officers, will be on hand during the entire week to keep order and make sure everyone is safe while having fun. Bags will be checked and anyone who does not follow the rules will be removed. There is also a sheriff’s office next to the track office between Hurricane Mills Road and Martin Mile Road.
Tennessee summers are hot, with temperatures that can reach the 90s for highs and upper 60s for lows. Thunderstorms are not uncommon in July in this part of Tennessee either so go ahead and pack an umbrella and a poncho or raincoat. It is best to be prepared for everything no matter what the forecast says.
Medical staff is on hand at the MX Sports Race Track Office by the Sheriff’s Office. Trained medical personnel, as well as paramedics, are onsite for emergencies. If you or someone near you needs assistance, call the emergency number or 911. The closest hospital is seven miles away on TN-13 if you would rather make the drive yourself.