FOURTH ANNUAL HUSKY CHAMPIONSHIPS AREA INFORMATION
Cahuilla Creek MX Park is located on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation near Anza, California, and is one of the most scenic motocross tracks anywhere! To get there, take Interstate 15 to Temecula and exit at Highway 79 South. You will soon leave suburbia and head into the foothills. Approximately 18 miles down the road turn left at Highway 371 in Aguanga and head north. Ten miles up the hill you will see a small sign on a bridge that marks Cahuilla Creek, and then immediately thereafter a billboard that reads “Cahuilla Creek MX.” Carefully exit the highway onto the dirt access road to the right and proceed slowly downhill to the ticket window.
Alternatively, if you're coming from the north, you can take Highway 74 east from Hemet or west from Palm Desert to Highway 371 south. The track will then be on your left. Note that Highway 74 is steep and twisty and is not well suited for motorhomes or trailers.
There are multiple gas stations along the 79 South as you leave Temecula, but the only other one is a Chevron north of the track on the 371 in Anza. The Stagecoach Inn in Aguanga has gas, but it's just 87 octane.
Temecula has no shortage of restaurants, including a slew of familiar chains along the 79 South plus more upscale eateries on Front Street in Old Town west of I-15. There isn't much on the Indian Reservation, but there is the Cahuilla Casino north of the track on the 371, plus a couple of biker/cowboy joints: the Stagecoach Inn on the 79 South in Aguanga and the Cahuilla Mountain Market & Cafe on the 371 in Anza.
Temecula is the gateway to Southern California Wine Country, where there are some 40 vineyards. If you—or your significant other who wants to get away from the races for a while—are into that sort of thing, you will find most of the wineries along Rancho California Road east of the I-15. Just follow the “Wine Country Trail” signs or pick up a map at any of the area wineries.
Alternatively, if you're coming from the track, you can take the 79 South back toward civilization and then turn north onto Anza Road, which will lead you to a roundabout smack dead in the middle of Wine Country. We recommend Doffo Winery at the easternmost end of the valley, which not only has fine wines but also a superb motorcycle collection. Be sure to ask for a peak inside the “barrel room.”
Given its proximity to Wine Country, Temecula is a popular tourist destination. Most of the hotels are located adjacent to
I-15, which passes through the center of town. Unfortunately these hotels tend to sell out, and as rooms become scarce, rates soar! Less expensive lodging can be found off I-15 in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Fallbrook, or to the north off Highway 74 in Hemet and Palm Desert. One other less obvious option is Idyllwild, which seems like a sleepy mountain town but actually has a number of hotels, motels and cabins. It's just a half-hour north of the track, a few miles west of the 371/74 junction. Seige and Robin Hannah found a cabin there on Air BnB in 2017 and raved about the place!
There is plenty of space to park a motorhome at the track, and if you don't own one, they're available for rent all over Southern California. Please note that there are no hookups at the track and the only water is non-potable, so be sure to fill up before you leave civilization. There also are no permanent restrooms at the track, although there are plenty of well-maintained porta-potties. If you wish to camp at a facility with hook-ups, there are a number in the surrounding area.
If you are visiting the area, you owe it to yourself to check out Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside. Not only is it the nearest Husqvarna dealer, it has an excellent museum with lots of Huskies and you might even meet the man himself!
Pro Circuit and Troy Lee Designs, both in Corona, are also worth a visit, and both have Husqvarna roots; in fact, Troy Lee rode for Mitch Payton's Husky shop early in his career. If you need some new riding gear, check out Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino; its discount/clearance room is bigger than most dealerships! The closest shop to the track is Temecula Motorsports, and while they have an impressive assortment of accessories, they are not an authorized Husqvarna dealer.
If you care to ride your streetbike to spectate at the Husky Championships, there are numerous twisty roads to the north (Idyllwild), south (Palomar Mountain) and west (Sage Road is a favorite) of the track. There are also numerous dirt roads for you adventure-tourer and dual-sport types. Bring your Forest Map and GPS and take the long way there!