The Arizona SunRiders ATV Club was started with the idea of working with the Yuma and Lake Havasu BLM, US Forest Service, all Cities and Towns in the area, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral Club, the Metal Detecting Club and the local Merchants and all other interested parties to keep trails open and maintained. Our vision was to create a trail system like the Paiute ATV Trail System in Utah with a perimeter trail with interior and exterior trails including cities and towns for services. Included in our vision was to install signs with the trail number and arrow pointing to direction, length in miles and difficulty of the ride using the standard trail symbols and colors to mark the trails. We would like to have a unique historical name and Symbol for this trail and to make a map of the trail system with services available in the trail system area and have these maps available for purchase. A trail system like this would be an asset to Arizona and the area around Quartzsite. We (Club Members) could help install the signs and also include Trail Rangers (Volunteers) and Maintenance workers (Volunteers) to monitor the trail system. Arizona SunRiders ATV Club will apply for Grants when the time comes to mark the trails with signs and help with purchase of the signs and setting up some staging areas. Our plans are to use all existing trails that are in use and most are on the BLM and FS Maps that are in print today and have been tracked with a GPS by club members and made into maps for our trail system. The use of the Washes in our Trail System has less impact on the desert as there is very little or no dust and after the rains/monsoons there is very little or no signs of man left in the Washes. Our Club is 265 members and growing and we have a web site at www.arizonasunridersatvclub.com and we meet on the second Monday of the month. We also have Board Member meetings each month. We would very much like to be included in your Trail Management Program and help to make this a world premier trail system somewhat like the Paiute Trail System in Utah and it sure would be an asset to Arizona and La Paz County and the Quartzsite area.
After four years of maneuvering and ideas of maps and choices of trails and closure of trails and specific areas, we the undersigned have decided that it is time to take an active position in the Travel Management Plan for the Yuma and fringes of the Lake Havasu BLM areas.
The Arizona SunRiders ATV Club has become the Go To Group in the last year since forming the Club. The local Merchants, Chamber of Commerce know that we are ready to do what is necessary to accomplish this. We get calls from the Chamber of Commerce and local RV Parks for Maps and or Guides. We have Maps, but Trails need to be marked to be able to use Maps. We are in the process of offering Guides to take people out to places of interest and interesting Trails.
At this time we are ready to mark a trail for advanced riders and a trail on the valley floor for inexperienced riders. At this time we are waiting on the BLM so we can Mark those Trails. The impact on this area if you close down the Trails is quite excessive. See Graphs below.
The Paiute Trail in Utah is the stellar example of a joint effort of all Government Offices, BLM, and Forestry, City, County and state offices in the area, along with Merchants of all local Cities in that area, included also would be all off road groups, Rock & Gem Clubs, Metal Detector Clubs, ATV Clubs, 4 wheeler Clubs and all interested parties. The Paiute Trail became a reality because of the joint efforts of all the above named. We must move forward, we have stalled long enough.
Economics Impact to Quartzsite Arizona area (conservative) per season if the Trails are closed
· Arizona SunRiders Club ATV Club 265 Members $ 1,177,750,00
· Quartzsite Roadrunner Gem & Mineral Club 850 Members $ 4,027,050.00
· Metal Detecting Club 550 Members $ 2,590,500.00
· BLM Camping areas about 50 to 60 percent have some type of OHV $$$$$
· OHV Permits, License and Tags, Arizona OHV Insurance, Fuel $$$$$
Points of Interest and Destination Rides in this area
· All kinds of Mines – Gold, Silver, Copper, Cinnabar and old Mining Camps
· Old Machinery, Patten Tank Camp Sites, Stone Cabins, Old Ghost Towns
· Colorado River, Sand Dunes, Rock Climbs, Dripping Springs, Palm Canyon
· Alamo Lake, Bill Williams River, Red Canyons, Wild Life, Flowers, Cactus
· Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Bird Watching, Stamp Mills, Wind Mills
· Geo Caching, Rock Hounding, Metal Detecting, View Points, Hiking
Perimeter Trail – Interior Trails – Exterior Trails 1849 Miles
· Perimeter Trail 280 Miles – Start the Perimeter Trail at Mockingbird street off exit 19 in Quartzsite, AZ Food, Supplies, Fuel, Lodging, Camping and follow the pipe line road to Poormans Wash then cross I-10 through the Box Culvert to the south then follow the old highway to the end, then the trail going east to Brenda, AZ Food, Supplies, Camping. From Brenda take Perry road north to first wash on right and take wash to old stage coach road and to Bouse, AZ Food, Supplies, Fuel, Camping. Ride Bouse wash about 10 miles north west From Bouse and leave the Bouse wash and take wash and trails west towards Four Peaks and then on to Hwy 95. Cross Hwy 95 and head towards Copper Peak and Kaiser wash then south to Sunset Marble Mine then west to pass through Poyer Gap go past Dome Mountain exit and west to Box Culvert and cross I-10 through the culvert to the south and get on the pipe line road and go west to Ehrenberg, AZ Food, Supplies, Fuel, Lodging, Camping and get on the Colorado River road and go south for about 20 miles. Go east towards Gould Wash cross Mule Wash and keep on trail to Hwy 95. Cross Hwy 95 and go east to the pipe line road then go south about 10 miles to King Valley Road. Head south east to Trail #63 and then go north to Trail #21 and go south east and follow the trail to Trail #36 going north to Trail #14 to the Pipe Line Road. Go west about 25 miles to the Pumping Station and turn north on Pipe Line Road and go to B-26 Sub Station then go east using trails and washes to Hogback mountain and go over Hogback mountain to Apache Chief Mine. Take trail and washes to Gold Nugget Road and to old highway, take old highway across I-10 to Pipe Line Road and go west to Quartzsite. The Perimeter Trail can be access at any point as there is no start or finish to the trail.
· Interior Trails 1195 Miles – Hogback to Preacher Pass 71 miles – Mercury Mine 58 miles – Sunset Marble Mine to Sand Dunes 60 miles – Thumb Ride 65 miles – Hogback to Preacher Pass to Bouse Wash 103 miles – Dome Rock Ride 35 miles – Apache Cabin 32 miles – Brenda Explore Ride 62 miles – Colorado River Ride 101 miles – De La Osa Well 92 miles – Thumb Backside Ride 70 miles – Brenda to Preacher Pass 60 miles – Tyson Wash Ride 55 miles – Copper Chief Mine 67 miles – Big Foot Ride 42 miles – Dripping Springs to Preacher Pass 49 miles – Spanish Wall to Dripping Springs 30 miles – Stone Cabin to Kofa Ride 108 miles – Southern Cross Mine 35 miles
· Exterior Trails 374 Miles Trailer to staging area – Lake Alamo Ride 114 miles – Brenda to Machine Peak 34 miles – Red Canyon Ride 82 miles - Vicksburg Ride 26 Miles – Stamp Mill Ride 46 miles – Swansea Mine Ride 39 miles – Shea Road Ride 33 miles
Some Club E-Mails that we receive from winter visitors
· My wife and I are planning to go to Alamo with our utility quads Thanksgiving weekend. How is the river crossing? We did this another time and saw Maggie Mine and few other places we stumbled into on our own.
We are coming to the Big Q the first week of Jan for the rest of the winter. We are avid ATV riders and boondockers. We belong to two ATV clubs in Colorado and believe numbers make a louder voice when dealing with the BLM & FS. We have volunteered in the maintenance of trails in our area. We would like to hook up to go riding with group. We spent 3 wonderful weeks last year on Plamosa Road, and decided to retire and head out New Years Day for AZ.
Hi, my wife, 10-yr old daughter and another family of like number plan to visit Quartzsite from 12/29 to 1/3/10. I have a Polaris Ranger, the daughter & her friend drive a Rzr 170 (kid's version of Polaris RZR) and the other parents drive a Jeep. We'd like to camp somewhere that we can ride from our campsite. Dripping springs look neat from the photos--so we're thinking of camping south of Quartzsite. Ordereed the La Posa map from the Yuma BLM today. Any areas you recommend to go to or stay away from? Is Quartzsite fairly tame on new years eve? Is it OK to drive the off-road vehicles to town to visit the swap meets/vendors? we're family-oriented in our riding & camping & would rather avoid the all-nite binge drinking crowds, which is why we're not going to Glamis or Octillo Wells areas. Any help or advice you can porovide would be most appreciated!
Looking for maps of the Quartzsite area, so we can stay on the proper trails and be able to go see some interesting sites, canyons and ghost towns ect within 50 mile radius.
The Arizona SunRiders ATV Club gets email like this often and we do not have a good answer for them as we have to tell them that most trails are not marked and that there is not a good map to use to ride the trails. We could give them a map that a club member has made with their GPS and Computer but it would be useless to them as the trails are not marked. Search and Rescue would like to have the trails marked and maps so when they get an Emergency call the caller can tell them what their location is and can send responders to rescue them. We are looking forward to working with you to change this.
The Arizona SunRiders ATV Club has been working with Ray Aspa Sr. at the Colorado River Indian Tribe since last year on getting the Trails open on the Reservation so that OHV Riders would have some new and exciting places to ride and as of March 1, 2010 you can purchase a $25.00 Tag per year to put on your OHV and ride the Reservation. You will need to read their Rules and the link is on the Club Web Site and the CRIT Web Site. We have talked to Ray about adding some of their Trails to our Trail System to increase the Perimeter Trail and add more Trails to our Trail System and he said that it would be acceptable with him as long as the rider has a CRIT Tag on their OHV. With this addition of Trails this would really make this part of Arizona the world premier trail system and bring many visitors to this area to ride this Trail System.
"Working To Keep The Trails Open"
Representative Raul Grijalva