Copper Classic Donation

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) presents a donation of $2,500 to the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District’s Community Schools. Shown is Lisa Armenta receiving the check from Chuck Ivy of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona dirt bike club. The proceeds help fund a three-week sports camp in the summer for kids 1st to 8th grades as well as various field trips.

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona is a non-profit club that hosts the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each year in San Manuel, Arizona and makes it a fundraiser. The race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) race series. The last event was held March 9th, 2019. In addition, school kids run a food stand at the race to also raise money.

TRS Racers

Best of luck to the TRS racers who will be participating in the Bill Holcomb Off-Road Challenge, Saturday May 11 in Page Arizona.

As always, ride hard, ride safe and represent TRS well before during and after the race.


Red Springs Project


It’s now official. The contractor starts on April 1st, no joke.

Because we got the word yesterday, George and I laid down the first moto tracks on a few sections of trail today. Just because we could.

Thanks to all that have come out and helped with the project. Now if we could just get the cows to stop eating our ribbon.

There will be opportunities later in April for all to help, but the first burn in rides are reserved for the members that have come out to help in the past few years.

So our first chance to start burning in a select set of sections is this Sunday. March 31st.

Meeting Location
Take I19 south to exit 40, Chavez Siding Road, which is just past the Border Patrol Check Point. Right and right onto the frontage road and go about .3 miles north and turn left onto the dirt road. Sign says Hunter Access, it’s easy to miss this. Take the dirt road about .1 miles west and turn left into the parking area. Unload here.

Time, please arrive and have your bike unloaded by 7:30. At 7:30 we will go over some instructions and safety

Stay tuned.


AMRA SOLLiD’s Results

Congratulations to all of the TRS racers who participated in the 2019 SOLLiD’s Day in the Desert!

A special recognition shout outs to those who captured the top spot in their respective Class:
Steve Keller 1st B40+
Mike Perry, 1st C50+
Jace Vogt, 1st. 85cc 9-11yrs

Also looks like TRS owns the C40+ class; TRS captured 3rd – 7th place. Great racing!

B250 Bryce Johnston 3rd
B30+ Jonathan Buchanan 3rd
B40+ Steve Keller 1st. (4th Overall B!!)
B40+ Shawn Barney 5th.
B40+ Dan Lutz 21st.
B40+ Anthony Beers 23rd.
B40+ Kelly VanArsdale 28th.
B50+ Dave Vogt 2nd.
COpen Trsiten Bell 10th.
C250 Dakota Bray 6th.
C40+ Diego Mendoza 3rd.
C40+ Alvaro Mendoza 4th.
C40+ Chris Bouchard 5th.
C40+ Joe Kamai 6th.
C40+ Bill Hendricks 7th.
C50+ Mike Perry 1st
C60+ Mark Koenig 2nd.
CWomen Tracy Evans 3rd.
85cc 9-11yrs Jace Vogt 1st.
85cc 9-11yrs Griffin Harris 4th.
65cc 10-11yrs Logan Bouchard 8th.

Patagonia Likes TWBD!

Steve Brown and George Wysopal were in Patagonia last night to attend the bi-monthly Town Council meeting. While at the meeting they presented an appreciation plaque to the Town Council for their support of TRS’ motorcycle event and fundraiser, There Will Be Dust VI. Thank you letters were also issued to the Gathering Grounds and Stage Stop Inn. Both of these businesses provided TWBD participants and guests outstanding service and meals.

After Steve handed off the plaque and thank you letters, all in the audience and Council members applauded our expressions of thanks. Their reaction certainly surprised both of us. Several of the Council made it known they were extremely pleased with the success of our event and the respectful behavior all participants demonstrated while visiting Patagonia. The Council also made special note and high praise for the $1,500 donation to the local food bank. Further discussions with the Council confirmed TRS is welcome to come back in November of this year for the next running of There Will Be Dust!

NOHVCC Webinar – January 30, 2019


NOHVCC’s mission is to “create a positive future for OHV recreation.” How does NOHVCC strive to further that mission? Learn more about how NOHVCC operates by participating in the “What is NOHVCC” webinar. If you have ever wondered about NOHVCC’s structure, programs, projects or staff, this webinar is for you. Also, NOHVCC provides a wide range of tools, guidance and expertise to OHV enthusiasts and managers – don’t miss this opportunity to find out if you can benefit from NOHVCC’s assistance!

Presenters include all NOHVCC staff:

Duane Taylor, Executive Director
Marc Hildesheim, Project Manager
Jack Terrell, Senior Project Manager
Geoff Chain, Project Coordinator & Communications Associate
Laura Feist, Executive Assistant

To RSVP, go to:

New Year’s Day Ride 2019

Happy New Year to all!

15 riders braved the early morning cold and snow to ride in San Manuel. One group rode the race course, two other groups road the north side of Webb Road.

As you can see, there was plenty of snow out on the trail.
The lunch after the ride was very enjoyable and warm. 🙂

Thanks to Mike B. for organizing the ride and lunch meal.


TRS New Year’s Day Ride

Details Taken from the Meetup Site Notice:
Join us for our annual New Year’s Day Ride in San Manuel. Ready to Ride (RTR) at 9 AM sharp. Depending on group size and preferences our plan is to break into multiple groups of 8 or less each with a leader familiar with the trails to keep the ride more manageable. We will be riding either the TRS San Manuel Qualifier Course and/or some of the more technical terrain on the north side of Webb Road.

Also, for those interested, TRS has made reservations at Carlota’s Mexican Restaurant in Catalina for an after ride meal at 2 PM. This “late” lunch is open to everyone riding this event. NOTE: TRS will contribute up to $300 for TRS member’s meals (you’re on your own for any alcohol). If you’re going to join us for the meal, please be back to the staging area at the school by 1 PM so we can get a good head count and all be at the restaurant at the same time.

For anyone who has not ridden in San Manuel before:

The qualifier course is a 25-30 mile C/B level ride; medium pace for me and any old farts. It will not be good for dual sport bikes or someone who has not ridden single track before.

The trails north of Webb Road are more technical with step ups/downs, deeper sand washes, lots of loose rocks in places, some tight canyons and steep hills with lots of thorny bushes thrown in just to mess with you….. this area is something for more advanced riders.

Strongly recommend a hydration pack lots of H2O, some power bars/snacks, etc. plus good protective gear and DEFINITELY some hand guards due to the cacti which is really overgrown on the trails in places.

Google Map Directions from Ina Rd/Oracle Rd intersection in north Tucson to the San Manuel Staging area is in the link below. If you’re coming from a different direction, back track to your starting location:,+Casas+Adobes,+AZ+85704/32.5970109,-110.630887/@32.5001548,-110.942828,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x86d673471e2cfea9:0x8f73a262f4d70a0b!2m2!1d-110.9773564!2d32.3370764!1m0!3e0

Join us for a fun ride. Hope to see you out there! Message George W or Mike Burke with any questions.

2015 New Year’s Day Ride In San Manuel, Possible repeat performance.