On Thursday of this week, during the quarterly meeting TRS attends with the Coronado National Forest Supervisor, it was mentioned OHV users are riding on the large rock formation affectionately know as Chimney Rock. This rock formation (adjacent to FS Road 4431) has been signed and fenced as off limits to OHV use several times over the years, only to have the signs shot up or removed entirely and the fence taken down. There is a significant reason for keeping off the rock formation; it is a nesting area for eagles.
So please spread the word, and respect this area by not riding your dirt bike, jeep, truck or side by side on the Chimney Rock formation.
The Catalina Ranger District has a plan to reroute FS Road 4431 a safe distance away from Chimney Rock. No idea when that reroute will occur.
Map identifies Chimney Rock. Reference, 371 is Redington Road.
Anyone who enjoys riding dual sport or adventure bikes should visit the website of Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) at www.ridebdr.com. BDR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and preserve off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles. Through education, advocacy, and promotion of responsible motorcycle travel, BDR seeks to preserve backcountry motorcycling opportunities for generations to come.
For more go to: https://www.nohvcc.org/backcountry-discovery-routes-provide-free-resources-to-adventure-riders-and-they-want-to-help/
PHOENIX – H.B. 2246 would require all motorcyclists, passengers and ATV operators to wear a helmet at all times while operating the vehicle. The bill also would require protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield, unless the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen. Riders and passengers can opt out of the requirement by paying a fee when registering their vehicles. Revenue from the fee would be split between the Arizona Highway User Revenue fund ($200) and the Spinal and Head Injuries Trust Fund ($300).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 1024) is bipartisan legislation that would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. The current E15 label doesn’t mention motorcycles specifically. The new label would call out motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles with pictograms of these vehicles and equipment specifically prohibited from using E15. Also included in this legislation are provisions specific to blender pumps that would require warnings about residual high-ethanol-content blends left in the fueling hose from the previous customer. U.S. Reps. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) reintroduced the bill.
The southwestern desert is one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes on earth. You can be riding in rim deep sand, teeth chattering rocks, smooth rolling trails, and hills that would challenge a mountain goat. And all in less than a mile. We’ve put together a few suggestions that we hope will make your riding more enjoyable.
One of the biggest mistakes new riders to the desert make is underestimating their hydration needs. A bottle of water might be fine for a day ride in Michigan, but it won’t work here. We recommend a hydration pack [like a CamelBak] in addition to a spare bottle of water.
Helmet: We recommend an MX or Adventure style full coverage helmet and goggles. A modular helmet is another option.
Boots: We recommend MX or Adventure style boots with plenty of shin protection.
Pants: There are lots of things in the desert that will try to stick you. We recommend heavy duty MX style pants. You’ll need a vented pair for warm weather.
Gloves: As we said, there a lots of things out there that will stick you [Google La Cholla cactus] We recommend gloves with finger and knuckle protection.
Jersey: We recommend a long-sleeve jersey.
Protective Gear: We recommend a chest protector [MX roost style] at the very least. Full coverage chest, elbow, shoulder and knee protection is a plus.
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS
All vehicles, including off-road vehicles, need to be registered and plated in Arizona. You will receive either an “MC” or “RV” designation on your plate. You will also need an OHV Decal is a sticker which must be purchased annually to allow your OHV to be operated within Arizona.
Arizona Trust Land is land managed by the State Land Department. Trust Land is not public land. A recreation permit is required to camp, hike or travel on Trust Land that is designated as open for recreation.
In a single ride you will likely pass through Arizona Trust Land, Bureau of Land Management areas, and Private Property. It’s important to recognize and respect whichever property you are on. If you come across a gate, make sure you leave it in the position you found it. Closed, or open.
PROTECTING THE CRITTERS
The desert is an ocean with it’s life underground, so the song goes. We want to be good stewards of the land and it’s occupants.
Much of the desert is open range. Use caution when cresting hills and rounding blind corners. You don’t want to meet a 1,500 pound cow or worse yet, and angry bull.