Big Horn Fire Update

Coronado National Forest Update on The Big Horn Fire.
Received from Adam Milnor, Recreation, Heritage, and Lands Staff Officer, Coronado National Forest
Bighorn Fire Recovery –
There’s been a lot of interest in the re-opening of the Santa Catalina trail system and recreation sites after the Bighorn Fire. First, the good news: the fire spared most developed recreation facilities and vistas along Catalina Highway. With the exception of Rose Canyon campground, where the burn encroached on one of the loops, most of the sites emerged unscathed thanks to the tireless work of the wildland firefighters.
The more challenging news is that the trail system, especially on the north side of the mountains, was heavily impacted. Over 120 miles of trails were burned by the Bighorn Fire and most of them remain closed. Approximately 64 of which were either high or moderate severity including portions of the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the ANST wilderness bypass. Popular trails such a Wilderness of Rocks, Pima Canyon and the Green Mountain Trail are within the burn area boundary but are to various degrees. While some of have seen moderate and even beneficial ecological impacts, trails like Canada del Oro and Red Ridge have been very heavily damaged. The major public safety issues are related to hazard trees and the ongoing risk of erosion and debris flows. Some trails, such as Butterfly Trail, have hundreds of nearby standing dead trees, or trees that have fallen across the trail. Other trails, like Romero Canyon, put potential visitors in the path of serious flood risk. Until hazards on the highest risk trails are addressed, these trails simply aren’t safe for trail users or volunteers for now. We have, however, reached out to all of our trail organization partners and asked them to identify which trail projects outside the highest risk areas that might be of interest.
To be frank, recovery will take years and things will never be quite the way we remember them. However, are working diligently to improve the situation and have had multiple certified sawyers out on trails helping to clear them, preparing the way for youth crews or volunteers. The long-running fire season in the West, as you might imagine, has limited the supply of certified sawyers. But our work continues – we have made an investment in young adult crews with the Arizona Conservation Corps, who will be spending nine weeks this winter and spring working to reopen trails. We also welcome organizations who want to contribute time and energy to reach out and find ways to partner with us.
As for the current status, trails outside the burn scar have also been reopened. The fire closure was extended and modified recently, with a number of a high elevation trails like Marshall Gulch, Incinerator Ridge, and portions of the Green Mountain Trail reopened to the public. In total, we have reopened over 90 miles of trail. The current order runs until May 2021, but will continually be reevaluated.

There Will Be Dust Report

There Will Be Dust Report
On Saturday, November 21 in Amado Arizona, TRS staged their annual event, There Will Be Dust.
Because of your support and contributions, TRS was able to host another quality event for the dirt bike community and raise funds for the Amado Food Bank. The final contribution amount is being calculated right now and early indications suggest we will meet or exceed our $1,500 goal.
The participation numbers turned out to be very strong considering the current concerns over the virus. The Longhorn Grill & Saloon supported us better than we could have hoped. Their accommodations and food were top shelf. All the riders I spoke with after their ride said they enjoyed the routes and enjoyed themselves.
My helmet is off to all the TRS volunteers, family and friends that made this event possible. Our goal was to provide a quality event and I believe that goal was achieved. Also a big thanks to Boy Scout Troop #508 of Rio Rico & The USFS, Nogales Ranger District who presented the Colors to start the riders meeting.
If you were not able to attend this year, please plan to do so next year. Check out the slideshow of photos taken at this year’s event.
Finally a special thanks to the local bike shops and bike industry sponsors who pitched in merchandise for the raffle party; Tucker Powersports, On Any Moto, AZKKT, Cycle Skis & ATV, Serrano’s Motorsports & Service, Musselman’s Honda, Rocky Mountain MC/ATV, Giant Loop & RideNow.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKNf6ii0sjU

Red Spring Trail Clean Up – October 17th.

Seventeen (17) TRS members along with John Titre from the US Forest Service we on hand on Saturday Oct. 17th to pick up smuggler trash left behind in various locations along the Red Spring Trail system. Enough trash was collected to fill the FS truck! Cool !! Thanks to all who participated in the clean up. Another event will be schedule in the near future.

There Will Be Dust Registration is Open !!

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) is excited to announce that registration for There Will Be Dust VIII is officially open!!!

TWBD VIII Tickets may be purchased at:
https://trsaz.org/event/twbd-viii-tickets/

TWBD VIII Further information:
https://trsaz.org/there-will-be-dust-viii/

TWBD VIII Frequently Asked Questions:
https://trsaz.org/there-will-be-dust-viii-faq/

We look to seeing all of our past event riders and hopefully some new faces as well.

Copper Classic Donation

On Monday August 24, 2020, TRS club member Chuck Ivy presented a check made out to the San Manuel Community Schools in the amount of $2,500 to Lisa Armenta. His next visit was to the San Manuel Fire Department where he presented them with a check for $500. These donated funds were raised at the Copper Classic Restart Enduro held in San Manuel Arizona on March 7th of this year. The Copper Classic race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) Arizona State Championship Series.

TRS is proud to continue to give back to the San Manuel community. We look forward to the next Copper Classic in 2021.

There Will Be Dust VIII (8) – Breaking News

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) is proud to announce they will be hosting this outstanding ride & fund raiser once again this November. However, due to the Mayor’s decision to prohibit large social gatherings in the town of Patagonia, TRS had to regroup and obtain an alternate location. We are very pleased to inform you this year’s event will be hosted out of the town of Amado, Arizona. The owner of the Longhorn Grill & Saloon is excited to join with TRS in providing another quality motorcycling ride experience.

Event Date: Saturday November 21, 2020

Some key points of interest related to the event. These actions will be implemented to address the pandemic social distancing concerns.

• To reduce line queues at Check-in, all registrations/event related purchases (ride, extra meal tickets, raffle tickets, t-shirt sales) for the event will be done on-line via Eventbrite.
• To reduce line queues at Check-in, the AMA Liability form will be emailed to those registered such that these forms can be completed by the rider in advance and dropped off in a box at the check-in table.
• To provide for proper social distancing, outdoor & indoor space will be made available at the Longhorn Grill & Saloon for meals (breakfast & dinner).

TRS will be publishing an event flier and updates to a webpage in the coming weeks. Greater event detail will be provided in those postings, so stay tuned.

A recommendation for those planning to stay in the Amado area Friday and Saturday nights. Because our event is close to Thanksgiving, you may wish to make reservations now for hotel or RV accommodations.

Here is a short list for your consideration.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Green Valley Inn
111 S La Canada Drive
Green Valley, Arizona 85614
United States
Phone: (520) 625-2250
12 miles, 14 minutes from the Longhorn Saloon & Bar

Vagabond Inn Executive – Green Valley Sahuarita
19200 S. I-19 Frontage Road
Green Valley, Arizona, 85614
Phone: 520-625-0900
15 miles, 17 minutes from the Longhorn Saloon & Bar

Comfort Inn Green Valley I-19
90 West Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ, 85614, US
Phone: (520) 399-3736
12.5 miles or 14 minutes from the Longhorn Saloon & Bar

Nearby RV Park Accommodations

De Anza RV Park
Address: 2869 I-19 Frontage Rd
Amado, AZ 85645
Phone: (520) 398-8628
*No Tent Camping*
2.0 miles or 4 minutes from the Longhorn Saloon & Bar

Mountain View RV Ranch
Address: 2843 East Frontage Road
2843 I-19 Frontage Rd
Amado, AZ 85645
Tent Camping Available
2.2 miles or 4 minutes from the Longhorn Saloon & Bar

Nearby Dispersed Camping (ask for GPS coordinates)
• Arizona State Trust Land. (Recreation Permit Required)
• Coronado National Forest managed land.

Road Improvement

During recent OHV Partners meeting with the Coronado National Forest, TRS made a request to improve the condition of Forest Service Road # 684 which leads to the Red Spring Trail staging area. As some of you know, pulling a bike trailer on this road from the freeway frontage road to the RST staging area was a rough go.

Today we received an update from the Forest Service (Walt Keys, Road Engineering). He stated:

Our road crew says they maintained the road to and through the Red Springs area.
Walt.

I have asked Walt for clarification if the road maintenance continued past the staging area to the intersection of FSR 684 & 4136. Awaiting a reply on that request.

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