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.

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.


Coronado NF Big Horn Fire Update

For those who do not use Facebook, see the message and related maps Gary Meeker posted on our TRS’ Facebook pages.

Important info on the Santa Catalina Forest Closure. Everything in red is closed until November 1st, but depending on conditions things could open sooner. Short story, once Redington Rd (371) opens (hopefully soon) everything south of Redington Rd is open, including Chiva Falls, some roads are also open north of 371, but very limited as of right now. Including part of the Race Track area and the ATV Trail are closed. Please respect this closure and the fines for violating are very big. TRS will stay in touch with the FS for any updates.

The full order is here.…

Also 4438 Bullock Canyon did burn. And even once they have 100% containment, there will still be some areas burning inside the contained area and extreme flooding could occur.

Let’s all stay cool, take a deep breath and relax. Thanks.

Gun Range in Redington Pass

Coronado National Forest Receives Special Use Permit
Application for Shooting Range in Redington Pass

TUCSON, AZ, June 9, 2020 – The Coronado National Forest (Forest) has received an application from the Tucson Rod and Gun Club (TRGC) for a Special Use Permit to construct, operate, and maintain a shooting range in Redington Pass on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
The application submitted by TRGC proposes a shooting range that would be built in phases and includes the following improvements: a shotgun range with a variety of shooting stations, shooting stands, and clay target throwers; a firearms safety training range; an individual marksmanship rifle and pistol range; a group marksmanship range for organized group training and shooting; an archery range; a simulated hunt trail; and an outdoor education area. Additional proposed improvements include shade ramadas, vault toilets, a solar-powered water well, and a portable metal container for storage and office space.
The Forest has not yet begun any environmental analysis on this proposal. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), should that process begin, the public will have multiple opportunities to comment on this proposal during the designated scoping, comment and objection periods, as part of the pre-decisional review process described in 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B.
If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback on this application, you may email the Santa Catalina Ranger District at with the Subject titled: “Tucson Rod and Gun Club.” To sign up to receive notifications as part of any future NEPA process, you may subscribe at…/coronado/landmanagement/projects .

OHV Decal Problems at DMV

Thanks to TRS member Steve for sharing.

Not sure if this has come to attention yet, but since the DMV has transitioned online renewal from to their new site, AZMVDNow, their
is a problem.

When trying to renew an OHV registration online, the site states that the tags are
permanent and do not require renewal. This is false of course. After two hours on
hold with three different reps, I finally got an appointment to appear at the east side
DMV office.

I paid my $26 there, and several days later, received the ‘registration’ in the mail.
The registration has no expiration date and the decal reads “NO DECAL”.
I called DMV (another 45 minutes on hold), and a level 2 rep finally informed me that
there is no fix for this right now, and that I should print out my receipt from the
website and carry that with me, as all AZ law enforcement agencies have supposedly
been made aware of this error.

Sorry if this is old news, just wanted you to be aware.