Meeting Other Riders
We have a very diverse collection of riders, all skill levels, ages, type of riding, etc. So getting connected with riders of similar needs can be difficult. TRS leadership will advertise “get to know other riders” events during the year. Such as an old slow guys ride, or a go fast guys ride, or a Dual Sport dirt road ride, trials rider, etc.
In an organization with over 100 members, there are many small groups of riders that ride together a lot and they don’t post the rides. Example, Gary Meeker, George Wysopal and Craig Wilburn ride together a lot. We are all in our early 60’s, prefer to ride more technical trails at brisk trail riding pace. Other groups ride at Marana lots. So if you want to find a group that you are compatible with, watch postings or post something on our Facebook page.
Members can equally post a ride on the Forum or Facebook page.
Prime Riding Areas
- San Manuel, sight of our race and also has some very technical trails that we don’t race on.
- Marana, lots of flowing single track.
- Red Spring, an extensive network of single-track trails created by TRS with the Forest Service.
- Redington Pass, one ATV trail and lots of jeep roads, very rocky.
Local & State Riding Laws
AZ requires OHVs obtain OHV Sticker.
State Trust Land, much of the riding in AZ is across AZ State Trust Land, a permit is required, and all the other basic OHV requirements, Spark Arrestor, 96db Muffler, etc.
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Trail Riding Etiquette
TRS strives to practice good trail etiquette when we ride on public land. We always respect that others use the same trails where we ride and are dedicated to spending so many volunteer hours helping to maintain these precious trails.
What Should You Do Before and During a Ride?
Before You Go:
- Do your research and know where it is legal to ride.
- Let someone know where you will be riding, and never ride alone.
- Map out your intended ride and use a GPS based system like Avenza to stay on course.
- Conduct a pre-ride bike safety inspection.
- Fill your bikes gas tank.
- Bring some first aid supplies.
- Bring tools and bike part bits to make trailside repairs.
- Bring snacks and plenty of drinking water.
- Bring your protective riding gear. Always gear-up for safety.
- Make sure your bike is not excessively loud and has a US Forest approved spark arrestor (Repack your muffler frequently and always keep it below 96dps).
- Always have your OHV sticker properly displayed, and up to date.
- If parking on Arizona State Trust land, display one copy of your recreational permit on your vehicle and carry the other with you as you ride.
While You Are Riding:
- Pull to the side of the trail for mountain bikers, horses and hikers.
- When meeting people on horseback, remove your helmet and goggles and let the person on horseback decide what you should do. Most often you will let them pass before resuming your ride.
- Yield the trail to other riders as they are coming uphill towards you.
- Stay on the trail, and never stray more than 10’ from these established trails.
- If encountering other vehicles, ATV’s UTV’s and other riders; know your hand signals to warn them that other riders are behind you.
- When changing trail direction at intersections, make sure the rider behind you recognizes the change before proceeding.
- If you get separated from the group, stop and wait where you are. Others will come back and find you.
- Keep the dust down when passing other trail users or camping areas.
- Slow or stop at all trail intersections, especially at road crossings.
- Be a good steward of our public lands, and if you packed it in, pack it out.