Life as we know it

The eminent threat of trail closures loom above us like the plume of exhaust from a poorly jetted 2-stroke. We love to ride the high country with our best friends and expose them to the best skinny trail on the planet, but should we really be showing everyone our favorite stash of legal trail?

As an advocate of trail conservation I am always caught in a conundrum. I have many friends from around the country who want to experience the best of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer, but should I be the one who welcomes them to experience it?

I often hear other Colorado native off-roaders say that everyone needs to stay out of Colorado or we will lose our precious trails. I never hear MTB users express that. It is always the opposite with the MTB crowd. In fact, the MTB guys come in droves, have extensive websites that point out good trail, and are kicking our asses when it comes to the amount of trails available to them.

So WTF? Have we been taking the wrong approach? Do we need to be more inclusive to help build numbers?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is happening and how these issues should be addressed. But rarely do we see unity in the off-road crowd. Clubs are dwindling. The clubs that are intact, have members that are pushing an age that should see them riding wheel chairs and not motos. Bottom line is that we are losing our trails and ultimately losing our way of life.

The Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance ( www.coloradotpa.org)  and the Colorado Off Highway Vehilce Coalition (www.cohvco.org) are two Colorado organizations that spend countless hours and even more money to keep our trails open.

I strongly suggest that you get your friends together to form a club and help keep our way of life. Donate time, money, or what ever you can to the organizations that are helping us.

Give the guys at the TPA and COHVCO a call, and ask how you can help.

 

 

 

 

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