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By: Robert Janis

Bar 10 Ranch

Former Cattle Ranch Attracts ATVers in Arizona

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Grand Canyon ATV scenic tour
Grand Canyon ATV scenic tour

 Free Time Activity
Free Time Activity

“In Arizona all motor vehicles that are operated on county roads and on National Park Service roads have to be street legal registered, include safety equipment and must include a license plate,” explained Raymond Klein of the National Park Service Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona. According to Klein, safety equipment includes headlights, taillights, brake lights, horn, mirror and license plate light. “One of the things that can be a little confusing about Arizona is that when you buy an ATV ,you get an RV title plate,” Klein continued. “The title plate is different from a street legal registration plate. The street legal registration plate has “MC” on it. Individuals think that the RV plate that they get from the state when they buy their ATV is sufficient. However, to ride an ATV in the Arizona Strip you need to get the proper street legal MC license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles and also get street-legal registered."

Klein also noted that there is an age limit concerning who can drive an ATV on county roads or Park Service lands or roads. According to Klein, you have to be 18-years old or older and hold a regular motor vehicle operation driver’s license. In addition, ATVs that are marked by a sticker by the manufacturer are designated by those stickers as being designed to carry a passenger, and so they are allowed to carry a passenger other than the driver on the Arizona Strip. “Most ATVs built today are straddle type and designed to carry only the driver,” said Klein. “There are aftermarket add-ons that can accommodate passengers that you can buy; but if the machine is not designed to carry a passenger, then it is not allowed to do so in the strip.” People accompanying the driver in machines designed for passengers and are so designated by a sticker on the vehicle placed there by the manufacturer can carry an extra person. Passengers can also ride in the bigger UTVs, added Klein.

Klein said that people with ATVs who visit the Arizona Strip come mostly from Utah and Nevada. “Utah now offers a way you can register an ATV as street legal. They also give you a license plate as well. They require a few more safety items like turn signals and such. On the other hand, Nevada does not have a program to register ATVs. So when visitors from Nevada and Utah come in contact with law enforcement personnel like park rangers of the National Park Service then we tell them they need to get their ATVs street legal registered or they can’t ride in the Arizona Strip,” said Klein. He added that law enforcement personnel have been known to send ATVers home rather than allow them to ride the strip without the proper license.

Bar 10 Ranch Lodge Inside
Bar 10 Ranch Lodge Inside

Bar 10 Ranch Lodge Sleeping Accommodations
Bar 10 Ranch Lodge Sleeping Accommodations

Finally, Klein volunteered that in the area there are roads administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and they do not require ATVs to be street-legal registered. “Most of the main arteries that enter the strip from Utah and Nevada are county maintained roads or two-track type roads and they are typically BLM designated roads,” he said. Klein said that the National Park Service has posted signs identifying the boundaries in which the roads they administer are located and let ATV riders know that they are leaving BLM managed roads and are entering an area that has roads administered by the Park Service. In additions, these signs warn the public that their machines must be street legal registered.

Other recreation provided by the Bar 10 Ranch includes horseback riding, helicopter tours, skeet shooting, hiking and white water rafting. There is also a nature center where guests can see some of the desert fauna and animals including spiders, snakes, lizards, scorpions, squirrels and other indigenous creatures. There is also free time activities like billiards, table tennis, tetherball, volleyball, horse shoes and a roping station where cowboys teach guests how to swing a rope and catch steer. There is also entertainment in the evening. “The entertainment varies. It can be as simple as sitting around a camp fire to a show that includes our employees performing a country & western program,” said Gavin.

In addition, meals cooked by the Ranch’s staff are served in buffet style. “We set up the times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to fit the wishes of the guests,” said Gavin.

Accommodations include dormitory-style rooms in the lodge which feature two bunk beds and covered wagons behind the lodge that include a double mattress and electric lanterns. There is a restroom and shower facility next to the covered wagons that service the people who stay there and men’s and ladies’ restrooms and showers in the lodge to accommodate guests who stay there. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs.

The basic overnight rates which includes lodging, breakfast and dinner is $105.99 per person. There are discounts for large groups and for families.

More information can be found at the lodge’s website: www.bar10.com.

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