By: Robert Janis
Concerned Factions Help to Discourage Rogue Use
of Trust Lands
Once it became clear how prevalent the problem
was, the agency and the stake holders, which
included ATV groups, local governments,
adjoining land owners, and federal and state
agencies, came together to resolve the issue.
“We sat down and tried to come up with a
consensus to give up certain roads that were
redundant or not leading to any meaningful areas
that were carved out over time; and, in the
process, come out with an overall plan for the
trails that remain,” said Christy.
So, in cooperation it was decided which trails
or roads would be closed and which trails would
remain open. Moreover, it was decided to
redesign some trails to create looping systems
so that trails would not dead end in a
particular area and encourage a frustrated rider
to go on into forbidden territory. The agency
has also worked with local law enforcement and
the Division of State Parks to try to arrange
for additional law enforcement presence. Chris
Fausett, resource specialist and project
coordinator, added that the trust is trying to
create a culture of self-discipline among the
users. “The emphasis is on what they (the OHV
rider) can do rather than what they can’t do,”
So far the project has installed kiosks at
entrance points to the properties. There will be
a total of 10 kiosks which will have information
about the trail system including maps. Moreover,
each individual trail segment will be marked
with signs that designate that they are open.
The trust has spent $241,000 on this project,
which include information kiosks and signs to
educate ATV riders on how to use the land.
Moreover, 36 miles of rogue trails have been
Christy said that the Agency as well as local
OHV organizations such as SPEAR and Ride With
Respect will post the signs and SPEAR and Ride
With Respect will assist in policing the trails.
Christy said that the process of marking the
trails will take about two years.
In October the agency dedicated 134 miles of
off-road trails that are a part of the project.
Present at the ceremony were members of ATV
clubs as well as local and state officials and
one of the 10 information kiosks was unveiled.
While a lot has been, and will be done by the
agency as well as other stake holders concerned
with the well-being of the lands of the La Sal
Mountains, both Christy and Fausett pointed out
that the success of the project will rely on
voluntary compliance with rules and
A website with Information about the trust and
the project including maps can be accessed at: