A new off-highway vehicle trail will traverse 750 miles of Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties and form a connecting loop, according to organizers.
The Arizona Peace Trail will utilize existing trails and dirt roads throughout western Arizona and connect from Bullhead City, AZ in the north to Yuma, AZ in the south. A team of volunteers from several off-road clubs have been working with cities, counties, state and federal agencies to establish coordinates for the trail.
“La Paz County got a grant through Yamaha to help us buy 100 signs, so the county can begin to install those,” said Holly Irwin, La Paz County Supervisor for District 3, who has been working with the groups on the trail. “Probably sometime in January it will start to be established. It’s been a cool project to work on.”
The trail is expected to be used by OHVs including side-by-sides, Jeeps, quads, dirt bikes and others.
The chairman of the organizing committee, J.C. Sanders of Bouse, AZ, says there is now a nonprofit corporation that will be in charge of developing and maintaining the trail, with representatives from various groups on its board.
“The route is approximately 750 miles long and provides an excellent OHV adventure,” Sanders told Parker Live. “At this time the route is still being refined. At some point in time the trail will be signed and maps will be developed and made available to the public along with GPS tracks that can be downloaded and used on a GPS for exact guidance. This is a long term project that will include development of staging areas with facilities for short term visits.”
Sanders added that the trail is very scenic, with a variety of terrain from low elevations in the Yuma area to mountains in the Kingman area. OHV clubs (current partners listed below) will ultimately adopt segments of the trail to monitor for maintenance requirements.
The Bouse Ghost Riders (Bouse)
Arizona Sunriders (Quartzsite)
Arizona Desert Riders (Salome)
Bullhead 4- Wheelers (Bullhead City)
Lake Havasu 4-Wheelers (Lake Havasu)
Cerbat Ridge Runners
Martinez Lake Jeepers
Scooter Trash Pack Quad Riders
Yuma Trail Group
Yuma Foothills Road Runners
FMC Desert Roamrs
Lost Patrol Riders
Parker Live will post maps and coordinates when they’re ready. For more information, visit arizonapeacetrail.com.