North America is a land of opportunities when it comes to overland travel. When you cross the Rockies heading west, a vast array of two-tracks spreads across to the Pacific, north to Canada, and south to the Mexican boarder. A decade years ago, BFGoodrich launched their Outstanding Trails program to help local clubs and organizations not only preserve and protect these historic routes, but also keep them open for future generations of OHV users to enjoy.
Four trails are selected each year from hundreds of nominations. The clubs who have volunteered to maintain these areas are then given a $4,000 grant to be used for public education, cleanup projects, signage, camp area improvements, and watershed management. To date the program has donated nearly $150,000 in grants to 35 clubs, and is scanning the country for the next crop of candidates for Outstanding Trails.
It would not be possible without the continued support of companies like 4Wheel Parts and organizations such as the Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Association, and Off Road Business Associations. 4Wheel Parts President, Greg Adler, said, “We are pleased to share in this opportunity to recognize the passionate members of some of North America’s prominent off-road clubs for their commitment to the preservation of these significant trails.”
2015 Outstanding Trails and Volunteer Clubs
- Applegate-Lassen Emigrant Trail, Nevada: High Rock Trekkers
- Bald Mountain OHV Area, Sierra National Forest, California: Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers
- Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, California: Hi-Landers 4WD Club
- Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colorado: Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango
For the full list of Outstanding Trails alumni, or information on how to nominate your adopted trail and club, go to: