5 Rivers Trail Riders - First Ride

by Nic Richardson

On September 23rd 2017 a small group of riders gathered near the Rat Lake Trailhead. The reason for the gathering was the Inaugural Ride of a new OHV club, Five Rivers Trail Riders. Twenty two people in all brought out motorcycles, Jeeps, side by sides, and ATVs in spite of the morning’s snow and cold temps. Two rides were planned, one for the over 50” crowd and one for those under 50”s. The over 50” crowd took an old road up into more than 6”s of snow climbing to just behind the Storm Castle rock bluff.

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2017 Polar Bear Poker Run for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Late planning didn’t hamper the success of the April 22 Poker Run at Four Corners in the Pipestone riding area this year. Planning team leader Don Kraft, Gallatin Gateway, got the ball rolling in December with a call to BLM’s Outdoor Recreational Planner Brad Colin. From this call, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MYVRA) and Friends of Pipestone(FOP) jointly committed to sponsor the event.

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Save The Date – St. Jude’s Polar Bear Run

Your MTVRA and the Friends of Pipestone will co-sponsor the St. Jude’s Polar Bear Run on April 22nd at Pipestone east of Butte. The Mining City Trail Riders from Butte are helping with arrangements. More details to come later from MTVRA!

Montana XC – Second Half Started At Burnt Timber XC

Several riders. The summer break seemed to drag on, and then all of a sudden it was Labor Day weekend. Burnt Timber, hosted by the Butcher family since 2003, was rescheduled from a wet spring. The “Brawl in the Breaks” is a favorite among the Montana XC members. And this year was another epic weekend of riding. The highlights would have to include some of the hilarity of the bra relay race. Yes, a bra. Riders must wear the lady’s undergarment during their lap and pass the garment to the next rider. The weather was beautiful and the evening sky gave hint of rain. And, it rained, but thankfully it wasn’t ‘too much’. The racing on Sunday was beautiful. The temperatures stayed cool and the sky cloudy, the ground was tacky and it was a great day to be on the line. 

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2016 MTVRA State Ride – Another OHV Success!

By Russ Ehnes, Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

On August 12, 13, and 14th about 75 OHV riders got together at the quarry at Jefferson Creek near Neihart, Montana for the 2016 MTVRA State Ride.  A few people arrived the night before in order to get an early start Friday.  The rides on all three days included motorcycle rides, ATV rides and side-by-side rides, either on your own or with guides who are familiar with the area.  The guides offered a variety of loops depending on your desired level of difficulty, pace, or distance.

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Aug12,13,14 MTVRA 2016 State Ride

The Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association will host the 2016 MTVRA State Ride on Jefferson Creek in the Little Belt Mountains.  Sign in and camping will begin at the old quarry, the same area as the last event there.   The application has been filed with the USFS and insurance and sanction applications are in the mail.   Sign up will begin of Friday August 12, with guided rides on the 13th and 14th.  There are motorized trails for motorcycles, 50” machines and side by sides.   Maps will be provided with routes identified.   More details to come in the July newsletter!

2016 NOHVCC Conference in Great Falls

The 2016 annual NOHVCC conference will be held in Great Falls again this year at the Best Western Heritage Inn on Oct 11 - 16. This conference includes not only classroom and work sessions for NOHVCC partners but also the annual conference of the International OHV Administrators Association. What many look forward to most are the riding opportunities and training sessions on dirt bikes, ATVs and ROVs at Bull Run Ranch!  For more information, go to the;

NOHVCC webpage at http://www.nohvcc.org.

Outstanding Training Opportunity for OHV Trail Managers and Volunteers

By Marc Hildesheim, NOHVCC

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Through a partnership with Montana State Parks, the US Forest Service Region 1, and the Bureau of Land Management Montana State Office, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) will be conducting a three day workshop that addresses trail maintenance, construction, layout and design, OHV management, and much more. This workshop will be May 17-19 with one classroom day at Helena College (University of Montana), followed by two field days at the Clancy-Unionville OHV area. 

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Montana’s OHV Simulator to the ‘Great Rockies Sport Shows’

By Jim Norlander, State OHV Program Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 406 444-7642

Over the next few months, Montana State Parks will be attending the Great Rockies Sports Shows in Billings, Helena and Missoula with our OHV Simulator. The OHV Simulator is a mechanical devise that hydraulically simulates the movements of an Off-Highway Vehicle traveling uphill, downhill, side hills, cornering, or combination of movements.

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Capital Trail Vehicle Association’s Fourth Annual Fun Run

By Brenda Koch, CTVA

Helena Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) held their Fourth Annual Fun Run and trail clean up June 21-23 at Hellgate campground at Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena. Everyone enjoyed good times, good food and great riding. Rain on Saturday tried to dampen spirits but that didn’t stop the dedicated OHV riders from riding, telling stories and whoppers, and having a lot of fun!

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National Trails Day

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Association

National Trails Day was originally organized by the American Hiking Society in the early ‘90’s, and has grown into a very significant event since that time. Virtually all of the land management agencies have partnered with the American Hiking Society (AHS) to promote and implement trail-related activities during National Trails Day, which is set for the first Saturday of June each year.

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