Great Western Trail Montana/Idaho Connection Celebration


Great Western Trail Montana/Idaho Connection Celebration - July 14

The Great Western Trail Association, in partnership with Custer Gallatin National Forest, is happy to announce the dedication of a new segment of the Great Western Trail that connects the existing Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho sections with Montana.  Come and join the celebration and the trail dedication to be held on Saturday July 14th at 12:00 noon at the Old Airport in West Yellowstone, Montana. (GPS coordinates: 44.661, - 111.115.) After the dedication ceremony we will be riding along the Montana portion of the Great Western Trail to the Idaho border, approximately 9 miles. 

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2nd Annual Wounded Warrior ATV Ride & Pro Barbecue Weekend

We at Kootenai Country Montana would like to extend an invitation to your club for the 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior ATV Ride and Pro Barbecue Weekend coming up Memorial weekend (May 26 – 28)!  We have mapped out a 40 mile trek through the forest and hills of Kootenai Country Montana with staging out of Troy’s Roosevelt Park.  Finish will be at the same park where there will be food and fun courtesy of the Troy VFW post.

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Pipestone Poker Run Benefits St Jude Children Research Hospital

From: Mona Ehnes, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, MTVRA

The Pipestone Poker Run held April 14 welcomed ATV’s, motorcycles and ROV’s.  With the stretch of bad weather, Saturday turned out to be partly cloudy, a little wind, but by noon the sun came out and there were smiles all around.  The number of riders was down about a quarter from last year but many donated more than the requested $30 per hand.

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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;

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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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