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Spring 2021 (pdf)

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. 

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.

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!

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

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. 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) have announced Fee-Free days for 2016. The fee-free program is in cooperation with federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

By Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA)

As you read in the January 2015 issue “$90,000 Partnership Grant” and July 2015 issue Partnership Award, MTVRA is the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program statewide Big Grant for multi-use trail maintenance. This report on work completed this year.

BUTTE (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has issued a Special Recreation Permit to 5th Gear Productions, based in Three Forks, for a competitive motorcycle race Oct. 10-11 at the Pipestone Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, located 13 miles east of Butte.

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.

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!

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.

The Montana Trail Vehicle Rider’s annual state ride, held in Boulder June 14-16, attracted more than 100 OHV enthusiasts with some from as far away as Minnesota and Colorado!

MTVRA Board Meeting Highlights
February 2, 2013, Helena MT

Attendance: Brenda and Dave Koch, Don Gordon, Doug Abelin and Jody Loomis, CTVA ; Bruce Reierson and Bruce Butler, TSATV; Mike and Kathy Jeffords RCORUA ; Bill Black, MTVRA ; Jim Brown, MTVRA ; Bob Walker CTVA & MTVRA ; Dave Sharbono & Ken Kronsperger ,Seeley Swan ATV club ; Cathy Covert, Russ and Mona Ehnes, GFTBRA; Ronna Alexander, Lobbyist; Tom Reilly, Mt State Parks.

The Pipestone Ride was a big success even if the signs of winter were obvious.  The Mining City Trail Riders of Butte sponsored the annual ATV Fun Run on March 2, 2013 at Pipestone.

Montana Trail Vehicle Riders State Ride 2013!

June 14-16