Message from WMOTA President

I received a call from Lorna McNeil-Cox at the Forest Service this afternoon. She called to let me know that the forest is now closed to parties of more that 10. Ten people, not ten machines. She wasn’t sure, but she expects this will be a restriction applied to all forests. Obviously, this will impact WMOTA’s activities going forward. She expects this closure will be through at least the end of April. I don’t think anyone would be surprised it may last longer.

Barring some miracle, I think it is safe to assume there will be no club activities (meeting or rides) at least through the end of April. Obviously, our activities as a club are recreational; therefore, non essential. There could be some trail clearing work, but we will restrict this to parities of 10 or less. When I know something I’ll make every effort to let you know. Meanwhile be safe.

April Club Ride Trappers


April 18th, 2020 9:30 AM

Ride to Trappers in Taylor

Date of Ride is Saturday April 18th 2020.  Ride leaves at 9:30 AM.  Weather Permitting

 Bring water, snacks and clothing layers for weather conditions.

Starting location is the intersection of Burton Road and Lone Pine Dam Road.   Lone Pine Dam Road can be accessed from either highway 77 (just south of the Transfer Station) or highway 260 west of Show Low.  There is a large parking area at this intersection.

Total ride length is about 45 miles.

Destination is Trappers in Taylor where we will have lunch at approximately 12:30.

We will return to the starting point at approximately 3:00 PM.

Please reply to this email if you are going on this ride so we can give a number to the restaurant.

For questions your Ride leaders are: Karen and Jerry Smith                    480-225-0658

Club Meeting November 2019

WMOTA General Meeting 11/14/2019

Jack called the meeting to order at 6 pm. Minutes of last meeting were approved.

We are checking on a Spot X locator for our rides. If we have an accident in an area with no Cell service we could call for help. If several club members borrow it for a ride, they are responsible if lost or broken.

A Defibulator -Barbara has one that needs a battery. She will let us use it on our rides.

We are checking on a first aid kit and a class on Wilderness first aid.

Jack is reelected as President and Karen will remain as Treasure.

Membership dues are due April 1st .

The November 23rd ride is to Trappers for Lunch weather permitting. This is our last ride for 2019. We will start in April of 2020.

Yuma ride is the first week of February on Tuesday thru Thursday. There is a limit of 10 ATV’s.

Jack wished everyone “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”

50/50 was won by Karen.

Jack made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed.

Secretary, Lila Dudley

More Info Yuma 2020

This email is for notification / basic information about these planned rides. More details will follow.

You can signup for this ride by calling or texting :

Dave Bachmann 

509 969 8729

Space is limited to 10 rigs because of restrictions that are in place on the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range.  We will be riding on the Range 2 of the 3 days 

The outing will be the first week of February (3-7 m,2020 ) The 3rd and 7th would be travel days. It’s a about 6-6 1/2-hour drive from Show Low to Yuma. The 4th, 5th &6th will be be riding days. 

The rides will be in the Foothills area of Yuma (14 miles east of downtown Yuma). Options for accommodations are as follows:

·        RV -The  boondocking area that was used last year has been CLOSED FOR CAMPING by the state so no convenient boondocking is available. We do have some limited RV space on our private lots   If anyone is bringing there Rv be sure to let us know when you sign up an we will try to accommodate you. 

  • Commercial RV Park – There are 2 within a couple miles of the departure points.

Fortuna de Oro RV Resort

13650 N Frontage Rd

Yuma Az.  85367

928 342 5051

Sundance RV Resort

13502 N Frontage Rd

Yuma Az.  85367

928 342 9333

Motels – The two below are within about 5miles of the departure points. Many more motels closer to Yuma but a farther drive.

Comfort Inn & Suites

10553 S Fortuna Rd

Yuma, AZ 85367


(This one is a quarter mile north of the freeway so will be a little quieter than the other which is next to the freeway)

Micro Tel lnn &Suites

10731 S Frontage Rd

Yuma, AZ 85367


This will be desert riding not sand dunes. Some rocky areas, dirt roads and some sand washes. Nothing technical.

The temperatures this time of year are in the low 70’s for highs and high 40’s for lows

Be sure to sign up early as half the spaces at full already.

Looking forward to another fun week in the Sonoran Desert. Bill&Cathy      Dave&Penney

Yuma 2020 Ride

It’s time to start planning for the Yuma Desert Ride.  This year’s ride is scheduled for the first week of February.  The 3rd through the 7th.    We will ride three days, Feb 4, 5 & 6.   The third and seventh will be travel days.  The rides will be a combination of easy desert roads to steep rocky climbs. But nothing technical.  One major change from last year is that the state trust land where the boondocking area was has been changed to a day use only.  NO BOONDOCKING ALLOWED.  We (Dave & Penney – Bill & Cathy) can accommodate a limited number of campers on our properties so let us know when you sign up if you would be bringing your RV.  We will try to provide a space. There are many RV parks in the area as well as hotels.  It’s advisable to get reservation early especially for hotel rooms There are a limited number of spaces for this event, so don’t delay responding to this e-mail.  It’s first come, first serve.  To indicate you wish to join this Yuma trip, please e-mail to the following addresses and let us know how many machines and persons and whether you will need RV parking at one of the trip’s hosts. If you have additional questions call Dave Bachmann. 509-969-8629 We look forward to another fun week in the desert 🌵 🌵 🌵  Jack R. Dyer                                     908 Dreamy DrawShow Low, AZ 85901908.672.4553

Utah Spring 2020 Trip

We are planning another great adventure to Duck Creek Village, UT for May 11th thru 15th, 2020.  We are renting the “Alpine Forest Lodge” (see web site below), which has 10 rooms with a private bathroom in each room and a Great room, Dinning room and Kitchen.  They have 5 rooms with King beds and 5 rooms with Queen beds. 
We are planning three days of riding but we are still working on the trails with Don and Karen Kramer, who know that area very well. 
We also will be asking for volunteers for breakfasts and dinners.  We think each room can do a breakfast or dinner and the two extra rooms can provide desserts, salads and appetizers   
The cost for each room is $300.00 for 4 nights, and we will need a check for $300.00 to hold your reservation.  
Space is limited!!!! so act FAST.  Reply to this email and get your moneys to Karen Smith ASAP.

More October Ride Info

From Jack:

I failed to provide a time in the e-mail about the Club’s October ride.  So, it’s 10:00 am.  There will be coffee and donuts before ride.

Directions – From the intersection of US-60 (West Deuce of Clubs) and AZ-260 (S Clark Road)

Go west on AZ-260 for ≈ 31.9 miles

Turn left (south) on FS-51

FS-51 is just about 200’ past Church Lane on the right where the First Southern Baptist Church is located. 

Go 1 mile on FS-51.

The ride staging area is there on the left.

No one indicated they planned to camp, but there are several places to camp along FS-51.  The staging area could accommodate 2-3 campers.  At this point the forecast daytime high should approach 70° with sunny skies and winds about 15 mph.  The early morning low will be near 40°.  If you planned to camp, we suggest you call either Paul 928.240.0427 or me 908.672.4553 to discuss your camping location options.

The ride will be about 40 miles total to Black Canon Lake and back.  We will have lunch at the lake.

Also, we’ve received notice of Ed Collins retirement party.  Some of you have worked with Ed over the years and may wish to attend.  Here’s the notice,  Check the attached file for more information on Ed’s retirement party.

Please plan on joining the retirement party honoring Ed Collins for the many years of service to the Lakeside Ranger District and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. 

RSVP should be directed to the Lakeside Ranger District (928)368-2100.

Thank you – Dustie

Flyer sent under bcc: to fs-pdl r3 apachesitgreaves all

Dustie Aylor
Administrative Officer
Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests p: 928-333-6337
c: 928-245-3295
f: 928-333-5966
30 South Chiricahua Drive
Springerville, AZ 85938
Caring for the land and serving people

Club October Ride Info

The Club’s October ride is Saturday, October 19th.  The ride will stage from FS 51 near HeberOverguard.  It’s about a 40 mile ride to Black Canyon Lake for lunch and back.  We’ll get exact directions out before the ride and put up the Club signs.   We’re looking at two camp areas, both on FS 51.

Of course, in October the question is always to camp or not to camp and the decision is usually weather dependent.  For what it’s worth the long range forecast is calling for day-time highs in the high 60s and early morning lows in the high 30s with clear skies. 

There is a pre-ride on Tuesday, October 15th leaving from the FS 51 staging area at 10:00 am.  Again, more explicit directions will be forth coming.

And don’t forget the Club’s meeting is this Thursday, October 10th and the Show Low Cafe, 5:00 pm for dinner and socializing and 6:00 pm for the meeting.

Important Travel Management Doc

Dear Members:

We found out late last week that the understanding we had about preserving the dispersed campsites located more than 300 ft from a road was not correct. The forest service plans to close the “user created access roads” to them for motorized travel. Simply stated this would prevent any campers from towing a trailer or driving a motor home to these camp sites, even tent campers who wanted to access them with a car or truck will be prohibited from driving into these sites.  We have suggested these “user created roads” be added to the motorized travel plan, but we need your help. The Forest Service has stated clearly that the more comments it receives, the more weight the input will have.  We urge you to comment yourself in you own words or simply use the comment provided here, but please comment.  Couples should comment independently.  It’s a numbers game and more is better. 

It is my understanding that the Forest Service plans to close the “user created access roads” to camp sites in the forest that are more than 300’ from a road.  This would effectively close these camp sites to anyone using a motor home or trailer for camping.  There has been no survey, but my observation suggests that 9 out of 10 or more of the campers in the forest are using a motor home or trailer.  It would also make it difficult for even tent campers to access these sites, since they would have to pack all their gear, food and water into the site.  Can you imagine a young family packing the necessities for a week camping into one of these sites?  Again, there has been no survey of sites 300’ or more from a road but most sites are more than 300’ from the road.  Who wants to camp next to the road with the traffic and dust?  These campsites have been used for years and even generations and the user created roads to these sites should remain open for all users.  Not including these “user created access roads” will effectively close many of the camping areas in the Forest.  While the environmentalist back east may be delighted with this, I find it incredulous the Forest Service apparently believes, that effectively closing all these sites is an acceptable outcome to the vast majority of the users of the Forest.

Here is the link:

This issue effects anyone that camps in the Forest, not just OHV riders.  I urge you to forward this e-mail to persons you many know that do camp in the forest, or are otherwise interested in this issue, and ask them to add a comment also.  Again, more is better.

There may be other issues you or we may find by reading Alternative #2 and looking at the Interactive Comment Map. For example, we have heard the plan reflects a long stretch of the 300 road to be closed(why), it provides for some 50 inch or less trails(why) and the Maverick Trail and the Saffel Canyon Trail, both dedicated trails, are hard to see on the maps(why not highlight them, they cost thousands of dollars of OHV sticker fund money and hundreds of hours to install and maintain). Check these and others issues out on this link: Also, if any of you are having trouble using the Comment form to submit your ride tracks, you may send them attached to an email to:   as an alternative, however you need to send in a comment that you have done so

September 2019 Club Meeting

WMOTA President Jack Dyer opened the meeting at 4:35 pm with Judy Koski, Karen Smith and Maurice Colwell subbing for Lila Dudley for an abbreviated BoD meeting. Karen announced that Ron Langley(sp) is heading up the volunteers for our support to the Epic Rides mountain bike races. Thank you to Ron. Still in need of help for parking, sign up sheets being circulated. George Leech’s ride will be a poker run. The Travel Management Plan will be discussed later as will other items. A new club T-shirt order has arrived.

The regular meeting began at 5:55 pm after members had finished eating their great bbq meal. Lorna will be circulating a sign up sheet for volunteers to indicate their willingness to help out when needed. The matching hours expended by our members are used to support grant requests.  Judy Koski reported that WMOTA currently has 153 members, good show! This year’s new members were acknowledged and told how much they are appreciated for their efforts. Jerry Smith stated there are two board positions to be filled this year, president and treasurer. Anyone interested in running for these offices should contact Jerry Smith.

Last month’s minutes were approved. Karen gave the treasurer’s report, August balance is $9917.61. Considerable discussion was held about the Travel Management Plan and members were told that an email would be forthcoming, plus the forest service will hold a public meeting on the 19th.

George described the club ride on the 21st and location details have been emailed to all members. Support to the Fall Festival is settled and assignments have been published, however as discussed earlier, volunteers with ATV’s are needed to work the parking for the Epic Rides event.

WMOTA and Apache ATV will have a joint Fall colors ride on October 12, details have been emailed, and Paul Kulas will lead a club ride on the 19th of October, details to follow. Next WMOTA club meeting is October 10. Members were told to be aware that hunters are out there at this time of year, and to be considerate of them. Dave and Penny  Bachmann announced they would like to invite members to come over to Yuma again for more rides in February. Lorna announced the fire in the Lakeside District is being treated as a management fire and does not pose a threat. The 50-50 drawing was won by Roger Ferin. Meeting adjourned