Latest News

CE or Not CE? The Hard Truth About Armor

From Motorcyclist Magazine

CE Armor. Fall off a race bike at speed and it can seem like a week before you stop sliding. This is where a suit made of thick leather earns its keep. But in a motorcycle crash at typical street speeds, you’re just as likely to be injured by the initial impact—with the ground, a car fender, or some other solid object—as by the subsequent slide, which probably wouldn’t even get a MotoGP rider’s attention. Armor in the shoulders, elbows, and knees of your riding gear helps protect you, but not just any armor.

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News From the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

By Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, GFTBRA

The annual meeting and potluck mixer was held on February 11th at the NOHVCC warehouse.  There was a good turnout with lots of good food, conversation and many stories.  The Movie night took place immediately after the adjournment of the meeting.

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News from The Capital Trail Vehicle Association

By Mike Sedlock, Steering Committee Chairman

Greetings from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association located in Helena Montana. Last fall we formed a Steering Committee to research how to improve our club, address membership retention and recruit new members. Our challenge was to identify why people join organizations such as ours and how do we keep it interesting so that they might become involved and thereby remain members? Foremost, we presumed people join to have fun, find other people to ride with and form a comradery with other people of similar outdoor recreation interests.

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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and Recreation Partners Prep for 30 Percent Cut in Trail Budgets

from Independent Record, March 28, 2016

The January announcement caught many Montana recreation groups off guard -- the U.S. Forest Service was changing its formula for funding trail maintenance, de-emphasizing miles of wilderness trails while favoring visitor numbers and population centers. That meant increasing maintenance budgets in some more populated regions while lower-population Idaho and Montana put nearly a third of its program budgets on the chopping block.

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Colorado OHV Clubs Share Tips & Tools They Use To Grow and Prosper

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The same goes for OHV clubs and State Associations. Those that continually pound their members to work on trail project after trail project, may find themselves with fewer and fewer volunteers showing up. On the other hand, those that keep trail days fun, and hold a variety of enjoyable club rides and events throughout the year -- inviting to members of all ages -- stay active and growing.

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Latest Announcements

With Gratitude from Mona Ehnes

Thank you to all members who have been consistently donating extra money with their renewals.  With those donations our trail maintenance fund is now at $3500.   The special t-shirts are still in the production stage, not forgotten.  The extra donations to the MTVRA Special Fund (legal) came to $2900 for the last year.   The extra donations are appreciated and I promise not to come up with another cause for donations.

2016 ATVMX Series Schedule Announced

from AMA ATV E News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG) are pleased to announce the 2016 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) series schedule. The 31st Annual AMA ATV Motocross Championship will feature 10 amateur rounds and 11 AMA Pro points rounds, visiting many of the most legendary facilities in addition to a new stop on the circuit.

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NOHVCC’s New “Great Trails” Book Is A Premier Resource Guide For The OHV Industry

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has created a valuable new resource that will benefit the entire OHV industry. Four years in the making, it was painstakingly crafted by one industry expert, with assistance from 20 more, and funded by 30 OHV agencies and organizations.

“Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences,” a 350-page book, was officially released October 30, 2015, at the opening session of the joint conference of NOHVCC and the International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA).

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New OHV Program Manager Montana State Parks

Erin Proctor

I came on board as the Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program Manager in December of 2014. I worked in the private sector for the last several years, and excited to see how my new position with Montana State Parks can affect positive
change in Montana’s OHV culture and riding opportunities. My husband and I moved to Montana in April of 2007 from the agricultural community of Walla Walla, Washington and immediately felt at home. I grew up working on the family ranch,
where we raised alfalfa, wheat, peas and cows. I continue to live an outdoor lifestyle, and enjoy ATV rides, camping, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding (not often enough!) and sometimes fishing.

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RCORUA Receives Award

From Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association •

On November 11, 2014, Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King presented the 2014 Regional Forester’s Honor Award For Engaging Urban America to the Ravalli County Off Road User Association (RCORUA). This award recognizes RCORUA volunteers for their “Ride the Right Trail” educational program for elementary school children.

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Latest Legislative News

Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program Update

By Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager

As 2015 draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the months that have passed, as well as anticipate what 2016 has in store. I would like to take a few minutes here to outline some of my plans for the OHV Program in the coming year.

Nonresident Annual Use Permit – Legislative Success!

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Recreational Trails Program Achieves Major Victory

By Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall, Co-Chairs, Coalition for Recreational Trails

December 7, 2015

Working together as a potent national force as the Coalition for Recreational Trails, we have achieved a major victory in protecting the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the recent transportation reauthorization process. Conferees from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have agreed to new legislation, which covers the next five years (2016-2020), and the bill was signed into law by the President.

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New Legislation Will Bolster Montana’s OHV Program

by Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager, Montana State Parks Division

Two bills, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Bullock during the last session, will help strengthen Montana’s OHV program. A stronger program can support more projects on the ground and in the classroom, enhancing your riding options and experiences.

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Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Success In 2015 Legislature

Your MTVRA Works For Adequate Funding and Opportunities for Montanans and Visitors

by Bob Walker, Editor, Montana Trail Rider Newsletter

The dedicated and hard work of your Montana Trails Vehicle Riders Association Board of Directors and lobbyist Ronna Alexander paid off in the passage of two very important bills to improve OHV recreation in Montana! House Bill 167 introduced by Representative Jeff Wellborn increases the non-resident temporary use permit fee. Senate Bill 110 introduced by Senator Ed Buttrey offers a temporary motor vehicle registration for non-resident OHV users. Following find background for and benefits of these two measures.

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House Bill 167

HOUSE BILL 167: Sponsor: Representative Jeff Welborn-Dillon. The MTVRA bill to rescind reciprocity to non-residents and increase the non-resident fee. Amendments were adopted by the House Committee that; increase the fee to $27 with $1 designated as a search & rescue surcharge and, $1.50 to be used by the Department for noxious weed control. The allocation of the rest of the fee will be as follows; $15 for trail maintenance, $2.50 for enforcement, $1 to the agent selling the permit, and $6 for safety education. The bill has been transmitted to the Senate and has had the first hearing in the Fish & Game Committee.

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Help Needed for the K-M Boy Scout ATV Program

by Russ Ehnes, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA)

The Boy Scouts of America needs our help for the ATV program at the K-M Boy Scout Ranch this summer! In case you aren’t aware, K-M Scout Ranch conducts an ATV program each summer and MTVRA played a big role in getting it off the ground. We can continue to support the program two ways.

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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!


Cooke City OHV Riding


Cooke City. The network of OHV roads and trails on this map provide opportunities for outdoor recreation not found elsewhere. These roads and trails provide access to lakes, a historic mining district, a ghost town, breath-taking scenery, and numerous hiking trails. Much of the area you will be traveling is part of a large reclamation project designed to repair damage to the land and water caused by historic mining activity. Please be respectful of reclamation and stay on designated trails.

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Great OHV Rides in the Great Falls Area

From Great Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

Great Falls Trail.

“A number of trails in the Lewis and Clark National Forest are open to ATV’s and motorcycles. Rides range from flat forest roads accessing scenic ridge tops to rugged and rambling trails through stream beds and over rocks. Other trails in the area offer access to abandoned mines and historic cabins. Regardless of which trail you choose, one thing is for certain, Genuine Montana offers some of the best scenic rides to be found anywhere.”

The following web page offers maps of the Little Belt Mountains, Castle Mountains and the Highwood Mountains, Big and Little Snowys:

President's Corner

President's Corner - April 2016

This winter my wife and I spent six weeks in the Lake Havasu, Arizona area and had a chance to observe the changing scene of motorized recreation. Although we saw many different types of OHVs, the vast majority were UTVs, with many newer ones being four seaters. We also observed permanent residents riding around town in UTVs with street tires. You could tell many had never been on dirt or sand. I’m sure many had had golf carts in the past but now enjoyed the power, comfort and the ability to show off their new toy. So, what does this mean for us in Montana?

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