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Possible Main Event Locations
« on: March 31, 2008,18,13:58 »
I was reading breezing through the April 2008 issue of 4Wheel Drive magazine and read an article in there titled "The Ghost Trail"  It's near Tucson, Arizona.  Anyhow, if you haven't read it, I found it to be a cool article and thought it would be a REALLY cool trail run.  We could even make it a "theme" event with people decorating their rigs with skulls and cross-bones (just a thought). ;D

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Re: Possible Main Event Locations
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008,02,13:51 »
according to the june issue of 4 wheeler " 101 places to wheel before you die " in arizona they say florence junction, diamond creek road ,canyon de chelly  they  dont say why or whe
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Re: Possible Main Event Locations
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008,06,39:33 »
Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Arizona.  Although, I really do like the "Expo" idea as opposed to rock crawling.  Most of the events being planned will be rock crawling.  I know of 1 that will be more of a mudbog (maybe 2), and 1 or 2 that might be on sand.

The Expo idea is something new to me and it would be cool to take some backroads from ghost town to ghost town and checking out some history along the way.  While we could have a base camp and depart from and return to there each day, I think we could cover more area if we made a large loop.  For instance, plan out a trail the makes a large loop.  We could meet up and people with cars could leave them parked and hop into 4x4's.  We could then do 1/2 the loop 1 day, camp, and then the other half of the loop the next day.  We'd probably be able to cover quite a bit of ground that way.

Another idea is to do the Expo thing, and have the trail take us near a few moderate level trails that we could run.  While not all vehicle may be able to complete those, people could still hop into lifted 4x4's with that capability, run a trail or two, and then return to the start point and continue the Expo portion.

I guess it's going to come down to where the ghost towns are in comparison to one another and if you want to incorporate some moderate trails, where those are.
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Re: Possible Main Event Locations
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2008,01,33:02 »
Hello all, Eric here from Yuma Arizona.  On behalf of my our club, Yuma 4 Wheelers, I'd like to recommend the Yuma area as a place for one of your events.  We have all sorts of trails here from mild to wild.  There are some trails in our area that have handicap accessible camping facilities, not everything herre is wilderness rough style camping.  We have lots of ghost towns and old mining sites.

We have two rivers, the Colorado and Gila rivers, the confluence of the two meet at Yuma, and we have all kinds of lakes and backwaters off of these two rivers that offer boating and fishing opportunities as well, and many of those areas are handicap accessible.

We have two military bases here, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, and the Army's Yuma Proving Grounds. So there are PX, recreation areas, and medical facilities for veterans here as well.  MCAS Yuma has a nice military-only recreation facility at Martinez Lake (offf the Colorado River) that is handicap accessible. The Martines lake facility has campling spots for tent or RV's, as well as 1 and two bedroom cabins on the lake (each with it's own boatship and BBQ grill outside) that the vets can rent for very reasonable rates.  There are also a variety of boats vets can rent at the martinez lake camp, anything from paddle-wheel boats to canoes to aluminum fishing boats with motors.  Rental of a fishing boat with motor and two full tanks of gas is only $15 for a whole day, only for military people.

Maany members of the Yuma 4 Wheelers Club are either active or retired military.  I myself am retired from the US Navy.  Virtually all of our members, veteran or not, are supportive and appreciative of the troops.

I'm sure I speak for all of us in inviting you to have an event at Yuma, and Yuma 4 Wheelers would be happy to help out or lead a trail run, what ever is required. Check out our club's site, we have lots of videos and photos from our runs, and members rig photos there too:
http://yuma4wheelers.niceboard.com/forum.htm

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Re: Possible Main Event Locations
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008,04,20:31 »
By the way, Yuma County has 13 ghost towns, if that's what you like to see.  We also have the Yuma Territorial Prison, part of the AZ State Parks system.  Yuma territorial Prison was "the place" to send many of the old west's baddest and meanest to "rot in the hellish heat".  Part of the prison is in ruins, part is still all there. Old cell blocks can be entered, and there is a fascinating museum in front of the prison.  It sits on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River, and today is located inside Yuma City limits, handicap accessible.  Self-guided nature trails take off from the prison area into the wetlands along the river, these trails are also handicap accessible.

Across the river within view of the prison, is an old Army fort that is now on an Indian reservation, and the tribe has an Indian museum in one of the old fort's buildings. It costs a whole $1.00 to go see the Indian museum.  Also on the other side of the river on the reservation is an old Spanish missionary church, and services are still given in the church.  Missionary church is not open for tours, but you can see the inside of it if you go to a scheduled mass.

We actually have 3 different Indian reservations nearby, and things being what they are these days, that means we also have three handicap accessible casinos for fun times.
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Re: Possible Main Event Locations
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009,02,22:25 »
I just got off the phone with Will (Sierra Expeditions) and Corbin (Zebra Sports).  They are hard at work planning the Arizona event and it's sure to be a lot of fun!  They'll soon be posting up here with more information about this event (location, time, etc).

Hope you all in Arizona will be able to make it out to thank our country's wounded service members in person by offering up your passenger seat for a weekend.
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