WSATVA Mission Statement
The Western Slope ATV Association (WSATVA) in Grand Junction, Colorado, is one of the largest ATV organizations on the Western Slope of Colorado. With over 300 members, WSATVA was formed in 1987 with 33 hearty outdoor enthusiasts wishing to explore the wonders of our fabulous terrain. The Western Slope ATV Association was founded on the principle of promoting ATV use as a legitimate family recreational activity on public lands. In doing so we continually strive to promote responsible use and educate the general public, media, elected officials and ourselves on land use. The WSATVA provides Search and Rescue assistance to Mesa County and works with the local BLM and Forest Service offices to obtain grants and provides trail maintenance and construction to help benefit the outdoor community. The WSATVA is proud to support and be affiliated with the Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition in protecting public lands for the people instead of protecting public lands from the people.
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☛ UPCOMING EVENTS ☚
When: Wednesday, 12-October-2016 — Ready To Ride At 9:00am
Stage at the big paved turn off area for Divide Road and the Uncompahgre Plateau
Directions: Turn off Highway 50 onto Highway 141 towards Gateway. Go approximately 14 miles past the Gunnison River on Highway 141. It is the only big, paved parking area along the route.
We will depart at 9:00am and turn at the Flagstone turn-off, ending up at the lower end of the Divide Forks ATV Complex and proceed on the 50″ trails in that area, eventually ending farther up the complex. Exact route unknown at this time.
Should be done by 3:00pm or close to it.
Ride Leader: Steve Chapel — 970-250-4946
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When: Saturday, 15-October-2016 — Ready To Ride At 9:00am
This ride is open to all machines.
Stage at the Cactus Park staging area. Ready to go at 9:00am. Again turn off on Highway 141 and go approximately 9 miles past the Gunnison River to the left hand turn that says Cactus Park. It is just past the corrals and the Pine Gone Gate header on your right. Proceed on the dirt road about a mile and a half to the gravel parking lot.
Not sure yet of the exact route but since an Elk Only season begins that day we will not be going up high on the Uncompahgre.
Again we should be back by 3:00pm.
I should arrive at both locations around 8:00am. If you are totally lost and have no idea of where to go you can meet and follow me.
Ride Leader: Steve Chapel — 970-250-4946
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When: Wednesday, 19-October-2016 — 7:30pm
Sheriff’s Posse Building – 25 Road and F 1/2 Road
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“The Trail From Here To There”
The WSATVA spent almost a year filming a documentary that will help spread the word of what our club is about, the projects we’re involved in, and how we help to benefit all trail users. Click below to view the video. Or, click here to view “This Is Our Day!” on YouTube.
WHAT WE DO
Trail Maintenance & Building
WSATVA continually performs trail maintenance on both BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands. The reasons are two-fold: First to try and keep the trails safer for all of us to use; and to keep the routes open. Currently, if a route deteriorates to the point that the agency decides the resource damage is too great, the route can be closed. We know that would have already happened in some places if not for our actions. Within the Forest Service jurisdiction, WSATVA has adopted four trails on the Grand Mesa National Forest south of Vega State Park: High Trail, Monument Trail, Silver Spruce and Salt Creek trails. We have also adopted 52 miles of trails on the Divide Forks ATV Complex on the Uncompahgre Plateau. On BLM land, WSATVA has adopted the Barrel Springs route, the Post Canyon route, and the Tabegauche Trail from Bangs Canyon Staging Area to Hwy. 141, and from Hwy. 141 to Cactus Park, both of which are used for all forms of recreation. Grant funds helped procure two Sweco 480 trail dozers designed for maintaining ATV trails and four trailers that are used for maintenance on the trails that we sponsor to keep them in tiptop shape. The club applies for additional grants every year to ensure ongoing trail maintenance and to facilitate new trail maintenance projects as the need arises. WSATVA built the original staging area at Bangs Canyon. With Forest Service approval and support, we have designed, constructed, hauled and installed seven bridges in five different locations over creek crossings on the Uncompahgre and Grand Mesa National Forests. The bridges promote better soil management, help prevent erosion, and provide a safer way to cross creeks that can be hazardous during certain times of the year. Our latest project was a 60-foot bridge that was installed south of Vega Lake across Leon Creek.
WSATVA endeavors to have several club rides a month. However, the frequency of these rides are totally dependent on having ride leaders to guide the rides; thus, some months see more rides than other months. The club rides year-round including fall color rides and snow rides. Ride terrain varies from the deserts to the high mountain passes. Rides will have anywhere from 5 to 35 people and/or machines in attendance. As it is difficult to please everyone on every ride, we try to have rides for those who prefer a slower, more leisurely pace conducive to sightseeing and rides for those who prefer to ride a little faster, cover more ground and be a little more adventerous. Some rides can facilitate the wider side-by-side UTVs and some do not as we do advocate for 50-inch wide trails and trails on some of the rides have 50-inch width restrictors.
Public Meetings & Advocacy
The Western Slope ATV Association has members who volunteer their time and resources to attend most all public meetings involving the use of our public lands. We supply comments and get involved to preserve access to our local public lands. WSATVA continually supports efforts that promote protection of public lands for the people, instead of protecting public lands from the people.
Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month but December. From January through May, our meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse building located at 25 Road and F 1/2 Road. From June through September, we have a potluck-style dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park, east shelter, near the golf course clubhouse. The club furnishes hamburgers, brats and hot dogs. Club members bring a dish of their choice to share. Barbecue begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Members provide their own table service and drinks. During October and November, we’re back to the Sheriff’s Posse building at 7:30 p.m.
WSATVA provides assistance to Mesa County Search and Rescue Control (SARC). The all-volunteer ATV arm of SARC was formed within the club to help with search and rescue, security, evidence searches and more on the Western Slope. The group meets monthly and conducts training exercises in First Aid, GPS use, search protocols and familiarization with remote areas which have repeat searches. A background check with the sheriff’s department is required to become part of this group. The dedicated volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and must be ready to respond to a call for assistance at a moment’s notice. SARC volunteers also lend assistance to search and rescue and/or law enforcement agencies in neighboring counties and states when requested. Mesa County Search & Rescue responded to a record 107 calls in 2014.
The Western Slope ATV Association participates in the Grand Junction Veterans Day parade, the annual Christmas Parade of Lights and most recently, the 4th of July parade. The club has won awards multiple times in all three events.
Volunteer Hours in 2015 for Forest Service, BLM and Search & Rescue
Miles of OHV Routes in Our Area
Dollars in Grant Money Put Back Into Trails & Bridges – & More To Come
By The Numbers
Number of WSATVA Members
Bridges Restored or Built