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, the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition in

PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS FROM THE PEOPLE.

☟See All The Ways In Which We Achieve Our Mission☟

🚧 Gill Creek Bridge 🚧

A crew from the WSATVA added a railing assembly and concrete to the Gill Creek bridge on the Uncompahgre Plateau on Thursday, 29-August-2019. All work, including fabrication of the railing was done by WSATVA members.  The north approach was modified to remove the sharp turn required to enter the bridge opening.  Work was also done on both sides to mitigate erosion.

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🎩 Week Of Rides 2019 🎩

Once again this year some of our group met up with some members from the Colorado Quad Runners from the Denver area for a campout in the Hightower area of the Grand Mesa National Forest. The focus was mainly 50 inch trails but we could not come close to covering them all, in spite of a couple long days. The wild flowers were spectacular as was the lush green foliage & fern-like undergrowth. Fun times once again!

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☀️Dependably☀️Doing☀️Dirty☀️Dusty☀️Desert☀️Duty☀️

For parts of five days from July 24 through July 28, members of the Mesa County Search & Rescue ATV Team – all members of the Western Slope ATV Association – assisted other agencies in securing the desert area north of the Grand Junction airport for the regional Air Show which featured the Blue Angels.  This duty included marking the perimeter of the flight box and ensuring that the perimeter was not violated during the show – among other duties.  These volunteers gave of their time so that all who attended could enjoy the presentation.  A BIG Thank You to Dave Corbin for the accompanying photos.  Some of these photos are truly works of art.  Enjoy!

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🌲If🌲A🌲Tree🌲Falls🌲In🌲The🌲Forest…🌲

Or there’s a mud hole to be filled or rocks to be hauled or whatever else is needed to keep the trails open for EVERYONE to enjoy, these guys are at the ready.  Following – in no particular order – is a montage of photos from the WSATVA work parties at Hightower and Vega this year.  From a moisture standpoint, it was encouraging to see all the snow that is still up in the high country although it kept us from some of the areas we needed to get to.  WSATVA also affected a couple of rescues and lent assistance to some folks that encountered problems along the trail.  Gorgeous scenery, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are just part of what we encounter in our endeavors.  Enjoy the photos and stay safe while you are out there on the trail.

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I’ve Been Working On The Trailroad…

Some pictures from Tom Derryberry of work done on some major mudholes.  Tom, Nate Green, Pat Wehling, Cori and Tom Spor were riding cleaning out water diversions from silt deposits and draining some of worst.  This “mudhole “was along Beaver creek on Trail 266 ( a 4x4 fullsize  designated trail). The mud and a very deep rut in center with a large rock at the center made getting thru and over rock a challenge to keep from tipping over.  They spent 2 hrs working on digging rock out and moving it to the bottom of themudhole, then digging a path out of the hillside bank to fill the bottom of the mudhole on top of rock. The trail dozer  changed the “drainage ” to the south  bottom-end area of the mudhole, then filled the mudhole area so water run on downhill to new drainage exit so that the mudhole would not happen again!!   WHAT a difference in how the dozer can FIX an extreme area quickly!!

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WHAT WE DO

Trail Maintenance & Building

WSATVA continually performs trail maintenance on both BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands to try and keep the trails safer for all of us to use; and to keep the routes open. If a route deteriorates to the point that the agency decides the resource damage is too great, the route can be closed. 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. 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 these trails. 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.

Club Rides

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. 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.

Club Meetings

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 Sheriffs 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.

Mesa County Search & Rescue

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. 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 moments notice. SARC volunteers also lend assistance to search and rescue and/or law enforcement agencies in neighboring counties and states when requested.

Parades

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.

📅 UPCOMING EVENTS 📅

FINAL MEETING & PICNIC POTLUCK OF 2019

When: Wednesday, 18-September-2019 — 6:30pm

Where: Lincoln Park Pavilion By The Golf Course

Eat At 6:30pm – Meeting Starts At 7:30pm

Club Furnishes Burgers, Brats and Hot Dogs

Members Bring Covered Dish or Dessert to Share,

Beverage and Place Setting

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🎥 WSATVA, Our Story – “The Trail From Here To There” 🎥

The WSATVA spent almost a year filming a documentary to help spread the word of what our club is about, the projects we are involved in and how we work for the benefit all trail users. Click anywhere in this section or on the images below to view the movie.

Thank You For Watching Our Story

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Volunteer Hours in 2017 for Forest Service, BLM and Search & Rescue

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Miles of OHV Routes in Our Area

Dollars (and counting) in Grant Money Put Back Into Trails & Bridges

WSATVA

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Number of WSATVA Members

Bridges Restored or Built

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Miles of Trails We Maintain/Down Trees Removed From Trails

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Phone: Jacque, 970-242-8842

Email: jacquegaskill660@gmail.com

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4283, Grand Junction, CO 81502-4283