Upcoming Events: updated January 6, 2021
Consider joining the Utah/Arizona ATV Club, Club Dues dues are only $25 per household in additinon to supporting the Club, you will receive news and information generated in regards to motorized off highway vehicle issues. Information also includes rides, camp-outs and dates of Club special events you may want to attend. For new members, please complete the 2021 UT/AZ ATV Club registration by sending in the completed registration with your dues. More Club information can be reviewed by going to the "About Us" tab on this website.
For those current members who wish to update contact information may use this form to do so.
This is a link for you to print out the 2021 new member registration form:
January 7, 2021 UT/AZ ATV Club Meeting Minutes
The UT/AZ ATV Club had a successful Holiday Dinner/Jan Meeting held 7 Jan 2021 at the Iron Horse Restaurant. Thanks to all those who were able to join us in person. We miss all those who weren’t able to join us. We hope to see you next year.
Treasurer's Report: Betty Herlacher-
President’s report on Club activities.
Reminder that you MUST purchase an AZ Off Road permit to be legal on AZ trials. There is no longer any reciprocal agreement with AZ or any other state.
Club Merchandise available (shirts, hats, stickers, patches) Contact Steve Hermansen, our new Merchandise Officer at 801-725-4218.
Political Action by ATV Club
All of these documents can be reviewed on the ATV Club website:http://www.utazatvclub.org Go to the “About Us” tab - then “News and Politics”
New Officers Voted in for 2021/2022:
President: Tony Wright,
Vice President: Mike Reid,
Marketing/Sales: Steve Hermansen,
Treasurer: John Scribner,
Secretary: Patty Kubeja,
Voting was unanimous.
Special Thanks to Jack Clark the Club Cook extraordinaire for his service in 2020. He has agreed to continue as the Club Cook in 2021 and will be assisted by Linda Wilson (who will also help Steve Hermansen with Split the Pot).
Red Rock Jamboree Planning on going by the Kane Co Travel Council. Dates 28 Apr -1 May 2021. Volunteers needed to lead rides, sell merchandise/memberships and get donations for the raffle. Many hands make light work.
Club Flags For Sale: To order a UT/AZ ATV Club flag simply log onto: https://foreverwave.com/product/ut-az-atv-club-flag/ and complete the order form. You will want to order the UT/AZ ATV Club Flag ($24.95) and the “CB Antenna Sleeve – Black “($19.95). Shipping is $6.95. No tax. Total is $51.95. The club flag is displayed on the link. Additional flag information is available on the web site - foreverwave.com. You are encouraged to visit and explore the web site – but to avoid confusion, the simplest way to order the club flag is the one described above.
If anyone needs help with their radios Steve Hermansen has offered assistance. Contact him at 801-725-4218.
The State of Utah Recreation Department has grant money available for trail projects (to include the purchase of equipment). If you have any ideas for projects please get with our new Vice President Mike Reid.
Feb (date TBD) Club Ride/Campout Committee Mtg
Split the pot: Congrats to the lucky winner Vicki Kuni $148. Split the pot funds the meat/drinks for the spring/summer dinner potlucks so please buy tickets to fund the cause.
Revised ATV Club Bylaws:To review click on this link.
Red Rock Jamboree Planning on going by the Kane Co Travel Council. Dates 28 Apr -1 May 2021. Tony will have a meeting with Clay Stewart BLM soon. Club will encourage the planners to include Kane County versus Kanab.
-Club Flags For Sale: To order a UT/AZ ATV Club flag simply log onto : https://foreverwave.com/product/ut-az-atv-club-flag/ and complete the order form. You will want to order the UT/AZ ATV Club Flag ($24.95) and the “CB Antenna Sleeve – Black “ ($19.95). Shipping is $6.95. No tax. Total is $51.95. The club flag is displayed on the link.
Additional flag information is available on the web site - foreverwave.com. You are encouraged to visit and explore the web site – but to avoid confusion, the simplest way to order the club flag is the one described above.
October 5 to 9, 2020 : Falls Color Ride, Mt. Pleasant event report:
2020 Utah/Arizona ATV Club Fall Colors Ride
Mount Pleasant, Utah
Great warm weather welcomed everyone as we gathered together on Monday October 5 at the Horseshoe Mountain motel for an afternoon meet and greet of all of the attendees to this 8th Annual Fall Colors ride.
We were welcomed by John and Sherene McClellan residents of Mt. Pleasant and ATV Club members. There were 36 folks in attendance driving 18 machines. Six of the couples were staying at various RV Parks with the remaining staying at the motel which offered ample accommodations. There were the regular faithful Fall Colors ride attendees, with some new welcomed faces from several other states.
Everyone introduced one another, and we had decisions to make regarding the rides. Eventually the decision was made that we do a group ride on Tuesday, October 6, to Maple Canyon taking us across Sanpete Valley. The guide would be Dave Borup, who had also written a history narrative of the areas to be visited. It was then decided that the next two rides would be to the Skyline Dr. and the rides would be split into two groups. Wednesday, one group led by Mike Green would do a ride to the south on the Skyline Dr. and Mike Reid would lead the other group to the north. In splitting the riding groups, it would provide better management of the riders and use of the drop system. Dusty conditions were to be expected as the area had not had any rain for weeks.
October 6, Tuesday, Maple Canyon Ride.
Everyone, including 18 machines, 15 side by sides and 3 ATV’s were ready for departure at 9:00 AM. With Dave Borup leading we were greeted with fine weather as we drove through the historic small towns and open farming and ranch lands of Sanpete Valley to reach Maple Canyon. The group was impressive as we proceeded into Maple Canyon and the rich red fall colors of the Maple Trees contrasting with Aspens and Oaks. Rock Columns added to the stunning scenery. Climbing in altitude to cross the high ridge we proceeded, the only detriment was the haze caused by fires coming in from western states. Now descending through the colorful aspen groves back to the valley and to the Fountain Green Fish Hatchery where Dave had arranged a tour. Remarkably interesting to see the workers pumping nice sized trout into a truck which will take the fish to be planted into a Utah Lake. On we go to Fountain Green city park where we stop for our lunch under a pavilion.
After our lunch it is back across Sanpete valley to Mt. Pleasant, a fine ride and very entertaining day thanks to Dave and Barb Borup.
October 7, 2020 Wednesday Rides on the Arapeen Trails, and Skyline Drive.
With our group split, some lined up behind Mike Green going south and the others behind Mike Reid going north on Skyline Drive.
Generally, riding the Apareen trails was great, dusty due to conditions however it was getting much clearer of haze and with some light winds the dust conditions was manageable. Again, the colors were spectacular, and our timing was right on. The weather was unusually mild, the rides were a little longer. There were no major complaints that I knew of and everyone got the rides and touring as expected.
Thursday, October 8, 2020 Rides on the Arapeen Trails, and Skyline Drive.
Today the groups reversed and were taken up a different canyon route to the top of the mountains. Another beautiful day, the south ride being a little longer but very much enjoyable.
Our group photo:
Thoughts and notions:
First and foremost, a shout out for our guides and ride leaders. Mike Green who came up with the idea to split the group in two, great idea. Mike Reid who agreed to lead the second group. Dave Borup for the most colorful ride and his preparation for the ride. We were sorry that Dave and Barb had to leave early. Thank you, Ken Kuhni, for thinking of bringing an extra machine, so gracious of you to loan it when needed. Thank you, John and Sherene McClellan for welcoming all of us in your beautiful community.
It seems that everyone made use of the eating establishments okay, despite the covid restrictions. As of this writing there has not been any negative reports of illness since this event, which is good. Most appear to have liked the idea of staging from the same location, there were times when some stayed at the motel to recover, for whatever reason.
Dates: Set date of event early so people can plan and commit early.
Radios: More coordination of usable radio systems would be great.
Rides: Ride destinations and events decided before the event.
Motels and RV Parks: When possible secure blocks of rooms keeping attendees together at the motels or RV parks. To plan at least one social gathering during the event.
Photos: Agree to a single person who sets up the event photos. Attached in this email is links to three days of rides, there were no photos from the Mike Green group for day 2 and day 3.
Ideas: Allow ideas from participants as below.
From Ken Kuhni:
With deep appreciation once again from the Kuhni's, another great Autumn Colors with some of the greatest people on earth.
Sharing my own reflection on what I think went well:
- The Monday arrival and riding 3 days instead of 4, ending Thursday allowing for a day to return for work demands and still have a Saturday to clean up and put away, was greatly appreciated personally.
- Basing out of one location to come and go from appeared to allow for those who had challenges come up to leave partners or stay back for the day and make arrangements for repairs etc. The point-to-point rides we've done in the past have always had some have to drop out for both of the same reasons (health and mechanical)
- Splitting the group in halves to reduce the number of machines worked well from my observation. The group that I was in cooperated well with the smaller number for the drop system. It is easier to keep an eye out for others. It is easier to recognize who is still behind when there was a short lag.
- Big "hats off" and thank you x mil! to Mike Reid who co cordially stepped up with Mike Green to guide us. Two incredible days and hardly noticed we were lost most of the day.
- The variety of locations for meals (a little shallow for breakfast) seemed to work well for folks. Seems people enjoyed grouping together and finding their own choice for dining. Having the grocery store right there was a nice plus.
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Looking ahead to 2021: My thoughts......
I see the chemistry of the group changing. Certainly, there were a few great friends from past Autumn Colors rides that weren't with us this year. Some watching over us from above and some maybe too tired or too lonely to come alone.
Someone mentioned to Sam that another good location to base out of for a similar experience as Sanpete Valley with new, beautiful country trails readily accessible would be Salina.
Pay attention: For a limited time offer: For the past 4 years I have been blessed to join the club for the Autumn Colors and it's probably time for Kuhni (the real Tony Wright) to step up and help. If the officers want (remember, a limited time offer), I will step up to lead out for putting together the basic details for Autumn Colors 2021 if:
- You want to go ahead and plan on Salina as the base location.
- You want to plan to use the same week in October (week of Monday October 4th)..... planning to arrive and gather Monday the 4th, then ride Tuesday through Thursday, October 5,6 & 7.
I would be happy to:
- Make arrangements with Motel 8 to hold a block of rooms (ground level would be the ask) held in the club’s name until a deadline of September 1st or whatever date they agree to.
- Get solid route suggestions for 3 days of riding:
*one day where the group, split in two, could loop in separate directions, passing each other about midpoint, so as to start and return from the Motel.
*and then day 2 & 3 have the two groups alternate the two other rides similar to this year.
- More details to be discussed if leadership desires my help to put together some legwork.
If there is merit to my offer, I would like to suggest the idea of a gathering dinner on the Monday night (knowing Sam wanted that this year before COVID interference) and recognize the great leadership who started this tradition, such as: 1) The other Tony Wright, my brother; + Spartacus Smith + Bain and others that should be included. I wondered about including Joe Orman. Hasn't Joe been a good support to your group? I will work with the "great ones" to make sure the appropriate ones are remembered. After all, it is the people that make these things so memorable.
After you all meet and hold your own reflection of our week in Sanpete Valley, let me know your thoughts before Donald has me committed to working with Russia or North Korea.
Thank you, Ken Kuhni, I believe that in spirit, Bain Swapp and Bob Aiken with us, especially up in the high country.
Your ideas all have merit and my support. One other idea would plan on a hamburger/hotdog outdoor dinner at the city park much like we do at our outdoor ATV Club meetings on the arrival Monday afternoon. That would take some additional planning but would allow all to get together and you the opportunity to give a “Tony Robbins” motivational speech to unleash the power within.
We welcome more ideas so let us know.
More verbal input reference the 2021 Fall Colors ride. One party spoke that the splitting of our group was restrictive of being able to socialize as we have in the past years when we rode all together.
Adding that the rides from small town to town were very enjoyable and favorited by this person. Further suggesting that maybe doing this type of ride every other year?