WSATVA Mission Statement

The Western Slope ATV Association was founded on the principle of promoting ATV use as a legitimate family recreational activity on public lands to provide riding enjoyment on the trails for all users. In doing so, we will promote reasonable use and educate the general public, media and elected officials on land use. We help the Forest Service and BLM Agencies with trail maintenance to keep the many miles adopted by our club on Forest Service and BLM lands trails as sustainable as possible. Access to ATV trails is a club priority as well as keeping trails as safe and enjoyable for riding. We work with the local BLM and Forest Service offices to obtain grants and to provide trail maintenance and construction to help 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

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 club rides when ride leaders make themselves available. However, the frequency of these rides are totally dependent on having ride leaders to guide the rides. Thus, some months will see more rides than other months. The club may ride 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 adventurous. 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 April, our meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriffs Posse building located at 25 Road and F 1/2 Road. From May 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 provided assistance to Mesa County search and rescue efforts for several years until being notified recently that their services were no longer required. The all-volunteer ATV arm of Search & Rescue was formed within the club to help with search and rescue, security, evidence searches and more on the Western Slope. The group met monthly and conducted training exercises in First Aid, GPS use, search protocols and familiarization with remote areas which had repeat searches. The dedicated volunteers were on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and were ready to respond to a call for assistance at a moments notice. Search & Rescue volunteers also lent assistance to search and rescue and/or law enforcement agencies in neighboring counties and states when requested.

🎄 2024 Annual After-Christmas Party 🎄

On Saturday, 20-January-2024, about 100 WSATVA members, family and guests attended our annual After-Christmas party, awards ceremony, gift exchange and cornhole tournament.  After the sumptuous dinner catered by Olive Garden, Tom Spor was awarded the annual Boner Award for his decision to check the condition of his skid plate and under-carriage by turning his machine upside down. All components were found to be in good condition.  Following that award, an award honoring the WSATVA tree cutting crews was presented to their fearless leader – Dave Van Dyke. A lovely pink chain saw was mounted on a beautiful plaque alongside a picture of Dave employing it out on the trail. Then came a most deserved award of stylish bib apron and toque to WSATVA Master Chef Carl Desrosiers for the wonderful cookery he provides for all members at the club barbecues. Following the awards drawings were held to give away several door prizes to members including $600.00 in cash surprise boxes as well as several great door prizes donated by area businesses and members of the club.  Then it was time for the gift exchange which is always a rousing good time as WSATVA members jockey for that ultimate prize.  Thank You to Toby Smith for the use of his facility at Cornhole Etc. An impromptu cornhole tournament to rival even that of the elite cornhole leagues was enjoyed by several WSATVA members earlier in the afternoon. And last – but certainly not least – a Great Big Thank You to everyone who assisted in setup and tear down and those who acquired the necessary food, beverages and other provisions to make the party the huge success that it was. I sincerely hope Kris & Hyrum enjoyed all of that whipped cream.

WSATVA wholeheartedly extends a big THANK YOU to the following for recognizing the contribution we make to the western slope community by their generous donation of door prizes: Motorcycle Accessories; Village Inn; Berna B’s Restaurant; Davis Service Center; Carlson Vineyards; All-Terrain Motorsports; Marci Chambers; Cornhole Etc; WSATVA; David Van Dyke; Dan’s Moto Works; Moto House; Cattlemen’s Restaurant.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

WSATVA Membership Meeting
Wednesday, 21-February-2024 – 7:00pm
Sheriff’s Posse Building – 648 25 Road

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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.

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Volunteer Hours 2022 for USFS, BLM, Search & Rescue

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Miles of OHV Routes in Our Area

Grant Money For Trails & Bridges

WSATVA By The Numbers

Number of WSATVA Members

Bridges Restored/Built/Maintained

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Miles of Trails We Maintain/Trees Removed From Trails 2022

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