The White Mountain Open Trails Association (WMOTA) is welcoming spring in the White Mountains with planned camp-outs and off-highway trail rides, including rides on the Arizona Maverick Trail, that will be held all through the summer and fall until December. After that, monthly rides may be planned for Parker/Havasu, Queen Valley, and Tonto Basin as they were this year. WMOTA is frequently joined by members of the Apache County ATV club for joint rides and WMOTA members join their club rides and support them with trail-clearing effort.
One very important recent development: WMOTA and TRACKS members met in January—under the leadership of the US Forest Service—to plan and submit a grant application to Arizona State Parks for the creation and publication of a comprehensive map of both motorized and non-motorized trails in the Lakeside Ranger District. This effort is noteworthy because it represents both groups working together for the common good. The grant was submitted in February and was approved in April by the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG) and funding is pending final approval. The town of Pinetop-Lakeside, city of Show Low, both chambers of commerce, TRACKS, Arizona Game and Fish, and Navajo county supported this effort.
WMOTA is an adult social club, which is dedicated to promoting ATV and UTV riding as a safe and enjoyable activity. WMOTA, in conjunction with the US Forest Service and Arizona State Parks, was instrumental in the development of the Maverick Motorized Trail, which runs between Pinetop and Clay Spring, a distance of more than 49 miles, plus a loop around Porter Mountain of 11 miles. Work on this trail began in 2000 and it was formally dedicated in 2010. WMOTA is currently working with the forest service to mark the trail every quarter mile with identifying stickers that correlate to a GPS location. Emergency rescue personnel will have this data in the event of a safety or mechanical problem on the trail.
For more information about WMOTA, visit their website at www.WMOTA.com.