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RBC I Rio Blanco County and its Wagon Wheel Trails Program serves as an excellent example of how to provide off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation experiences while contributing to a rural economy.
The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) recognized Rio Blanco County recently with an “Award of Special Recognition” for the innovative solutions they are creating to benefit OHV recreation.
The county, its communities, businesses, residents and government partners have collectively created a vision for a long-distance OHV trail system that connects communities to the beautiful landscapes of the region. The county is a leader in providing OHV recreation experiences in Colorado, the award states.
Rio Blanco County and its partners have successfully won grants and have made local investments to plan for and implement a 1,000 mile county-wide OHV trail system called the Wagon Wheel Trails. They have held multiple special events to draw new people to the county and have successfully implemented a sign program.
Maps and other information have been developed to help people enjoy the trail system.
The county, Town of Meeker and Town of Rangley have opened many of their town and rural roads to regulated OHV use, which is very popular. They have also worked closely with local businesses to make their communities more OHV friendly.
COHVCO and Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) are key partners of Rio Blanco County and look forward to a successful future together.
Rio Blanco County is truly deserving of this Award of Special Recognition for their leadership and solutions, COHVCO officials stated.
More information about the county and Wagon Wheel Trails can be found at: www.wagonwheeltrails.org