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Attention Motorized Users!

With the major influx of 4×4 and recreation users, the 4×4 community is facing some difficult issues. From teaching others about outdoor etiquette and removing tones of trash. To engaging these users in policies that threaten motorized access, we must step up our game to maintain positive public perception and persevere motorized access for future generations.

Motorized access comes at a cost. Not only do we need to stay on the trail, pack out trash, and maintain our roads. But we also need to understand that motorized access is constantly threatened. In the past 3 years alone, Arizona has faced over 13,000 miles of backroads threatened by closure. Locally, a small group of individuals was able to stop nearly all road closures. But we barely made it by the skin of our teeth.

It is now more important than ever that industry leaders and content creators provide the leadership that used to guide motorized users. As leaders in the 4×4 world, it is our responsibility to teach newcomers the ropes.

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Parashant National Monument | Episode 1 Day 1

Before I made the trek into Parashant, I had no idea of the beauty that was just hours away from my home. It's easy to underestimate the Parashant. I have seen so many pictures of the Grand Canyon; I feel like I've been there a million times. But there is nothing like camping right on the edge of the canyon.

One can easily travel to the north or south rim by passenger car if you want to immerse yourself in the crowds. I prefer solitude. The Parashant National Monument provides just that. So we took the opportunity before summer was in full swing.

An incredible route through the Parashant National Monument

I put the word out to a few friends who were immediately interested. Six of us met in Mesquite, Nevada, nearly 5 1/2  hours from home. We ended up just over the Arizona line at the base of the Virgin Mountains. Gold Butte National Monument and Lake Mead National Recreation Area were to the south, and Parashant was just over the mountains.

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We started around 8 A.M. With just 3 hours of sleep. Waiting for the trail leader to arrive kept everyone up all night. I had a cooling fan go out on my way up. After acquiring the part and changing it out, I was hours late. Close communication kept everything smooth.

The trail was comfortable through the Virgin Mountains. Climbing elevation was demanding, and everyone overheated.  No one had an issue stopping to take in the views. As we pressed forward, a thunderstorm moved in from behind. At this point, we had gained 4,460 feet in elevation in under 10 miles. 

Elbow Canyon was beautiful and full of new colors. Northwestern, Arizona, is a unique place with unique landscapes. Erosion creates some stunning canyons and rock formations. It's not your typical Arizona desert.

After cresting the mountain top, we arrived at Cougar Spring, where we found one of several cabins in the area. The cabin was located just off the trail surrounded by juniper trees. Made from stone, with a wood and metal roof, it looked to be a luxurious place at one time. The inside walls and floor were cemented, and there was a fireplace to keep the previous dwellers warm.

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Continuing down the trail, we reach Jacobs Well just in time for lunch. Everyone gathered near an old cabin for a quick bite to eat. I took a walk around to look at the old relics in the area. An old windmill, a couple of unknown pieces of machinery, and an old cabin are scattered across the field. It appears to be used by ranchers but located on public land.

The Grand Wash Cliffs start to come into view as we round Mud Mountain. Heading for Hidden Canyon, we find ourselves on Nutter Twists road. It was an exciting trail with some mild obstacles on a sheer cliff. We paralleled the Hidden Cliffs and dropped into Hidden Canyon.

Our campsite was located at yet another old cabin. We set up camp at Hidden Spring just outside an old corral. While settling in for the night, we witnessed a beautiful sunset from the bottom of Hidden Canyon. With little sleep, I decided it was a good time to call it a night.

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Engaging Our Community

AZBCE is dedicated to keeping our community informed. We have successfully engaged our community in policy-making decisions that threaten motorized access in Arizona. We take pride in helping shape land-use proposals on Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service lands.

Going Against The Grain

When nobody else is talking about it, AZBCE is. We believe it's important our community engage in policy decisions that threaten motorized access to our public lands. We publish material through various online and print publications to create awareness about the radical environmental policy facing outdoor recreation.

Our Goals


Promote adventure and establish our backroads as an economic source for rural Arizona communities.


Engage our community in policy making decisions that threaten rural Arizona.


Unit the agriculture, mining and outdoor recreation communities to shape state and federal policy.


Empower our community and provide the tools to effectively stand guard for traditional Arizona.

Traditional Values

We believe in the western way of life and the founding principles of this great place we call home. We are advocates of limited government, states rights, the US Constitution, and opponents of radical policies that threaten our way of life.

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Using GIS data and advanced mapping software, we plan and take on the most memorable adventures across the western United States. Our fans can download our GPS tracks and follow our routes using existing roads and the most challenging trails that connect small towns across the state.

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