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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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Thank goodness for public lands

Imagine what it's like living in a state that has no public lands.

It's hard for many locals to comprehend this scenario. The camping, offroad, adventure life we love so much wouldn't exist. No trespassing signs would litter the backcountry narrowing your choices to a few select campgrounds and privately owned offroad parks. Hunting would only be allowed under the supervision of outfitters and guides or permission from landowners. Someone would own nearly every acre of land and historical place.

The off-road park

The off-road park must be a joke. Imagine going to the same place every single weekend. That's got to be boring, overrun, and expensive. My Texas friend told me you better be prepared to spend $500 to have a good weekend on the trails. They must be like Arizona's OHV Recreation areas. Overrun, full of people, and a place that I'd like to avoid.

We are fortunate enough to live in a state where only 18% of the land is privately owned, and the rest is open for our enjoyment. Like Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana, and the rest of the Western States, the wide-open lands have shaped our culture. This is why we have fought hard to keep these lands open to all.


We are die-hard adventurers. The fun doesn't stop at a four-wheel-drive trail. Fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and prospecting are all things we enjoy. Four-wheel drive is simply a tool to gain access to those places we love the most. It doesn't define who we are or what we're about.

Our public lands allow us to live the lifestyle we enjoy. It brings us together in common ground. We can forget our differences politically and religiously. Putting theses differences aside, we can have the time of our lives.

Home of the best

Arizona is home to some of the best outdoor opportunities in the United States. It's not surprising that we are a focal point for the entire world. People come from worldwide to visit our natural treasures such as the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

Less then 60,000 people a year visit the Parashant National Monument. It's the most isolated place in Arizona. To reach the north rim of the grand canyon requires 4wd and superb offroad driving skills. You must navigate over 150 miles of dirt road ranging from the maintained county road to technical, narrow trails suitable for highly modified rock crawlers.

In the Prashant National Monument, OHV use is promoted and a prerequisite to visit the natural treasures within. It's almost like the largest OHV park in the US. Recreational opportunities are reserved for those who have a 4-wheel drive. It's such an isolated place and hard to access; it keeps many people away. The only problem with access for us has enough fuel to get out.

Moral of the story

We should feel lucky because not everybody has it this good. Be a steward of your public lands. Protect it, cherish it, and embrace it. Our lands are for everybody. Not just you or me, but every man and woman. 

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About Us

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.

Mapping Adventure

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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