Built on the back of Big Tech

This website has over 35 different tracking cookies that we have no control over.

If you value your online privacy, please join us on AZBackroads.com, where your privacy is protected.

Our Website has moved to AZBackroads.com!

We are no longer publishing on this site, but it will remain active. You can find all existing writings plus more on our new website AZBackroads.com. Our new website is a powerhouse full of information. You will find several resources to help you learn about policy, adventure, and other information like fire restrictions, forest orders, and GPS tracks.

Create an account and join the forum!

Our new forum is a free speech zone meant to provide Arizona Backcountry Explorers members a place to mingle without fear of being silenced.

Visit The New Site

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.

Please Subscribe

We are boycotting social media.

We are phasing out our social media pages and will no longer support a platform that silences us. To avoid the arbiters of truth, it is imperative that you subscribe to our email list and get our content straight to your inbox. We will still continue to run our websites and forum as well as work with our allies to complete our goals.

Latest headlines from AZBackroads.com

Forest Service recreation sites | New changes proposed

The Forest Service seeks public input on changes that will affect recreation sites. 

We were promised more transparency when it comes to how our public lands are managed, and we got it. This might be our first chance to shape how the Forest Service handbook is written. 



This is our chance to push for more specific restrictions on Forest Service officials and how they manage our public lands.


New changes to 36 CFR 216 from the Department of Agriculture require all new Forest Service directives to be opened for public participation. Previously, we would have never had a chance to get involved when it comes to how a Forest Service handbook is written. We now have an opportunity to shape the procedures used to manage our public lands. 




The USDA Forest Service handbook details how Forest Service employees will carry out their duties to manage our public lands. Forest Service officials are required to follow these guidelines, or they can face termination. Everything from making sure bathrooms are sanitized to reconstructing Forest Service facilities is being discussed. These management changes include developed recreation sites like shooting ranges, boat ramps, lakes, campgrounds, parking areas, rental cabins, and other things like campsite hosts, stay limits, and reservation services. 

Many things should be taken into consideration, and there are a lot of questions that should be answered. Could a forest service official close a developed recreation site at his or her own discretion? Could it be true that many of our recreation sites won't meet the standards required and end up closed? Could this create an even more substantial maintenance backlog? How would this affect concession services that maintain campgrounds and other facilities?

I believe these changes are too broad in nature and should include more detailed guidance to keep recreation sites open and prevent bureaucratic abuse of power. 
 

These changes are nationwide and only concern FSH 2309.13 – RECREATION SITE HANDBOOK.


The plan implements four National Quality Standards listed in section 52.1 of the document below. The national quality standards are designed to address public safety, risk management, and resource protection at developed recreation sites. They include four basic principles; core standards, operational standards, maintenance standards, and management standards. 

According to this new directive, recreation sites should be temporarily or permanently closed until the nine core standards are met. The plan goes further into detail, suggesting that renovation and reconstruction should be a priority over closure. 


The nine core standards

1. To the extent deemed practicable by the local Forest Service official, a pre-season site safety inspection is completed and documented.

2. Known high-risk conditions are minimized, mitigated, or eliminated to the extent deemed feasible and appropriate by the local Forest Service official prior to the season of managed use.

3. Utilities (such as electrical, natural gas, propane, steam, and fuel oil systems) meet applicable Federal, State, and local requirements for operation and maintenance.

4. Water, wastewater, and sewage or disposal treatment systems meet Federal, State, and local requirements for operation, maintenance, and monitoring.

5. Applicable orders are posted, and applicable laws, regulations, and orders are enforced as deemed appropriate by the local Law Enforcement and Investigations staff.

6. Visitors' exposure to human waste to the extent practicable. 

7. As deemed appropriate and practicable by the local Forest Service official, encounters with potentially threatening wildlife are minimized.

8. A current and complete operation and maintenance plan exists and is being implemented.

9. Recreational use is consistent with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to natural and cultural resource protection. 

AZBCE asks that you study the document and submit your comments. It's 57 pages long. 

Your comments are requested by 8-10-2020.

Read the document HERE (PDF).

Submit your comments HERE 

Connect With Us

Join us on our new website!

AZ Backroads is our new powerhouse! Please come check out our new website and create an account to start interacting with our content.

We are reader funded

Our supporting members make our efforts possible and help us inform the Arizona people about land use policy. By becoming a supporting member, you will gain access to members only content, commentary, and GPS tracks from our adventures.

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

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

Engage

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

Unite

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

Empower

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.

400+ GPS Tracks

1500+ POI

80+ Fire Rings

10+ National Forests

View The Map

Get in touch

We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please feel free to message us using the contact form or send us an email.

contact@azbackcountryexplorers.com.

Message Us

Name

Email *

Message *