A good sized group participated in the first WS4W Club run of the season spending a great day with a BBQ traveling the Wave Eagle Loop just North of Montrose. The run was a little more difficult this year as the trail has deteriorated with weather making it into a better Jeep trail . Fun was had by all even though a double tire puncture held things up for a bit. Lots of good food and camaraderie were had by all. Thanks once again to all who provided food, refreshments and the grills. Well done to our in-house caterer, Linnea!!

Here is a sneak shot of the dash of the interior of the new Jeep JL which is scheduled to replace the current Jeep JK. More photo’s to come!

Ouray county has announced they will attempt to begin clearing and opening of trails in the county beginning May 3rd. Watch for equipment in the area as the Road & Bridge Gang work to open trails in the upper elevations. There is no set schedule as to the order in which trails will be plowed. Trail openings will be done strictly by the current conditions. The county reports it may be a month or more before all trails will be opened due to the weather. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution during the plowing operations.

After a very quiet lull in the audience, Corey Bloom volunteered and was subsequently nominated as the new Land Use Officer to fill the remaining term vacated by Todd Bacon. Since there were no other nominees, Corey will be formally voted into office at the next club meeting. The Land Use Officer monitors proposals by the BLM and Forrest Service and any other governmental agencies which would affect any of the trails used by the Off Road Community. Corey will fill the job until the end of term in December.

Well, Easter Jeep Safari for 2017 is in the history books. The Western Slope 4 Wheelers were well represented along with Montrose County. The club showed a great response to the request by Montrose County to man a booth during the Vendors Show to -promote the newly opened Rimrocker Trail. A group of volunteers manned the booth beginning with the setup on Wednesday and through Friday afternoon. Along with passing out more than a thousand bags stuffed with maps, history and other Montrose area information, the volunteers met over 1200 people and answered their questions on this new trail. Answering the question of running a trail over 160 miles long over two or more days, the response from the public was very high. Many folks were a bit disappointed to learn it was still closed in two places because of late snow but most added the Rimrocker Trail to their bucket list of trails to run. One couple from Arkansas was so excited about running it, they were already making plans to return, possibly as early as this summer! The response to the trail was very high, a surprise for a lot of us there at the booth. Many people came by the booth after hearing others talk about the “New” trail from fellow jeepers the day before or while out running other trails during the week.

The event gave club members a good exposure to the interest in the new trail There is still more work to be done on the trail. We will be running a GPS exercise in July to finish the last two sections of the trail. It’s also planned to video the trail for the county and to get the final history written for the last sections. The club has been very instrumental in helping the county get the information needed to update the Rimrocker website and the new inter-active map should be up and operating by the end of summer. Meanwhile, the county is moving forward with work on the official trail head on the Montrose end with the installation of potable water, restrooms and the grading of the parking area. The club hopes to begin construction of the OHV Training area this summer as well.

Thanks to all who participated in this event.

The latest information for the 2017 Nucla-Naturita Poker Run has been posted to their Chamber of Commerce website. Follow this link direct to the site. There you will find info

for entering and the waiver for signing. http://nucla-naturita.com/calendar-of-Events

Just want to extend a hearty welcome to Steve & Lee Anne Waters as the newest members of the Western Slope 4 Wheelers! Welcome aboard and looking forward to having you g7uys joining us on the trails this up coming season. Good to have you with us and hope you have a good time with us. Welcome!!

With our ongoing cooperation with Montrose County and a result of many hundreds of hours work, the Rimrocker Trail which joins Montrose , Colorado and  Moab, Utah has now been establish.

After several years of planning and a lot of boots on the ground work by members of the Western Slope 4 Wheelers and several other off road organizations, the main trail has been established for an

off-road experience unlike any other trail in the area. You can find more information by clicking on the Rimrocker Trail logo on our Welcome page.

Red Mountain Pass currently has heavy snow conditions with travel times changing daily. Use extreme caution. Watch for avalanche mitigation crew from CDOT while driving. Look for flaggers on roadway. Check with CDOT for updated status on road conditions.

Effective immediately, 1/9/17 at 2:00 pm, Taylor River Road (CR #742) will be closed at the 13.5 mile marker, Summerville Campground, due to extreme icy road conditions and avalanches on the road. Please call 641-0044 with further questions.