21st American Trails International Trails Symposium

April 16, 2013

On the Path of Excellence


American Trails' 21st National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

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2013 Outstanding Trail Sharing Award

This award recognizes innovative and successful trail sharing efforts, programs, and systems.


Colorado Responsible Recreation Foundation’s “Stay The Trail” Campaign


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The OHV Education trailer for Stay the trail programs

Since 2002, the Stay The Trail OHV Education program has been focused on the encouragement of responsible recreation on public lands within the State of Colorado. The program has maintained three major forms of outreach over these past years; one being educational trailers that are towed around the state to staff a number of various outreach events, the second being the www.staythetrail.org website, and the last being advertising. Whether it is a booth set up at a smaller event or one of the full educational trailers and assorted other outreach tools, they have made a huge effort towards providing resources and information to enthusiasts where they recreate.

The Responsible Recreation Foundation (Foundation), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and other members from various environmental organizations and user groups, have developed the Stay the Trail educational campaign to address irresponsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and damage mitigation on public lands. Stay The Trail’s mission is to reinforce and highlight responsible OHV use, and to modify and mitigate irresponsible use in an effort to reduce resource damage on public lands. The goal is to create a statewide culture of responsible OHV use that will continue beyond the life of the project, effectively creating a stewardship ethic among all Colorado OHV recreationists.

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Examples of posters from "Stay the Trail"


STT was created by a collaboration of land management agencies, motorized enthusiasts and environmental organizations formed a Historic coalition where the rhetoric was turned down. The Coalition had to overcome inherent mistrust that was constantly walking a fine line between encouraging responsible riding ... yet stopping short of hyping off highway vehicle recreation.

STT has developed partnerships with numerous OHV businesses. They have been a great help getting involved in encouraging responsible recreation on public lands. Their efforts range from providing brochures, maps, and stickers to hosting open houses that include our staff and/or trailers. STT is a statewide resource for land managers.

In addition to providing support service through the education trailer, website and other educational programs, STT provides direct involvement with local land managers and recreation staff, providing helpful solutions to on‐the‐ground issues and concerns. By assessing these in the field, STT is able to work through questions and have a hard look at ways to prevent unauthorized route creation or resource damage.

The intent is to look at pro‐active solutions for sustainable routes and clear route identification that matches the route designation through the agency. (See attached accomplishment page from 2010) “Stay the Trail” program is a model for the entire nation as well as other countries. Many of the website and outreach materials have been utilized by other states and national organizations, including Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and organizations like Tread Lightly. STT was even contacted by the Iceland Department of Natural Resources for permission to use STT graphics and messages. They were incorporated into an Iceland National Brochure.

For more information:

Responsible Recreation Foundation,
P.O. Box 915, Wheat Ridge CO 80034-0915
Phone: 720 684-9960
Email: sam@staythertrail.org or Valerie@staythetrail.org
Website: www.staythetrail.org


American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797(530) 547-2060
Fax: (530) 547-2035Symposium@americantrails.org www.AmericanTrails.org

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