Coalition for Recreational Trails



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arrow State by State listing of all CRT Annual Achievement Awards

arrow Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration




The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations. Its members work together to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, which returns federal gasoline taxes paid by off-highway recreationists to the states for trail development and maintenance. CRT was formed in 1992 following the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to ensure that the National Recreational Trails Fund (now known as the Recreational Trails Program or RTP) established by that legislation received adequate funding.

During the six years of ISTEA, CRT worked to ensure that program was continued and strengthened as part of the ISTEA reauthorization process. Following the 1998 passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the 2005 approval of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), both of which significantly increased RTP program funding. CRT’s efforts focusing on RTP’s continued, effective implementation resulted in the reauthorization of RTP with dedicated annual funding of $85 million for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). CRT efforts are now focused on continuing and enhancing the RTP in the next round of transportation legislation.

CRT also sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards as part of the ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the highly successful Recreational Trails Program. Outstanding projects funded by RTP are honored at the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill in June hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails during the annual celebration of Great Outdoors Month.


Recreational Trails Program Council of Advisors

As a member of the Coalition for Recreational Trails, American Trails urges organizations of every size and interest to become a Supporter of the Recreational Trails Program. CRT has created a Council of Advisors to help support the continuation and expansion of the Recreational Trails Program in upcoming legislation, as well as to encourage State Governors not to “opt-out” of the RTP under the current FAST Act. By joining the Council, the Advisors agree to sign on to letters supporting RTP that will be sent to Members of Congress, the Administration, or to relevant State Governors and/or Legislators. In addition, Advisors are asked to recruit other RTP supporters and to help in a variety of ways.

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National Members – Coalition for Recreational Trails

American Council of Snowmobile Associations
American Hiking Society
American Horse Council
American Motorcyclist Association
American Trails
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
Back Country Horsemen of America
Conservation Legacy
The Corps Network
Equine Land Conservation Resource
International Association of Snowmobile Administrators
International Mountain Bicycling Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of State Park Directors
National Association of State Trail Administrators
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

National Recreation and Park Association
National Wildlife Federation
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
Partnership for the National Trails System
Professional TrailBuilders Association
Public Lands Service Coalition
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Coalition
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Sports and Fitness Industry Association
The Student Conservation Association
Tread Lightly!
United Four Wheel Drive Associations


Council of Advisors – 2018 for Coalition for Recreational Trails

Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club
Adirondack Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
Adirondack Trail Riders
Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association
American Rose Society
American Endurance Ride Conference
American Trails
American YouthWorks – Texas Conservation Corps and Louisiana Conservation Corps
Arizona Conservation Corps
Arizona Peace Trail
Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
Backcountry Offroad Adventure Rally
Baton Rouge Downtown Development District
Benton MacKaye Trail Association
Big Muddy Workshop, Inc.
Bike Baton Rouge
Bike Easy
BREC - The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge
Breezy Hill Dirt Riders
Cajun Cycle Riders, Inc.
Center for Planning Excellence
Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club
Cherokee Hiking Club
Choose Outdoors
City of Ruston
Coastal Georgia Greenway
Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs
Colorado Motorcycle Trail Riders Association
Community Training Works, Inc.
Competition Dirt Riders
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Conservation Planning Coalition
Conserving Carolina
Country Trailblazers, Inc.
Dakota Trail Blazers
East Coast Enduro Association
Edelweiss Acres/Evergreen Packgoat Club
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Faribo Sno-Go Club
Finger Lakes Trail Conference
ForeverGreen Trails
Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, Inc.
Friends of the Lewistown Trails
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County
Friends of the Riverfront
Garyville Timbermill Museum Association
Gnarly Routes Inc.
Golden Mean Consulting
Green Mountain Horse Association
GS Forestry
Hague Sno-Goers, Inc.
Hot Springs Friends of the Parks
Idaho Recreation Council
Idaho State ATV Association, Inc.
Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs
Indiana Snowmobilers Association
Iowa State Snowmobile Association
The Jena Times
Kansas Recreation and Park Association
Knott County ATV and Motorcycle Rider Training Center
Kuna Trail Riders
L & A Trail, Inc.
Lake City/Hinsdale Co. Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Lander Marine & Cycle
Lewis-Clark ATV Club
Lewiston Parks & Recreation
Lonsdale SnoWizards
Louisiana Governor’s Designee to the Delta Regional Authority
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance
Mass Audubon
Meteor Motorcycle Club
Michigan Snowmobile Association
Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts
Minnesota Four Wheel Drive Association
Minnesota Recreational Trail Users Association
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
MnUSA Region 8
Montana Trails Coalition
Mountain Lions Snowmobile Club
Mulleyville Trail Systems
JNebraska State Snowmobile Association
Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association
New England Trail Rider Association
New Hampshire Bureau of Trails
New Mexico 4-Wheelers Inc.

New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance
New Orleans City Park
New Prague Snowdrifters
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
New York State Snowmobile Association
Nick Stoner Trailers of Caroga Lake
Northern Erie Sno-Seekers, Inc.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Northern Washington County Trail Blazers
Northwest Youth Corps
Ocean County Competition Riders
Off-Road Riders Association
Ohio Motorized Trails Association
Open Trails NJ
Oneida County Snowmobile Association
Oregon Equestrian Trails
O-T-Go SnowGoers
Ouachita Mountain Hikers
Pawtuxet River Authority
Pearl City Sno Pearls
Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association
Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club
Pine Barons Enduro Riders
Pioneer SnoSurfers
Pistons Wild Motorsports
Platte River Trails Trust
Poinsett Pounders
Prescott Trail Riders
Protect Our Wetlands, Water and Woods
PV Greenway Alliance
Quad Cities ATV Club
Roanoke IMBA
Roanoke Parks & Recreation
Rushford Snowmobile Club
Sacandaga Snowmobile Club
San Antonio Jeep Exclusive
Saratoga Back Country Horsemen
Schuyler Snowstars
Sequoyah Hiking Club
The Shawnee Sno-Chiefs Snowmobile Club, Inc.
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
Snodrifters of Latah County
Snow Pioneers
Snowmobile North Dakota
Snowrats Snowmobile Club
South Dakota Snowmobile Association
South Dakota Trails Development Corp.
South Penn Enduro Riders
Southeast Conservation Corps
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
Southwest Conservation Corps
Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association
St. Bernard Parish Government
St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance
Squannacook Greenways
STRIVE! Endurance Training
Sweetwater Snowpokes
Syracuse Snoflakers
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Tallahassee Trail Riders
Tammany Trace
TC Riders Snowmobile Club
The TECHE Project
Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club
Toledo Trail Riders
Town and Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
Trail Riders of Southern Arizona
Trails and Tourism – Bluff Tracks
Trails Unlimited LLC
Treasure State ATV Association
Tri County Sportsmen Motorcycle Club
Tri-Valley Trail Riders, Inc.
Turin Ridge Riders
Twin Cities Trail Riders
Utah Trail Machine Association
Village of Grosse Tete
Voyageur Country ATV
Warriors Passage National Recreation Trail
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Washington State Snowmobile Association
Washington Trails Association
Weedsport Winter Wanderers, Inc.
West Maui Greenway Alliance
West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
West Mountain Riders
Wyoming Pathways
Wyoming State Snowmobile Association
York County Rail Trail Authority

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion— less than one third— of the motor fuel excise tax paid into the Trust Fund from nonhighway recreational fuel use. Since 1993, more than 22,000 RTP-funded projects have been funded nationwide and are documented on the RTP database: The RTP leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support from other sources for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and economic activity across America.


Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website.

arrow Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

arrow See State by State list of all Recreational Trails Program Awards with links to individual award web pages

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