Strike Ravine & Upper/Lower Helldorado's
- Moab, Utah
Saved Thanks to RR4W/San Jaun County!
-- A judge has denied a request for a temporary injunction that would have
let a Moab couple block public access to off-road trails on land they own
in San Juan County.
was good news for the Red Rock 4-Wheelers. The group's 38th annual Jeep
Safari gets under way today, and more than 60 drivers have registered for
a Tuesday guided trail ride on one of the trails, Strike Ravine.
7th District Judge Lyle Anderson did leave open the prospect that the other
trail, Lower Helldorado may soon be closed...
The latest facts concerning
Strike Ravine, Upper Helldorado and Lower Helldorado: (From Jeff Stevens,
VP of Red Rock 4-Wheelers)
1. They have spoken to the
new land owners, and they are adament about closing the trails through
their property. In fact, they have contacted San Juan County and asked
that the county formally close the trails.
2. San Juan County told RR4W
that they will not close the trails without first having a public hearing.
A preliminary meeting is scheduled for next week, which RR4W will attend.
Presumably, the hearing will then be scheduled for a later date.
3. The RR4W feel we have
a good chance of keeping Strike Ravine open, since it has been in use for
over 10 years. However, we have no evidence that Lower Helldorado was ever
a road, or has been used as a trail for more than 5-6 years, and therefore
our chances are probably slim of saving it. IF ANYONE
HAS ANY EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP.
4. If the hearing results
in an unfavorable decision, we are prepared to take further action.
5. In the meantime, it is
important that we all obey the landowners wishes and stay off the trail.
The San Juan Sheriff will (and already HAS) ticket anyone caught trespassing.
The Lower Helldorado trails
are now closed. The trailhead has been blocked and "no trespassing" signs
placed. The lands were previously State Trust Lands and were sold to a
private individual on 10/10/03. The roads in question may or may not be
protected by state and federal laws. At this time we are working with the
and the Red Rock 4 Wheelers on solving the problem.
Latest information indicates that Upper Helldorado is not on the proprerty
in question, however Strike Ravine and Lower Helldorado are. The local
clubs are working on options, they will be contacting the land owner to
discuss his/her intentions with the property. Stay tuned!
(The Lower Helldorado Trail
Entrance Photo from POR)
HERE FOR POLE CANYON MAP
Trust Lands Auction Results (11/10/03)
Mountain Extreme (12/22/03)
4x4 Forum (11/18/03)
What Can You Do?
For the time being, respect
the owners property and stay off of the affected trails. Any solution that
may be presented will include involvment with the new owners.
Read the SITLA website for
details on the property as well as the sale. The trails affected are Lower
Helldorado, Upper Helldorado, and Strike Ravine.
For more up to date information
on Utah land use issues, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org