Registration is now OPEN for the 2nd Annual "7 Trails of Gold" event!(Updated: 04/01/2018)
The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) is very proud to announce the
2nd Annual "7 Trails of Gold event in Grants, New Mexico on June 8-10.
The number one comment we heard from the attending riders at last year’s inaugural event was, “I had no idea this riding was even out here!” With feedback like that, we just knew we had to share the “secret” with the rest of NMOHVA’s membership. In that spirit, this year’s event will be MULTI-MODAL with three days of riding/driving for full size 4WD vehicles and ATV/UTV’s as well as dual sport motorcycles.
Grants New Mexico is a very motorized recreation-friendly community. The surrounding area offers outstanding and plentiful riding opportunities on nearby Mt. Taylor and in the Zuni Mountains. We know there is enough fun for everybody, even on the same weekend and we will be working hard to coordinate the rides and routes to keep everyone happy and moving freely!
Our Forest Service permit caps the total vehicle count for the event at 150 vehicles (split evenly among the three modes) so there will be 50 slots for dual sport riders.
Our approach last year was a no-frills, low-cost event with the emphasis on providing a quality riding experience out on the trails. Again, the feedback was overwhelming positive, so we are taking the same approach for 2018. This is an AMA-sanctioned event.
Registration and full details are available on NMOHVA's event page at http://nmohva.wildapricot.org/page-1542797.
Registration will include dinner on Saturday evening and event stickers. Riders will also have the option of ordering a custom performance T-shirt commemorating the year’s event. All funds above event costs will go directly to NMOHVA's Access Defense Fund. The Access Defense Fund is used to protect and preserve all modes of motorized recreation and access in New Mexico.
We can promise that the riding available in the Grants area is varied, interesting, scenic, and plentiful! All three days of the event will again feature dual sport riding on a variety of roads and motorized trails. Mount Taylor offers high altitude (11,000 foot plus!) alpine scenery, outstanding vistas, and unforgettable riding. The Zuni Mountains offer a very rich logging, railroad, and mining history with many remaining relics and ruins amidst the pines, aspens, and lush green meadows. Both Mt. Taylor and the Zunis offer a wide range of riding options suitable for different skill levels and the desires of the rider for long or shorter days. The routes range from gravel roads to two tracks to narrow (ATV-width) rocky trails.
NMOHVA's crack “advance scout team” will also start riding potential “additions” to last year’s offerings just as soon as the (scant) snow leaves the area and the trails finish drying out.
For those riders looking for suitable “big-bike friendly” options, there will be multiple routes available including sections of the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route in both the Zunis and Mt. Taylor in addition to the highly scenic Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway, a visit to El Morro National Monument (Inscription Rock) or the always popular loop down to Pie Town, NM for some world-famous pie!
All riding at this event is strictly at the event participant's own discretion. GPS tracks of suggested routes will be available, and we will provide multiple ride leaders each day for those who want to follow experienced guides.
All paved road riding requires a legal, plated bike. All dirt road and trail riding requires a valid NM OHV sticker or sticker from a reciprocal state. An USFS-approved spark arrester is required on all US Forest Service managed lands.
All accommodations are the responsibility of the riders. The Grants community offers a wide range of hotel, motel, and RV/tent camping options. The surrounding Cibola National Forest also offers RV/tent developed and undeveloped camping options. Here is a list of the local accommodations:
This NMOHVA event is again being held in conjunction with Grants MainStreet Project, Inc’s 7 Trails of Gold Outdoor Festival. The festival highlights all of the wonderful trail-based recreation in the Grants area. The festival will include live music, BBQ/food vendors, and local breweries offering their finest craft beers on Saturday at the Fire and Ice Park in downtown Grants. More details on the Grants MainStreet Project event can be found on Facebook at:
We invite you to join NMOHVA and the Grants MainSteet Project for the 7 Trails of Gold. We are looking forward to showing you a “new” area of New Mexico we know you will enjoy!