Trails in Colorado, Utah and Alaska have won $20,000 in grants from Michelin North America Inc.'s BFGoodrich brand and other off-roading partners as part of the 2017 Outstanding Trails program.
BFGoodrich partnered with 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Jeep Jamboree USA, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association. Together, they're presenting each of these four trails $5,000:
Chinaman Gulch, Buena Vista, Colo. — nominated by Ute Pass Iron Goats. The club will use the grant to provide toilet facilities at the trailhead, improve signage and perform general improvements to the trail.
Elephant Hill, Moab, Utah — nominated by Red Rock Four Wheelers. The grant will be used to maintain and improve signage marking the trail.
Grizzly Lake, St. Elmo, Colo. — nominated by Colorado Off-Road Enterprise (CORE). The club will use the grant to repair an area of the trail that has become dug out, and to add signage to the trailhead.
Purinton Creek Trail, Alaska — Nominated by Alaska Extreme Four Wheelers (AKX). The club will use this grant to remove willow that has encroached on the trail in some sections, causing damage to vehicles.
The four winning trails were chosen out of more than a dozen nominated from eight states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah.
Each year, off-roading clubs from across America nominate trails to receive the grants. A panel of four-wheel industry experts helped select the winning trails based on their uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following. The grants may be used for maintenance, repair, preservation efforts, signage and education.
In its 12th year, Outstanding Trails has awarded $160,000 to 44 off-road trails nominated by more than 40 enthusiast clubs across America.
During the next year, BFGoodrich will participate in club events associated with these trails to highlight responsible trail use.
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