A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 for the new off-highway vehicle staging area in Quartzsite. Lynda Goldberg of La Paz Regional Tourism invited the Parker Town Council to this event at their Oct. 5 meeting. She also invited residents of Parker to join Quartzsite residents for this occasion.
Goldberg is also a member of the Quartzsite Town Council.
The new staging area cost $600,000, and Goldberg said the cost was paid for Arizona State Parks & Trails. It consists of a camp host site, restrooms, and a one-and-a half acre staging area. The staging area will serve as a place for those setting out on the Arizona Peace Trail or any of the other trails through the desert around Quartzsite.
The new staging area is located on Quail Trial, just north of Quartzsite Town Hall. It’s between the Quartzsite Justice Court and the town’s water well. To access the site, make a turn left off Plymouth Road if you’re coming for the north.
The Arizona Peace Trail is a 675-mile off-road loop that links Yuma and Bullhead City. It’s helping to promote tourism in Yuma, La Paz and Mohave Counties.
The driving force behind the Peace Trail and its founder and current president, J.C. Sanders. He is a former president of the Bouse Ghost Riders.
The Arizona Peace Trail grew out of efforts started in July 2013 from the Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Game & Fish Department to create a connector trail between Bullhead City and Yuma. This grew out of the many miles of dirt roads, old mining roads and other trails in western Arizona and the growth of motorized off-road recreation in the area.
At the same time the Quartzsite-based Arizona Sunriders OHV Club and the Bouse Ghost Riders were working with BLM, Arizona Game & Fish, and La Paz County to improve off-road recreation to attract more winter visitors to their areas.
In fall of 2013, the Bouse Ghost Riders heard of the BLM and Game & Fish’s plans for a connector trail, and they also knew of the Sun Riders’ efforts. They saw a chance to combine these multiple efforts into a single trail system. They began contacting other off-road clubs in western Arizona seeking their support.
A total of 14 clubs eventually signed on. With the support of BLM, Game & Fish, and Yuma, La Paz and Mohave Counties, Arizona Peace Trail, Inc. was formed. It gained official non-profit status in July 2015.
The Trail non-profit is overseen by a board of directors. The current chairperson of the board is La Paz County District 3 Supervisor Holly Irwin.
Nearly all of the trail is now open and has been marked. The trail is in its final stages of approval. It has already drawn off-road enthusiasts from around the world.
To find out more about the Arizona Peace Trail, go to their website, arizonapeacetrail.org.