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The idea for Stay The Trail Colorado was born in 2003 when a small group of off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts decided a new approach to land management issues was needed in Colorado. This new approach was to educate the public on responsible OHV use and to develop a sense of stewardship for our public lands among OHV enthusiasts. Since our first brochure was published in 2005, the program has grown into a resource that both the public and the land management agencies can count on to educate the public and protect our natural resources in Colorado.
Our mission is to reinforce and highlight responsible OHV use, and to modify and mitigate irresponsible use in an effort to minimize resource damage on public land. Our goal is to create a statewide culture of responsible OHV use which will continue beyond the life of the project, effectively creating a stewardship ethic among all Colorado OHV recreationists.
To accomplish our mission, Stay The Trail offers educational services and materials to land management agencies, OHV and OHV accessory dealers, educational and community institutions, and the general public. Our services include trailhead and event staffing, as well as classroom, conference, and meeting presentations. Our available materials include brochures, videos, a website, and a Colorado OHV opportunities map with information on over 85 OHV opportunities within the state.
Our traveling educational trailers are cornerstones of the Stay The Trail program. They can be found at numerous trailheads, trade shows, and dealer open houses during summers in Colorado. The trailers are self-contained traveling educational resources full of information, brochures, posters, and videos on responsible use of public lands.
For smaller venues and events, club meetings, trade show booths, or conferences, we can leave the trailer behind and send a staff member to make a presentation or be on-hand at your event or meeting to answer questions about OHV use on public lands.
We also have various materials such as posters, brochures, an OHV opportunities map, and videos available for distribution by land management agencies, OHV clubs, OHV and OHV accessory dealers, four-wheel drive vehicle dealers, tourist information centers, etc..
To request any of these services or materials, please visit our outreach page.
Stay The Trail is a program of the Responsible Recreation Foundation. The program’s steering committee includes Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), and representatives of other motorized and non-motorized user groups. The Responsible Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Donations are tax deductable to the extent allowed by law.
Stay The Trail Colorado is primarily funded by grants from the OHV registration program managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Additional funding has been provided thanks to the following companies and organizations:
The following companies and organizations have donated needed equipment and supplies:
Members of the press needing immediate additional information on Stay The Trail, the Responsible Recreation Foundation, or one of our partner agencies are encouraged to visit our press room.