JJ Sanders was favorably received when he detailed the Arizona Peace Trail effort during the January 4 Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting. Sanders is spearheading an elaborate effort to establish a 750 mile loop for off highway vehicle (OHV) travel in western Arizona.
Sanders said the loop would link a mix of trails and roads in Mohave, La Paz and Yuma County. He said it would extend from Yuma to Bullhead City.
“Our long term goal is to develop recreational opportunities here in western Arizona to promote nationwide and promote local government and public involvement in this trail,” Sanders said. “We’ve got to have the whole area pulling for us to make this a long term success.”
Sanders said getting the trail mapped and marked by the end of 2018 is a possibility.
“This is a long term project,” Sanders said. “It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight, but it’s something that will benefit this area for years and years to come.”
Sanders said about 40 Arizona Peace Trail members are working on the project, supported by a dozen or more OHV clubs. Also key, he said, will be support from the BLM, Arizona Game and Fish, ADOT and county supervisors.
“Well sir, I want to say that’s quite an ambitious goal that you’ve got there and it’s very important to western Arizona,” said supervisor Gary Watson. “A great deal of economic activity can be created by this.”
Another endorsement came from supervisor Steve Moss.
“I do think it’s a great project. I believe it will benefit the three counties, Arizona and all of our residents,” Moss told Sanders. “Keep up the good work and let us know if we can do anything for you.”