Letter (Aug. 17): OHVs welecome in the “land of many uses” | AspenTimes.com

Letter (Aug. 17): OHVs welecome in the “land of many uses”



Dear Editor:

Mr. (Paul) Anderson, there are lots of areas in Gunnison County that are nonmotorized and open only to mountain bikes ("Beware the fossil fools," Aug. 5, Commentary, The Aspen Times).

You should have chosen to ride in one of those areas if you didn't want to deal with the off-highway vehicles. There are still millions of acres of wilderness areas in Colorado, as well, if you don't want to hear any off-highway vehicles.

Please, use your head and map if you want to get a better wilderness experience. Colorado is still, and will remain, one of the best places in the country to get outside and enjoy the wilderness. There are lots of different ways to do this.

I am a mountain biker first and a dirt biker second, as are many people in this valley, and for the most part, we all get along. Off-highway-vehicle riders, Jeepers and dirt bikers, among others, need a place to do their thing, and the double-track old mining roads are as good a place as any for them to do that. The reason for the increase in traffic is that motorized users have been pushed out of their normal riding zones by trail closures, pushing them all into a smaller area.

The national forest is the "land of many uses," and motorized usage is and always will be one that our economy of the Gunnison Valley depends on and welcomes. Also remember that motorized users are the only user group that pays for registration tags to the Colorado State Parks system, which helps maintain and keep trails open for all users. Please consider your route planning a little more before you have another "dystopian nightmare."

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Ben Breslauer

President, Gunnison Valley OHV Alliance of Trailriders