How To: Keep Trails Open

Our riding areas are in serious danger.

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Often, we take for granted the areas we get to ride our dual sports and dirt bikes. It's easy to get caught up in the moment, and not worry about anything in the world. That's why most of us do it, right?

That is, until the day we say, I can't ride there anymore?

 Garns Mountain, 9,106' elevation, just after a hail storm.

Garns Mountain, 9,106' elevation, just after a hail storm.

From green and rocky mountain tops, to brown and dusty desert valleys, most of our riding areas are public lands. Public. That means anyone can go there and use it for whatever they'd like, right? Wrong.

Through legislation, chosen individuals get to decide what is regulated in these public areas. So, even though each and every one of us is a public land owner, that means there will be areas that we can't ride because someone decided we simply shouldn't be able to.

 Pristine Idaho singletrack.

Pristine Idaho singletrack.

The biggest reason we are losing this battle is because the other side simply has more money than we do. Organizations such as the Sierra Club have an immense amount of funding compared to our trail advocacy groups.

This is why KLiM decided to create the event "Cow Tag".

Knowing we needed to do something big to raise awareness and money in order to help save our riding areas, they made a one-of-a-kind event that is fun for everyone.

 A participant checks the secret number on the back of tag #70.

A participant checks the secret number on the back of tag #70.

Based in probably the greatest riding area we've ever been through, participants go on a hunt to find cow tags hidden all over the mountains. Each one is numbered, and has a secret number written on the back. Riders gather these using a map produced by KLiM with the tag locations, and each tag is worth a certain number of points. Add up all the points you earned that day, and receive that number of raffle tickets which can be used to enter for any prize drawings you want the most.

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This incredibly exciting event brings out hundreds of riders from all over the US, raising an immense amount of money, which is 100% donated to trail advocacy.

 John Summers giving a talk about trail advocacy.

John Summers giving a talk about trail advocacy.

 Mark Kincart handing out hundreds of big prizes.

Mark Kincart handing out hundreds of big prizes.

Big thanks to John Summers and Mark Kincart of KLiM, who put in some major effort into making sure Cow Tag happens, and is as fun as possible.

 John Summers, on a KLiM KTM.

John Summers, on a KLiM KTM.

Want to get involve helping keep trails open? Here's a few links you definitely need to check out:

Riders Unite / Share Trails

Join us at next year's KLiM Cow Tag event! Find info at KLiM.com $85

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