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2021 Arizona Great Trails: Free OHV Training Workshops – March 20-21, 2021 in Amado, AZ – Red Spring Trail System

March 20, 2021 - March 21, 2021




Thanks to funding from the Arizona State Parks OHV Decal Program, NOHVCC will be leading an OHV training workshop to educate and benefit the state’s off highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, OHV club members, land managers, and other OHV stakeholders. This training will be focused on the development of sustainable motorized singletrack trails and trail partnerships.

The training is organized by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) and Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) near Amado, AZ on March 20-21.

This two-day training will consist of a classroom style session on March 20th, and a field portion on March 21st.

The classroom session will be held at the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Research Station near Amado, AZ on March 20th.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place from the University of Arizona, participants are required to wear masks during the classroom portion of the training on March 20th when inside the building. If you are unwilling to follow these guidelines, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the workshop. For any questions please email

Directions to the research station are provided below. The classroom portion begins at 9am prompt. Snacks and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Lodging is also available at the research station and consists of bunk rooms for $25/night. Please email NOHVCC Project Manager, Geoff Chain for more information:

The field session will be held at the Red Spring Trailhead near Amado, AZ on March 21st. The trailhead is located approximately four miles down a primitive dirt road. High clearance vehicle is recommended. Directions provided below. Field sessions begin at 9am prompt.

Field sessions will involve walking to various sites on the trail system which is in rugged country. Field exercises will involve mock trail design through cactus and brush littered terrain. Long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy hiking boots are required. As this is a remote desert location and temperatures could be in the upper digits, be sure to bring plenty of water. A minimum of one gallon per person is suggested. NOHVCC will provide some bottled water.



Directions to the Santa Rita Experimental Research Station (Saturday, March 20 meeting site): 

From I-19 Exit 63 take Continental Rd following signs for “Madera Canyon”. Turn right on White House Canyon Rd, continue past milepost 7 to Road 62. Take Road 62 for 0.4 miles to Road 62A. Take 62A for 2.8 miles to Florida Canyon Santa Rita Experimental Research Station.

Directions to the Red Springs Trailhead (Sunday, March 21 meeting site):

Take I-19 south from Tucson. You will pass the towns of Green Valley and Amado. Look for Exit 40, “Chavez Siding Road”, which is just past the Border Patrol Checkpoint which is on the opposite side of the highway. Take the Exit 40 turn off.

Turn right at the stop sign, now you are heading towards the I-19 Frontage Road, West side. At the next stop sign, turn right onto the Frontage Road and go about .3 miles north and turn left onto  dirt road. There is a sign at the entrance to this dirt road, the sign says “Hunter Access”, it’s easy to miss this, so go slow.

You will now be on Forest Service Road #684. Drive on this dirt road for about 4 miles. The staging area will be on your right, after descending into the small valley. Dispersed camping can be had off the side of FSR #684 along the way to the Staging area. Lots of choices. Bring your Arizona State Trust Land Recreation Permit if you decide to camp somewhere before the USFS boundary, which is about 3 miles up FSR #684 from the Frontage Road.

GPS Coordinates for the Red Spring Trail Staging Area: 31.6306280, -111.1019341

If you do not want to drive down the 4 miles of dirt road, there is a parking area .1 of a mile after you turn off the Frontage Road and onto the Forest Service Road #684. It will be on your left. You need an Arizona State Trust Land Recreation Permit to park at this parking area.


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