BATTLE MOUNTAIN –Gather your friends and families, load up your all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District Office, along with their partners Newmont Mining Corporation, Marigold Mining Company, Barrick Gold Strike, Great Basin Institute, Nevada State Parks, the Lander County Convention and Tourism Authority, the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Nevada ATV Association and Lander Economic Development Authority to celebrate the grand opening of the Shoshone Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail on Friday, June 17, south of Battle Mountain in Lander County.
The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an ATV trail ride and a barbeque as well as a poker run sponsored by the Search and Rescue. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., the trail ride at 10:30 a.m., and the free barbecue at 1 p.m. Details for the poker run will be posted by Search and Rescue. The festivities will occur at the Red Rock OHV trailhead 25 miles south of Battle Mountain on the east side of State Route 305. Maps to the trailhead are available at the BLM Battle Mountain District Office. To ensure there is enough food for the barbecue an RSVP would be appreciated.
Planning for the trail started seven years ago with the partnering of the BLM and Great Basin Institute. They received a grant from the Nevada State Parks and the rest of the partners were brought on board. Construction on phase one, of a three phase project, started last sprint at what is now called the Red Rock OHV trailhead. About 30 miles of trail are built, with the second 30 miles to be finished by 2012. When all three phases are complete there will be 184 miles of newly constructed trails and existing roads and trails designated as the Shoshone OHV Trail.
“This portion of the trail could not have been accomplished if it had not been for the cooperation and dedication of all the partners in this project,” said Doug Furtado, district manager for the BLM Battle Mountain District Office. “The BLM and the community recognize that OHV riding is an important recreational use of the public lands in central Nevada.”
For further information or to RSVP, please call Todd Neville, outdoor recreation supervisor at 775-635-4166, or stop by the Battle Mountain District Office at 50 Bastian Road in Battle Mountain.