Club does its part to take care of the land and trails |

Club does its part to take care of the land and trails

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” For Don Cutright, four wheeling is a mix between work and play.

Cutright spent Saturday, Sept. 13 with seven other members of the Hi Country 4 Wheelers Club removing an abandoned vehicle from the Adam’s Lake area on the Flat Tops northwest of New Castle.

“We do projects like this quite a bit with the Forest Service,” Cutright said. “There’s probably five or six areas that we concentrate on.”

Cleaning up the backcountry areas they enjoy four wheeling is a chore this group is happy to do.

“It’s all about getting in the mountains and enjoying it,” Cutright said.

Hi Country 4 Wheelers Club president, Alex Crawford, grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. He knows, as good as anyone, the Jeep trails throughout western Colorado’s backcountry, including the Flat Tops. He agreed with Cutright in that cleaning up the backcountry is just part of enjoying them.

“We do it just to keep the roads open so people are able to go four wheeling and enjoy the great outdoors,” Crawford said. “That’s what we loved to do. That’s why we live in western Colorado.”

Crawford said the club has grown to nearly 50 members and has been around for close to 30 years. Typically the club will organize clean-up trips several times during the summer, and have adopted five trails in Garfield County, including Transfer Trail, Bowen Loop, Lead King Loop ” near Marble, Battlement Trail near Battlement Mesa, and Hubbard Trail near Glenwood Springs. They adopted these trails specifically to maintain as a way to help out the Forest Service.

“You’d be amazed at how much trash we pick up at these areas,” Crawford said.

Earlier in the year, members of the club cleaned up The Reservoir area near Rifle, which is a popular dumping spot for people to unload household appliances, according to Crawford. So, he and club members removed two 80-yard Dumpsters of trash, a truck load of tires, three trailer loads of metal which included another complete abandoned vehicle.

“As a club that is the most discouraging part, because we go out and pick up trash every time we’re out,” Crawford said. “Everyone takes trash bags along with them even when we are just going out for a day of fun. The general public may not like us, they think we are all the same and driving where we want and destroying the earth.

There are some like that but I guarantee they don’t belong to a club.”

This club is serious about the work they do and the fun they have. Being in a club makes it that much more fun.

“It gives you a chance to be around others who enjoy the sport,” Crawford said.

“There is a lot of knowledge and camaraderie here. There are a lot of people who’ve been doing this long enough that can help others who want to get into the sport.”

Members like Dee McNenny, who got into four wheeling less than five years ago.

“This is a good group of people,” she said. “They don’t push you to do things you’re not comfortable with. They’re encouraging and just like to have fun.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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