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Keeping motors of trails an excellent idea

Letter from Paul Brown

Motorized Recreation – September 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine


I wholly concur with Hal Walter’s desire to keep motors off our National Forest trails. I have never understood how anyone could derive pleasure from screaming up a trail under a noxious cloud of gas and the roar of an engine. The riders don’t even look at the scenery.

I have had similar bad experiences with encounters between pack stock and motorheads. I lost the use of a pack llama for one season after a motorcycle screamed around a corner on the Rainbow Trail and spooked the llama, causing him to buck his saddle off. The saddle cut a deep gash into the animal’s right rear leg, rendering him lame for the season.

By the way, the same sentiment extends to banning snowmobiles.

Paul Brown