Last week, we were excited to be present when BFGoodrich Tires announced the winners of the 2018 Outstanding Trails Program at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It’s a great program that supports responsible wheeling by off-road clubs.
Each year, off-roading clubs from across North America nominate trails to receive grants for education and preservation. The four winners were chosen by a panel of off-road journalists, enthusiasts and technical experts for their uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following. Each winning organization will be awarded a $5,000 grant for its nominated trail, with $4,000 of the grant coming from BFGoodrich and $1,000 coming from Jeep Jamboree USA. The grants may be used for maintenance, repair, preservation efforts, signage and education. Now in its 13th year, Outstanding Trails has awarded $180,000 to 48 off-road trails nominated by more than 40 enthusiast clubs.
Last year we were invited to explore one of the winning trails with BFGoodrich, and saw first-hand what an impact that grant money can make in the off-roading community. Responsible wheeling is a concept we can all get behind, and this program makes it easier for off-road enthusiasts to enjoy their passion.
This year’s winning trails are:
- Wild Rose Trail, Valders, Wisconsin
- Elwood Pass, Rio Grande County, Colorado
- North Fork Trail, American Fork Canyon, Utah
- Swamp Lake Trail, Fresno County, California
During the next year, BFGoodrich will participate in club events associated with these trails to highlight responsible trail use. Each of the four trails offer unique technical challenges and unforgettable scenery to off-road drivers.
Following the announcement, BFGoodrich ambassadors took us on a tour of their SEMA booth, and shared their experience and off-roading tips with a group of automotive media who were set to embark on their own trail ride the next day with Trail Trek Tour and Toyota. We utilized those off-roading tips to navigate to the top of Wheeler Pass with Toyota TRD Pro trucks, and will have another feature detailing that adventure in the coming days. If you’re going to learn, learn from the experts. BFGoodrich Tires has 27 SCORE Baja 1000 wins and 70 overall four-wheel SCORE Desert Race Titles. We learned from the best.