Quartzsite, Ariz., took a substantial step forward in their continued mission to build a long-term off-road recreation identity in the region Nov. 14 as the Arizona Parks Board approved $463,269 in State Motorized Funds toward construction of a local Peace Trail staging area.
The Arizona Peace Trail is a monumental project spanning 750-miles, an off-roading loop crossing three counties (La Paz, Mohave, and Yuma) with plans dating as far back as 2011.
Originally filed on behalf of Quartzsite by the town’s Economic Development Manager and leading OHV/ATV (Off-Highway Vehicle/All-Terrain Vehicle) subject matter expert Mark Goldberg, the approved grant came as a welcome update toward a local piece of the massive project.
“The (Quartzite Arizona Peace Trail staging area) site is on 1.6 acres of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land which was previously used as a town well site (long abandoned). The Staging Area features 22 pull-through parking spaces where people can off-load OHV’s to ride La Posa Trails, and the Arizona Peace Trail - both proximate to the site,” stated Goldberg in a press release. “Also included is a camp host site, handicapped restroom, day-use picnic area, night lighting and other features. The funds will be released soon, and bidding/construction can begin.”
As reported at an April 2017 Parks & Recreation meeting, the project to bring the Arizona Peace Trail staging area to Quartzsite was temporarily delayed due to La Paz County’s economic hardships.
“The process began over two years ago, requiring applications, review, and full approval by both the Bureau of Land Management, and State Parks and Trails. Funds are generated by OHV registration and use fees are used to improve off-road experiences and safety,” noted Goldberg.
The site will be located east of the La Paz County Court in Quartzsite, right across the street from Town Hall.