I spoke with the chamber of commerce about two weeks ago and I was told that there will be no changes to current SXS access on designated routes until late September or early October when they hold the hearings. They did say that enforcement has been lax and they will be stepping up enforcement. Curious of where you heard your info. Not doubting you just wonder why I was told conflicting info.In 30 days, OHVs will be banned in town. There is another petition that comes up in 2 weeks to keep allowing access. The town council voted 4-3.
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Lake city is your only viable option. I do want to mention for future reference The Wagon Wheel trail system near Meeker. Meeker is SXS friendly and boast two sections with approx. 250 mile of trails each. Granted this is not high alpine riding but I think it's worth future destination trips. The only thing that sucks about Lake City is you can't get ther from here. No real direct route. Hope you all have a great time.I am planning our 3rd trip to the Alpine Loop this August (we missed last years trip due to pandemic) and this throws a huge wrench into our plans. We specifically rent a house on the OHV route so we don't need to trailer to-from the trails. It also allowed us to fill up with fuel at the local gas station every day or 2. No will we need to trailer to the gas station and the trail heads every day we're there? Will there be adequate parking on trail heads for numerous trucks/trailers? What about those pulling their SXS with RV's or toybox style campers?
Unfortunately it seems the decision was made against the wishes of the town. I too follow the San Juan Mountain group on FB and find that it's usually very informative and friendly. This issue has split the off-road community based on OHV's vs licensed vehicles. Alot of jeepers and yota's saying this is a great move by the city and blaming us for the issues caused by very few people. I will admit that we did see a few people who abused the rules (mostly tricked out RZR's or CanAm's) but for the most part people were very respectful. We have already put a deposit down on our cabin for this year but going forward we'll probably go back to staying on the Lake City side of loop. Less to do in town but if they're more open to the OHV community then thats where I'll spend my $$$.