Thom Campbell of TC's Toys of Payson and the Rim Country 4 Wheelers group have successfully petitioned BFGoodrich to include Pyeatt Draw as one of its "Outstanding Trails."
In fact, it was chosen as one of the top five runs in the country for 2006.
To celebrate, the Rim Country 4-Wheelers will have 35 to 40 Jeeps meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Bashas' parking lot for a run to show the trail to representatives from BFGoodrich and United Four Wheel Drive.
BFGoodrich Tires, in conjunction with Tread Lightly and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), launched its Outstanding Trails program in April 2006.
The program highlights some of the best off-road trails in the country and is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of these off-road trails and will aid in the effort to keep these trails sustainable.
"Last year, more than 50 million people sought adventure through recreational off-road driving; the sport is exploding in popularity," said Kaz Holley, brand director for BFGoodrich Tires. "Each one of the trails highlighted in this program is amazing, and embodies the very best in off-roading. BFGoodrich tires and these Outstanding Trails are very similar in nature -- both are tough and both are fun to drive on."
The program identified five of North America's best trails. From desolate desert stretches to towering peaks and rolling hillsides, these trails are unique in difficulty and beauty.
After a careful selection process, five of North America's "outstanding" off-road trails were nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following. In addition to Pyeatt Draw, which the program called a scenic and exciting trail, the other top trails are: Black Bear Pass, near Ouray, Colo., a picturesque trail nestled in the San Juan Mountains; Hell's Revenge, with slick sandstone slopes brings adventure to thrill seekers in Moab, Utah; Historic Naches Pass, also known as the Longmire Wagon Train, takes off-road drivers over the Cascade Mountains in Naches, Wash.; and Upper Tellico OHV Area, Trail #4, located in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, near where Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia meet.
Both Tread Lightly and UFWDA are nonprofit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation.
BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest North American trails, and will continue to work with these organizations ensure their sustainability.
As part of the program, which runs from May through October, BFGoodrich Tires will host several events at designated trails to highlight the uniqueness of each location, as well as to educate off-roaders on the responsible use of each trail.
BFGoodrich Tires will also give a grant to a selected off-road club to help with the costs associated with trail's conservation.
Tread Lightly is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Tread Lightly's strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.
The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment. The federal government recognized this by acknowledging Tread Lightly as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles in off-highway settings.
United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) is the world's leading representative of all-brand four wheel-drive enthusiasts.
For more information, visit www.ufwda.org or call (800) 44-UFWDA.
To find the Pyeatt Draw trail: From Payson, take Houston Mesa Road and make a right onto Forest Road 198, drive approximately 5.74 miles and turn right onto FR 1256. From this road you will have two trails from which to choose. The difficult portion of this trail complex is run in the creek bottom of the draw and is rated 4 to 4.5; the easier run is on the road.
The road-rated portion will take you to a number of other trails you can go on (1258 to the 1593 and back onto the 198; continue on the 1602 and end making a left on the FR 433 to return to the Control Road or a right on the FR 433 to make your way back to Hwy 260).
These trails are all part of the group's adopted trails program and the members really try to keep the trails clear of litter and maintained to make the roads passable for fire reasons.