The Narrows

The Narrows & Secret Pass Spring

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

John put together a great string of trails for our Wednesday run. Since Dan & Debi had to get back to Pahrump, our assembly for the day consisted of 6 Jeep Wranglers with John & Mike leading, followed by Jim, Gary & Sherrie, Dave & Judy, Doug & Donna and myself as Sandi and Kerry went shopping. We met once again at the Maverik station for our 9:00 AM Driver’s Meeting. Just about a mile or so South on Bullhead Parkway, we turned East, aired down and then proceeded towards the Narrows.

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Katherine Mine run

Katherine Mine & Sleeping Princess

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

After Sandi, Kerri and I had a great buffet breakfast, the Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers attending the 2019 Laughlin run met at the Maverik gas station on Bullhead Parkway in Bullhead City AZ at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Arizona is on Mountain Time, but for simplicity, all our events were scheduled using Pacific Time. Our Tuesday run participants were very similar to the Monday run Jeep occupants, with Gary & Sherrie joining us. Debi decided not to come, so Mike rode with Dan and John lead the run by himself, so there were seven Jeep Wranglers total.

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Ron Vance

Long-time wheeler Ron Vance passes away

Dayton resident and long-time 4-wheeler Ron Vance earned his wings in the early morning of February 3, 2019. Ron passed away while in hospice care at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV. Ron’s wife Carole is the vice president of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association.

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Mojave Road

Mojave Road

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

Our original plan, was to run the Western section of the Mojave Road from Afton Canyon, across Soda Dry lake to Traveler’s Monument and exit at Kelbaker Road on Saturday, February 2nd, but it was canceled due to the chance there was a possibility that it might rain. On Monday, February 11th, at 7:00 AM, we met in Smith’s parking lot for a chilly Driver’s Meeting and began our journey to run the Easternmost section of the Mojave Road from Cima Road to Laughlin.

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Sterling Mine District Pre-Run

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

We started our drivers meeting during Sunday breakfast at Mom’s when they opened at 6:00. When we had finished eating, the two Jeeps with myself in one and Rick & Mary in the other headed North on the 160 almost to Crystal Road. From there, we took a trail East to the vicinity of Butch Cassidy Pass. After a stop to look at the rock Graffiti, apparently left by the Petroglyph tribe, we aired down out of the wind and took a side trip to Johnnie Mine.

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Crankshaft Junction

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

Four of us met in the Smith’s parking lot at 7:00 AM, me, Jeremy, Brian and Ed. We would catch up to Jim at Eddie’s World in Beatty. After topping off our fuel tanks and turning in some rental coffee, we were back on the 95 North. About 5 miles past Scotty’s Junction, we turned West on Cat Trail and stopped to air down. Traveling West through Hell’s Gate, we paused at the microwave towers for the panoramic view and to take a breather.

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N4WDA responds to Fallon Naval Air Station expansion

I would like to let the N4WDA membership and others to know the content of the response letter to the US Navy regarding the withdrawal of public lands for expansion of the Fallon Naval Air Station weapons practice ranges. Many of our members recreate on these lands and will lose access to trails and historical sites.

See the link below to download the full text of the letter.

Down the Waterfall

Story & Photos by Denis & Sandi Inman

Sunday, January 20th, we had a quick Driver’s Meeting at the Horizon Market at 7:50 AM and then our procession of 5 Jeep Wranglers and a Suzuki Samurai headed for Longstreet Inn Casino & RV Resort for a nature break. Moving on, we arrived at Martell Market in Amargosa Valley to air down and for a last facilities stop before entering the wilderness. Participating in our adventure were myself, Jeremy, Steve & Mary (& dogs), Don, Dave, and with Gary & Sherry taking the Tail Gunner’s position.

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Land Use Update – December 2018

Washoe County Lands Bill

According to Jamie Rodriguez, the Washoe County Management Analyst for Government Affairs(the coordinator), at the Nevada Mining and Exploration Coalition (NMEC) Annual Meeting, held September 9th at the Atlantis in Reno, the County is in the process of getting ready for another round of trying to create this lands bill.

At the meetings, held by Washoe County, on April 16th and 17th at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, it was very apparent that there was little support by the public for this bill which has two contentious components:

  • The Economic Component: This component is overwhelmingly opposed by the public who wish to keep growth at a minimum since growth greatly affects their lifestyle, the reason that they chose to live where they do. Concerns include loss of access to public lands for hiking, horseback, OHV, etc. Other concerns are traffic, public infrastructure (water, sewer, etc.), viewshed, etc.
  • The Wilderness Component: As of the last time we heard, the acreage of Wilderness to be created by the bill had been reduced from approximately 700,000 acres to 175,063 acres, which we worked hard to achieve and which raises the ire of the preservationist community (note that I refer to them as preservationists, not environmentalists, because we are the real environmentalists) who want to include a whole lot more “W” acreage in this bill.
As of today, we have no timetable for the release of new Wilderness maps by the county but continue to participate in coalitions with other stakeholder groups such as the mining industry, mineral exploration groups, the Nevada Farm Bureau, the Nevada Cattleman’s Association, sportsman’s organizations, many OHV user groups, as well as other interests.

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Membership Update – December 2018

I apologize for the lateness of this message… I’ve been very busy with N4WDA and personal projects and just didn’t take the time to write a timely message.

First, we would like to wish all our members a very Happy Holiday Season.

Sadly, we lost former Board of Directors member and Advisor to N4WDA, Craig McAllister, in late summer after suffering a long bout with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We wish to express our sorrow to the McAllister family. Craig will also be missed by the N4WDA family. Craig was a long-time member of the Hills Angels 4 Wheel Drive Club in the Reno/Sparks area and we wish to thank the Hills Angels for the donation to N4WDA in his memory.

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We hope you all have had a chance to visit our website, www.n4wda.org. Suzy Johnson is our new webmaster and she has created an all new website for us. Carole Vance, N4WDAVice President, will be working with Suzy to help keep the website current. If you have an upcoming event or other announcement that you would like placed on the N4WDA website, please send it to Carole at Vance63@charter.net and she will coordinate with Suzy to get it done.

Current Issues:

  • Association Board of Directors – HELP! Our Board of Directors is down to four active members(we can have up to seven members per our incorporation papers) and we need help in ensuring the future of N4WDA. If you have an interest in keeping Nevada’s public lands open for access for our and future generations, consider joining our Board. We meet 3 or 4 times per year at dates selected to have little interference with other commitments for our BoD members (our next meeting is Wednesday, March 13th  at 9:00AM in Dayton,). If you like participating in the organization of events, etc., perhaps you might have interest. If you do have interest in joining our BoD, contact me, Larry Calkins, at nv4wda@charter.net or call me at 775-246-3212.
  • Association Sponsorship – N4WDA is proud to announce that we have reached agreement with our first association sponsor, Extreme Terrain(XT). XT has a line of accessories, lift kits and other items for Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Check them out at www.extremeterrain.com.
  • 3rd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – On September 15th we held our 3rd Poker Run that originated and ended at the Mark Twain Community Center, in Dayton. We had a turnout of about 40 entrants, that consisted of about a 50/50 mix of Jeeps,trucks, etc. and ATVs/UTVs. Also, for the 3rd time, we incurred no problems with mixing these vehicle types.

    Nine days before the event, BLM called and informed us that the county and other public rights of way that we intended to use are considered to be BLM lands and require a Special Use Permit, which would take at least 180 days to obtain. We scrambled and hurriedly redesigned a route that used public and private roads staying off BLM property (I personally consider BLM property to be OUR property and we simply pay, through our taxes, the agency to manage or administrate these lands.)

    We had a great hamburger and hot dog meal back at the Mark Twain Community Center followed by a kid’s raffle and the main raffle, which had a great array of prizes that were donated by manufacturers of OHV products, retailers and local merchants that support us, and a won by those buying tickets for the raffle. We wish to thank the donors as well as the ticket holders.

    Thanks to N4WDA members (and especially the Komstock Krawlerz who turned out in great numbers for the event) the poker run event came off perfectly. Several participants wrote emails thanking us for a fun-filled event and wanting to be at next year’s 4th Annual Silver State Poker Run.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 15-17, 2019 – California 4WD Association 60th Annual Convention, Marriott Hotel, Rancho Cordova, CA.
  • March 14-17, 2019 – Off Road Expo, Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV.
  • April 27, 2019 – 5th Annual N4WDA Swap Meet, location to be determined.
  • August 8-11, 2019 – California 4WD Association’s Sierra Trek, Meadow Lake, northwest of Truckee, CA.
  • September 14, 2019 – 4th Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run, Dayton, NV.

N4WDA Fall 2018 Swap Meet – October 13th

The swap starts at 8am and runs ‘til 1pm.   The FREE spaces are available on a first come first served basis, two parking spots max per person.   Free coffee and doughnuts to start your day.   Hot dogs, chips and water available later for lunch with a donation to the N4WDA.   The RTI ramp and rock pile will be open for testing your rig.   4-Wheel Parts outlet will be open as usual.   So come on over and sell, trade or buy your automotive treasures.

Help Needed!!!

We are in need of more help from you, the membership in putting on our N4WDA events. The same members from the same clubs have been providing the manpower and we don’t want to lose them from burn-out. We need fresh blood!!! Particularly, we need someone (or group) to step up and do the cooking (hamburgers and hot dogs) for the Fall Swap Meet, Saturday, October 13th at 4 Wheel Parts in Sparks, NV. The Association will provide the food and drinks as well as the needed equipment (grill, tables, EZ-Up, etc.), all we’re asking is for some one to flip burgers on the grill. If you can help, email Doug Barr @ dougbarr@charter.net or me at nv4wda@charter.net. Additionally, we can use help with our membership booth and/or committee help at these events:
  • Ultra 4 World Championships – October 19 & 20 at Wild West Motorsports Park, Mustang, NV
  • Off Road Expo – March 14-17, 2019 at Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV
  • N4WDA 5th Annual Spring Swap Meet – Time and place to be determined
  • 4th Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Time and place to be determined
Working at our events is a FUN way to spend some time with your buddies and meet new friends with the same interest as yours. No one is overworked and you get to participate in or watch the event taking place – and the admission is Free! Larry Calkins

3rd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Sept 15, 2018

This event is open to the public for all 4 wheel drive vehicles (Jeeps, trucks, side-by-sides & ATVs) and will be held on trails in the Dayton area.  The event will start at 8:30 AM on Saturday 9/15 and will take 2-3 hours to complete. We recommend a minimum of 32” tires on street-legal OHVs. There will be a Hamburgers & Hotdogs (with all the trimmings) meal served when participants arrive back at the start/finish line. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded for the three best poker hands ($100, $50 and $25). There will also be a GREAT RAFFLE to conclude the event. For further information contact Carole Vance at 775-246-4099 or vance63@charter.net

Prison Hill OHV Area Open House Meeting – May 2, 2018

N4WDA has been involved in the planning for the development of the Prison Hill OHV Area, located within Carson City, NV, since November, 2016. Carson City Recreation & Open Space has applied for and received a grant from the Nevada Commission on Off Highway Vehicles (NCOHV) for the development of a management plan. Carson City has selected the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) to be the contractor for this development of the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan. The following is an invitation to attend an open house and participate in the planning for this Management Plan. Prison Hill Recreation Area: OHV Management Plan Project Please join us for an Open House and discussion on the development of the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the project, offer feedback, and provide comments as we create a plan tailored for the OHV Community and the residents of Carson City. Where: Carson City Community Center 851 E. William Street Carson City, NV 89701 Time: 6:00pm. When: Monday, May 21st, 2018: OPEN HOUSE for the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan.  All are encouraged to attend this meeting.  We are extending the invitation to the OHV Community, Residents, Adjacent Landowners, Businesses, and anyone interested in learning about the project.  We will be recording input and taking comments during this meeting. (Ponderosa Room). Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Mgt. Plan Working Group – Our objective is to form a working group with one to two representatives from the landowners, PNMTA, 4×4, rock crawlers – etc, business, Carson City, and the NV Commission.  (Bonanza Room). If you have any questions, please contact Marc Hildesheim, NOHVCC Project Manager, marc@nohvcc.org

2nd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Sept 16, 2017

Where? Dayton, Nevada (12 miles east of Carson City on US 50). When? Saturday, September 16th at 8:30 AM. What? The Silver State Poker Run is an off road fun event open to all types of 4 wheel drive vehicles. How much? A $40 registration includes driver meal, one poker hand, a dash plaque and one raffle ticket. Passenger meals extra poker hands and raffle tickets are available at extra cost. How? Call Carole Vance, Registration Chairperson at 775-246-4099 or email at vance63@charter.net. She will send a packet with all necessary information and a registration form. Deadline for registration is September 5th. Come join us for a fun day and meet new folks. The proceeds help the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association keep access to Nevada’s public lands for us and future generations. A dogs, burgers, beans, salads and refreshments meal is included and a super raffle follows. Poker Run Registration Form 2017
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