Get your motorbikes running
The Yampa Valley Sportsman’s Rider Club provides a unique opportunity for dirt bike enthusiasts in Northwest Colorado.
The club owns and operates the only public track in the area.
The YVSRC hosts races for the Rocky Mountain Motocross Association several times every summer, and has been voted as the top track in the RMXA series several times.
The high desert terrain in the outlying areas of Craig also makes for excellent riding conditions. One such area is the Sandwash Basin about 50 miles west of Craig. To reach the area, head west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40 toward Maybell for 31 miles. Continue northwest from Maybell on Colorado Highway 318 for 17 miles to reach the southwestern entrance.
More information on the area can be obtained by calling the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Resource Area Office at 826-5000.
Though the area may seem flat, it is filled with streambeds, gullies and washes. A sandwash ravine slices through the western side of the basin and has been described as a miniature Grand Canyon.
The Sandwash Basin is the largest in the state. It covers 160,000 acres of public lands between Vermillion Bluffs and Sevenmile Ridge.
Though no facilities are available in the area, camping is prevalent. People are urged not to camp in the ravines because of possible flash flooding.
In addition to dirt biking, other recreational opportunities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, primitive camping, rock hounding, snowmobiling and seasonal large and small game hunting.
One local motorbike enthusiast has called the large arid area with scenic sagebrush and juniper-covered hills “heaven on earth.”
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