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Re: The Great Western Trail

Postby dj » Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:50 pm

Some time ago I evidently did the same search as you have just completed and didn't find any more than you did. All the above maps are in the proprietary .pdf format so cannot be used as Google Earth overlays for "tracing" purposed. They must be changed to .jpg format in order to do that which in most cased is prevended by the copy protection aspects of the file - that's why I keep harping at the BLM for using such a crap file format. If I had them in a regular file format I might try doing a map overlay.

We found Utah, Idaho and Wyoming but I never found any trail maps for Arizona or Montana even though the "Great Western" home page clearly shows the "proposed" trail going through those states as well. I noticed that the "Great Western" web site hadn't been updated in years and it gives all appearances that the concept is DEAD. If that's the case, the least they should do is take the site down so we don't get our hopes up.
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The Great Western Trail

Postby HoserRZR » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:47 am

Looking for more info, anybody rode any parts of this trail?

Below is all the info I have found.

The Great Western Trail is a unique corridor of braided and paralleling trails for both motorized and non-motorized users. The trail system traverses 4,455 miles through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. It incorporates stunning desert and canyon landscapes, plateaus, woodlands, dense forests and alpine meadows. It links 18 National Forests, Tribal, State and BLM administered lands and encompasses the most diverse vegetation, topography and wildlife in the western United States.

The Great Western Trail encompasses many of the popular trails throughout the five states. It is unusual in the sense that it provides "something somewhere for everyone." Some segments are non-motorized, some are shared use, while other portions are developed for motorized use.

In 1996, the Great Western Trail was designated Utah's Centennial Trail as part of the Statehood Centennial celebration. In 2000, the GWT was designated one of 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House and the Department of Transportation. The Great Western Trail is currently under study by the U.S. Congress to become part of the National Trails System.

Map of the trail in Utah

Map with the trail and near by communities

Recreation map

Idaho and Wyoming map

How great would it be to ride this one from one end to another, how great would it be if there was a Great Coast To Coast trail system one could ride his ATV from the Atlantic to the Pacific while we are in dream mode how about a North route so it could be rode in the summer months and a South route so it could be rode in the winter months it could be connected North to South on the East coast with the Hatfield McCoy trail system and connected in the West with the Great Western Trail, talk about a epic ride on a epic loop trail system I bet you would have people coming from all over the world to ride that sucker, think of all the money to be made by having a business to service the trail riders right on the trail system, one can dream cant he?
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