The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- SPRING 1999

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Introducing the New "Off-Highway Video Magazine"

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Inc. is proud to announce the creation of a quarterly video magazine that is truly 'by the people and for the people.' It will make its debut this summer with stories about the 1998 International Powersports Dealers Expo, North Carolina's Work and Ride Program, the Rubicon Trail in California and much more! The program is hosted by leading OHV athletes who will guide you through adventures captured in tape by OHV enthusiasts from across the country. For information on how you can subscribe, contact the NOHVCC Home Office at (800) 348-6487 or send e-mail to

Hiking on O'ahu: The Official Guide

Though Hawaii's trails are beautiful, they also can by treacherous. Several times per year emergency efforts must be organized to rescue inexperienced or unprepared hikers. In an effort to prevent hiking accidents, the Oahu Mountain Trails Task Force has produced a brochure offering helpful information on Oahu hiking. Copies are available from the City of Honolulu: (808) 527-5713.

Minnesota Guide to Universal Access in the Outdoors: An Internet Guidebook

This recent publication, published by Wilderness Inquiry, provides people with useful information about Minnesota's recreation areas, so they can make informed choices about where and how to recreate. The Guidebook also helps designers create facilities and trails that respect the integrity of the natural environment without erecting additional barriers. For more information on this Guidebook or on Wilderness Inquiry, contact Mike Passo at Wilderness Inquiry, Inc., 1313 Fifth St. SE, Box 84, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (800) 728-0719.

Tucson Hiking Guide

In this completely revised, second edition of Betty Leavengood's classic, readers will find new and up-to-date information for hiking trails in the Tucson, Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rita mountains. Thirty-four hikes, grouped by mountain range, are rated from easy to difficult. The revised text covers new routes and trailheads to existing trails as well as recently developed trails. The guide also includes information on precautions for hiking in the desert southwest. 200 pages, 34 maps, 32 elevation charts, 30 photos, $14.95. Published by Pruett Publishing Company. For more information: (800) 247-8224.

Everyday Wisdom: 1001 Expert Tips for Hikers

With the expert advise of "Backpacker" contributing editor Karen Berger, hikers will learn how to prepare for the predictable, avoid problems and improvise when they need to. These seemingly small tricks will enable even experienced backpackers to make big strides in increasing their comfort, safety, preparation, and improvisational skills. $16.95. Published by The Mountaineers. For information or a Free Catalog: (800) 553-4453.

Paiute ATV Trail System

This recent publication, written by Darlene and Robert Uzelac, can really help visitors make the most of their ATV vacation in scenic south central Utah. $12.95.For information, contact the Uzelacs at: P.O. Box 555, American Fork, Utah 84003.

Big Rivers Regional Trail Residential Survey

In the Fall of 1997, Tom Berry conducted a residential survey for the Big Rivers Regional Trail (BRRT), along the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. This residential survey looks at resident and property owner perceptions along the BRRT in the cities of Lilydale, Mendota, and Mendota Heights, which are within the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The survey covers a variety of topics: property values, quality of life issues, potential problems, etc. For more information, contact Tom Berry at: 14955 Galaxie Avenue W., Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124 or send e-mail to

A New Report on a Study of Trail Uses on the Iron Horse Regional Trail

The Iron Horse Regional Trail is one of the most significant rail-trails in the country. Once complete, the trail will provide a 35-mile north-south stretch of greenway through two counties, serving as a transportation route and offering a recreation opportunity for the region. Eventually, it will also connect with a rail corridor to the south and run another 18 miles east. The Park District recently completed the "Iron Horse Regional Trail: Trail Use Study, Summer 1997." Published by the East Bay Regional Park District. For more information, contact Kathleen Keilch, Design Department, East Bay Regional Park District, P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, California 94605.

Wilderness Inquiry's 1998 Scheduled Adventures

Since 1978, the Wilderness Inquiry has served over 40,000 people of all abilities on trips throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. This year's "Share the Adventure! 1998 Schedule" includes events where you step out of your normal routine and enter a world where time is measured by the sun and movement governed by wind and weather. In addition to having fun, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including the history and ecology of the areas you travel. The schedule is available in large print, braille, or audio cassette for those with visual impairments. For more information: (800) 728-0719 or

Outdoor Recreation in American Life: A National Assessment of Demand and Supply Trends

This publication is the United State's only ongoing comprehensive assessment of the trends, current situation, and likely futures of outdoor recreation demand and supply. New and different aspects of national demand, resemblances to the past, and trends in the supply of outdoor recreation opportunities are examined. $44.95. Published by Sagamore Publishing. For more information: (800) 327-5557 or

1998/1999 Equine Media and Marketing Directory

If it pertains to the media and marketing segments of the horse industry, you will find it here. Publications are the heart of the Directory, but not the only thing covered. There will be listings of photographers, videographers, writers, illustrators and graphic designers. It will also list such important media and marketing sectors as Web site design and hosting services; tv shows, radio programs; advertising agencies; marketing and public relations firms, press officers; consumer and trade shows; major competitions; meetings, seminars and conferences; show and event organizers; sponsorship coordinators; corporate sponsors; direct mail marketers and manufacturers of promotional items. $59 plus $10 S&H. Will be available in the Fall. For more information: (610) 444-7554 or send e-mail to

America Outdoors 1998 Outfitters Directory & Vacation Guide

This publication represents a consolidated effort of the finest outfitters across North America (and beyond!). It is designed to provide information about recreation and relaxation opportunities in the great outdoors. America Outdoors is a non-profit association created by professional outfitters to further the public's interest in responsible and enjoyable use of our nation's natural splendors. For more information: (423) 558-3595 or

The Economic Impacts and Uses of Long-Distance Trails

The United States Department of the Interior recently released a report by Dr. Roger Moore and his colleague at North Carolina University, Kelly Barthlow. This collaborative venture with the National Park Service for the first time provides a replicable method to measure the economic impacts of long-distance tour routes and trails. For more information: National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington D.C. 20013-7127.

On the Arizona Trail: A Guide for Hikers, Cyclists & Equestrians

This first guide to the Arizona Trail is written with all trail users in mind: hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and those travelling with pack animals. It includes clear, precise trail descriptions of completed Passages as well as useful overviews of Passages nearing completion. The guide, written by Kelly Tighe and Susan Moran, features 19 visual-reference maps and elevation profiles and includes detailed information on a variety of topics. $19.95. Published by Pruett Publishing. For more information: (800) 247-8224.

Southern Arizona Trails Resource Guide: A Reference for Hikers, Mountain Bicyclists, Equestrians and OHV Enthusiasts

This guide by John Dell and Steve Anderson, provides non-motorized and motorized trail users alike with information about where southern Arizona's extensive inventory of trails can be found, which areas are open to which uses, and how to contact the jurisdictions that manage them for additional information about conditions and permit requirements. In addition, the guide includes a wide range of helpful trails-related information, trail etiquette and safety tips, background on major trail projects and programs, and a large bibliography of maps and trails publications. $8.95. Published by Pima Trails Association. For more information, contact John Dell at 2781 W. Carnation Place, Tucson, Arizona 85745, Fax: (520) 743-2064.

New book for "The Barefoot Hiker

Richard Frazine, in this recent publication, encourages readers to free their feet as well as their minds. Frazine, who lives in Connecticut, has been hiking unshod for over 20 years even through sleet and snow. Frazine includes tips for hiking in snow, dealing with thorns and tells you what to wear and carry above your naked feet. 98 pages, $7.95. (excerpt from "High Country News", Feb. 16, 1998 by Sara Phillips) Published by Ten Speed Press. For more information: (800) 841-2665.

WWilderness Inquiry has accepted the challenge of informing the public about accessibility expectations throughout Minnesota's recreation areas. Survey crews collect information on outdoor elements such as trails, playgrounds, parking lots, fishing stations, campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and access routes to these elements. Fifty park survey reports are included in this internet consumer guidebook. For more information:!

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