This trail system is an important element in the recreational economy of the Enchanted Circle in general and the Towns of Red River and Questa specifically.
These trails attract riders from all over the state and lure visitors from outside New Mexico as well. Outdoor recreation has a very significant economic impact on the communities in this area. The area has become known for especially good OHV routes, which continues to bring many visitors to the area.
This project is an asset to the NMBDR route because it will essentially add a special attraction for ADV/Dual Sport travelers through New Mexico while on the BDR or the Continental Divide Ride.
With a short one-day diversion, or more, visitors can find another hundred miles or more of spectacular riding, all mapped and ready. This first project is the first step in a connected ADV/Dual Sport route all around the Enchanted Circle, already a well-known and popular area for OHV tourists. This larger system of routes will connect many communities with hundreds of miles of legal roads for legal bikes.
OHV tourism is becoming a big thing in New Mexico, and the outdoor recreation season is longer than in Colorado, even year around in places. This project will attract new visitors to New Mexico, to enjoy outdoor recreation, which in turn helps local communities with economic development, one of the core goals of the BDR mission.