Off-Highway Vehicle recreation contributes $4.25 billion annually to Arizona's economy. More than half of this amount, $2.2 billion, comes through direct expenditures for motorized vehicles, tow trailers, related equipment, accessories and insurance and maintenance costs. An additional $842.3 million comes from recreational trip expenditures for food, gasoline, lodging and other items.
Reports prepared by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, Northern Arizona University, 2002 and Arizona State Parks, 2003.
Economic Importance of OHV Recreation to Arizona Counties:
Santa Cruz County
This planning document details the results of extensive surveys of Arizonans’ thoughts, preferences and priorities regarding trails and OHV routes. Throughout the year 2008, staff at Arizona State Parks and faculty at Arizona State University partnered to solicit information from more than 5,500 Arizonans about what types of motorized or non-motorized trails they use, how often they use trails, what they like or don’t like about trails, and what trail managers should focus their time and dollars on to make the trail experience better. The questions were asked via telephone, online (Internet), mail, at public meetings and open forums, and in the field at trailheads. The survey and workshop results can be found throughout this document and in the appendices. They form the foundation for the priority recommendations and actions that are at the heart of the Plan. These priority recommendations will be used to develop grant rating criteria and distribute funds from the Arizona Trails Heritage Fund, Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program.
This Plan includes both motorized and non-motorized trail information, public involvement results and recommendations for future actions regarding trails in Arizona. This Plan, which supercedes the Arizona Trails 2005 Plan, was prepared by Arizona State Parks as required by state legislation (off-highway vehicle recreation plan, A.R.S. § 41-511.04 (20) and trails plan § 41-511.22).
State Parks has completed the “2008 Update” to the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which will serve as Arizona’s outdoor recreation policy plan for the next five years. This SCORP update includes newly-researched chapters on Arizona’s outdoor recreation situation, trends, and influences. Special sections include the benefits of parks and recreation, outdoor recreation and tourism, wildlife-related recreation and reports on trails, off-highway vehicles, boating, and historic preservation.
A large part of the 2008 SCORP Update features the results of a telephone survey of Arizona households and an online survey of Arizona’s parks and recreation providers and land managing agencies conducted in 2006 by Arizona State University. Also included are the current priority outdoor recreation issues for Arizona and the revised grant rating criteria to the Local, Regional and State Parks Heritage Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant programs.The 2013 SCORP is available for download.
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council – Hundreds of Publications
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council site lists citations of books, book chapters, project reports, brochures, and journal articles on Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) use and management with abstracts and full text documents for most citations. Visit the NOHVCC website for more information.