Eldorado Canyon Ride Report

Eldorado Canyon ride report

31 People
23 Machines
60 Miles

We had a bright sunny day with a light breeze and 85 degrees high temperature. We had one member that got a flat tire on his pickup truck while pulling into the parking area so we put on his spare. Another member forgot his keys and couldn’t unlock the rear gate of his trailer. A third member made very quick work of those locks (evidence of his misspent youth) and we were on our way. I’m above naming names but their initials are, in no particular order, BF, RL and MA.

We started with a speedy romp down a 12 mile narrow canyon that dead ended at Oil Can Cove. You couldn’t actually see the water here because the Cottonwood stalks were too thick. After a quick break we went back and then headed north through Jumbo Wash.

We then took a turn down a very narrow canyon that dead ended at Bighorn Cove. We took another break here and Steve Gilla decided to go for a swim.

Back to Jumbo Wash, we headed north again until we got to Willow Beach Marina where we had a nice leisurely lunch with shade and picnic tables and clean facilities for anyone needing them. It was fun watching people enjoy the water, it was clear and smooth as glass. On our way back to the trucks, Lonnie spotted a family of Bighorn Sheep and I think everyone got a look at them.

It was a great ride and the dust wasn’t too bad (at least not up front) and everyone made it back with smiling faces. No hot dogs today because my barbecue burned up at Sand Hollow. I’ll have a new one soon.

Thank to everyone who helped make this ride so enjoyable!   Mike

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MEETING MINUTES – February 2015

Minutes Dunes and Trails 


Meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015


Officers and Chairmen present

President:  Roger Walkemeyer, Vice-President:  John Alicandro

Secretary:  Pennie Edmond, Treasurer: Lynn Ardoin, Membership: Mike Ardoin,

Web Master:  John Edmond,  Store:  John Alicandro,

Trail Master:  Captain Bob, Lonnie Smith   Ticket Master:  Alexandra Edmond


Meeting was held on Thursday, February 12.   The meeting started at 6:58 pm at Memphis Barbecue.


Members Present

36 members, 4 guests


Old Business

Go check out the Blue Ribbon commission.com


Treasurer’s Report

$870.00 from store and dues, and collected 50/50.  $654.02 was spent. $500 was sent to the Blue Ribbon Coalition and $154.02 was spent on other purchases.  A new square card reader was purchased to aid transfer of money.  The balance at the end of January was $4575.48.



We have eighty six families at present. 2 more new member families, William Lever and Bob & Lois Bazar were added


Past Ride Reports

January 10th There was a ride from Primm to Nipton for lunch.  Lunch was good, but took a long time.  This included some mine stops and ran about 60 miles.  No report was made.

January 31  The ride left Armagosa Dunes area and went to Rhyolite Ghost Town (population was around 30,000), then on to Beatty for a very good lunch.  Then we returned to Armagosa via the radio tower and easy back  roads  We went by the ridge that is Yucca Mountain and two volcanic cones.  The ride was about 65 miles.

The ride started with a confrontation between the group and a BLM person.  We were informed that we could not park more than two vehicles together, or ride more than two bikes together without a permit.  We had many more bikes and trucks.  After some discussion, we left the trucks and took off anyway. Further consequences might be coming up.

John Edmond’s bike also broke down on the final road home, but he was taken back to his truck and trailer and we were able to load it on the trailer and drive it home from there.


Future rides

February 14th  Mike Ardoin leader and Rick is tailgunner  The ride is from mile marker 20 in Arizona, over the dam, The temperature is supposed to be 55-85 degrees with light winds.  This will be a faster ride of 25-35 mph.  The area is loose shale and we will picnic by the river bank. Later they will quickly proceed down a graded road.  Bring fuel.

February 28-March 1  Riverside led by RogerWalkemeyer?  Exit at Riverside at Lime Kiln road or exit 120.  You can stay in town at the RV resorts.  This is to be a two day ride.

March 14  Nelson  Riding from the top to the bottom of the mountain.  This will visit the ghost town façade and where helicopter tours stop.


New Business



Meeting closed at 7.34pm