Accord signed for Utah County motocross track

Published: Saturday, Jan. 23 2010 12:54 a.m. MST

PROVO — A motocross facility and trail system is on its way to Utah County.

Utah County commissioners signed an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the state, Payson city and Rocky Mountain ATV last week to put in a motocross track just west of Payson at 10800 South and 6000 West.

Dan Thomas, owner and founder of Rocky Mountain ATV, was one of the main facilitators of the track going in. Thomas' company has committed to bringing in a well-known national track builder to design the facility.

This project, he said, has been in the works for a few years. Right now, environmental-impact and wildlife studies are being conducted. Thomas said officials hope to break ground on the project in July or August.

The track will be about a mile long, with about seven miles of off-road trails. Plans call for the area to be fenced for safety reasons, as well as to allow clubs to rent it out.

Right now, there are trails people have built around the area to ride ATVs on, but Thomas said the new track will be down in a basin by the landfill, where there aren't many residences and where the noise and dust will be suppressed.

Thomas said the long-term goal is to have a 26-mile ATV trail around West Mountain.

— Sara Lenz

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