Arizona Backcountry Explorers is a pro motorized access advocacy group dedicated to promoting adventure and engaging the outdoor community in radical policy decisions that threaten rural Arizona. We are advocates of states’ rights, limited government, and the US Constitution.
Arizona Backcountry Explorers originally started as a Facebook group in 2016 by aspiring writer and photographer Kevin Allard to find new friends to explore the Arizona Backcountry. We have since grown to become one of the most influential leaders in land use issues in Arizona.
We built this operation to engage motorized public land users in policy changes like Travel Management Planning, Resource Management Planning, National Recreation Trails, and other federal designations and decisions over local public lands.
In late 2018 we set our crosshairs on radical environmental policies threatening thousands of miles of Arizona backroads and recreation areas. During this time we played an instrumental part in a collaborative effort to save over 10,000 miles of permanent road closures. We were able to engage over 60,000 people across the country and the issue eventually ended in Washington, DC with congressional nullification of the Bureau Of Land Management Resource Management 2.0.
Our first website AZBackcountryExplorers.com was developed to penetrate the digital world and establish a new approach to pro-motorized access advocacy. By promoting adventure, we have established ourselves among local adventure seekers and have built a passion to preserve motorized access to dispersed campsites, active mining claims, private property, and other important RS 2477 roads. By doing so, our website has become a central hub for land use policy engagement for all of Arizona.
We recognize that federal land managers make public participation in land management policies as inconvenient as possible. With nearly two decades of engaging in land use policy and studying radical ideology, we are able to identify inconsistencies, evaluate data, and put it into a conceivable format for all to see.
Since our website was created, the Arizona people have successfully forced the withdrawal of 7 out of 10 Travel Management Plans on public lands.
Our work has earned us additional opportunities to reach more people on other platforms and has been admired by local political leaders, Universities, pro-access organizations, and several media outlets across the west.
Promote adventure and establish our backroads as an economical source for rural Arizona communities.
Engage our community in policy-making decisions that threaten rural Arizona.
Unit the agriculture, mining, and outdoor recreation communities to shape state and federal policy.
Empower our community and provide the tools to effectively stand guard for traditional Arizona.
We believe that outdoor adventure is the best way enthusiasts can support rural Arizona. By sharing our adventures, we establish our backroads as a vital source of economic support for rural towns across Arizona while building support to protect motorized access. Doing so, we have built alliances with other user groups, leveled the playing field, and helped shape policy on public lands.
Who we are
Simply put, we are a group of ordinary people who call Arizona home. We are offroad enthusiasts, hikers, wildlife photographers, hunters, fishermen, miners, ranchers, private landowners, and loggers who all have one thing in common, a love for traditional Arizona and the western way of life.