Tread Lightly! Impact Report: Parker 400 Desert Cleanup

Project: Parker 400 Desert Cleanup
Location: Arizona

Description: Parker, Arizona is home to some of the state’s best off-road desert trail riding. On January 6, 2024, the off-roading industry gathered for the inaugural Parker 400 Desert Cleanup with UNLTD Off-Road Racing to leave the desert better than they found it. In total, 100 volunteers cleaned up 24,000 pounds of trash, improving 35 miles of desert.

Volunteers from near and far removed illegally dumped items like tires, vehicle body frames and even a fully intact jet ski from the desert.

Parker hosts many off-road events each year and it is great to see the industry not only giving back to the land they use, but leaving it better than they found it. While this cleanup took place ahead of the Parker 400 race, another final cleanup also took place after the race to ensure minimal impact on this beautiful area.

Thank you to the partners who made this possible:

“This cleanup is a show of respect and a recognition of the ongoing responsibility we have to demonstrate responsible land stewardship. It is vital to preserve access to this amazing desert, not only for our current recreational and racing activities but also for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.”- Josh Martelli UNLTD Off-Road Racing COO

“Whenever we put on a new event, it’s important to us to make a strong first impression with the local community, and showcasing our commitment to cleaning up the desert is a huge part of that. It’s also a great way for us to build momentum going into race week, as we prepare for the Off-Road Festival on Thursday and two days of racing next weekend!”- Matt Martelli UNLTD Off-Road Racing CEO

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