History & Future

Celebrating 50 years of the NMA!

The Association has been a strong advocate for off-road motorcycling in Washington State since 1973.  We are proud of our accomplishments, our members and the partnerships created over the course of our first 50 years.  Watch this space for an upcoming 50th anniversary special publication.


Off-road motorcycling is a valuable and rewarding family oriented activity. However, a dirt bike is not much good without legal places to ride it. Sadly, there are organizations and public officials who, if left unchallenged,  would ban riding all ORVs on public land. Since 1973, the NMA has been instrumental in establishing and fostering legal, safe, sustainalbe and enjoyable ORV opportunities and securing funding in Washington State.

By joining the NMA you help ensure the rights of off-road motorcyclists today and into the future. Your membership directly translates to “the voice of the ORV community” because your NMA representatives lobby for our interests during legislative sessions in Olympia, public land planning sessions, grant funding committees, focus groups and elsewhere. Your support strengthens and unites the ORV community in Washington State.

Our Crest

The NMA crest was created as a symbol to represent the NMA’s involvement motorcycling in Washington state. We are active in the State Capitol, the mountains, and the lowland forest.


  • Make Washington State the best place to ride for all
  • Protect and increase funding available for our trails and to ensure funds are wisely spent
  • Build and maintain constructive, positive, and cooperative relationships with all land managers
  • Educate trail users on etiquette, maintenance, and appropriated usage of the resources
  • Support the principles of TreadLightly and Recreate Responsibly
  • Coordinate and support volunteer efforts to preserve our sport and perform on-the-ground trail maintenance
  • Monitor and work with our elected representatives at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure proper focus on our mission
  • Serve as an umbrella organization coordinating the activies of NMA Charter Clubs
  • Work together for the common good with other trail users


The Background Behind the Emblem

The NMA emblem was created as a symbol to represent the NMA’s interest in motorcycling in Washington state.

The tree and mountain represent the beauty and variety of scenery in Washington. We’re blessed to be around such beauty, and to access it from some of the available off-road recreation trails.

The domed capitol building is in Olympia Washington. It represents the interest, action and dedication the NMA has in legislation and land use issues that affect NMA members and outdoor recreation opportunities in Washington.

Of course, the motorcycle represents the great sport of off-road motorcycling.

When you see this symbol, you can be reminded of the outstanding organization behind the NMA and its dedication to the preservation of off-road motorcycling in the Northwest.

The NMA is dedicated to the preservation of off-road motorcycling.

Become a NMA Member

Don't worry about what time of year it is. NMA memberships expire at the end of your membership term - on the anniversary date. For example, if you're paying for a membership in July your renewal will come due in July the following year.

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