History & Future


Off-road motorcycling is very family oriented. It’s a valuable and rewarding sport. A dirt bike is not much good without places to ride it and sadly, there are organizations and public officials who would ban riding all ORVs on public land if left unchallenged. The NMA has been instrumental in establishing and formalizing ORV opportunities and funding in Washington State since 1973.

Yet, not all battles are won. Areas in Cle Elum and other high mountain trails in the Okanagon-Wenatchee National Forest can no longer be enjoyed by riders as thousands did many years ago. Total closures have banned riding at Harts Lake and Sultan Basin, along with Tiger and Cougar Mountains. Almost continually, prime multi-use trails on DNR and National Forests here in Washington are subjected to the anti-ORV agendas of many special interest groups.

By joining the NMA you help ensure the rights of off-road motorcyclists. 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.

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.


  • To protect and increase funding available for our trails and to ensure funds are wisely spent
  • To maintain constructive, positive, and cooperative relationships with all land managers
  • To educate trail users on etiquette, maintenance, and appropriated usage of the resources
  • To coordinate volunteer efforts to preserve our sport and perform on-the-ground trail maintenance
  • To monitor and work with our elected representatives; local, state, and federal to ensure proper focus on our mission
  • To serve as an umbrella organization coordinating the activies of dozens of state wide ORV clubs
  • To work together for the common good with other trail us


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.

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