How in the world do you think trails became trails. Did the BLM open them up? I hope your not waiting to see that happen. You don't have to tear the hell out of the environment climbing up a rock waterfall. Cutting up dirt hills is another thing all together. Have you seen what the guys who "don't need no stinking lockers" have done to the side of Scorpian by climbing up thru the dirt on the right side? Just my opinion.
After a nice long discussion with one the environmental activists group here in AZ, they said that they would be happy, and I quote, "if there were no new trails created starting today". With the abundance of trails in this state, at all levels with or without lockers, we have it pretty damn good here. I personally would be very satisfied with running only the known existing trails for the tradeoff of keeping them open while making the environmentalists happy. That's not a bad compromise if you ask me!
Yes, it is OUR land but we are not the ONLY people using it. There are others who like to recreate (including myself), other than wheeling, and they should be allowed to enjoy it just as we do. Look at Moab. That is a place where some of the best wheeling and mountain biking are in the US. There is a balance and respect for each activity there. If the state of Utah can figure it out, then there's no reason AZ can't.
Another great example it the Rubicon. When I was there last year I spent 3 days hiking and 2 days rock climbing in the area as well as 3 days wheeling the 'Con. When I was hiking & climbing it was nice to get away into the wilderness and away from civilization...until I saw some jackass with his kid on dirt bikes on our hiking trail where there were clearly signs posted "no motorized vehicles". Being the outspoken person I am, and doing my part to help keep trails open, I had to go out of my way to catch him & say something. To my surprise he was not an A-hole who didn't give a sh*t and just blazed wherever. He had a map that was 2 years old that said that that trail was "open" to dirt bikes and they only had enough gas to get out that way. He was very apologetic and understood that what he was doing was wrong, but this was a special case...and I agreed.
The point is this: we have a lot of great trails to run here in the southwestern United States that are under constant scrutiny. It's up to each and every one of us to stand together as RESPONSIBLE off-roaders and tread lightly only on existing trails and call out those who don't. We need to "share" the land just as others "share" it with us. I for one do not want to see any of my favorite recreations go away because of the carelessness of others.
Just remember...we got it pretty good as it stands right now. Let's not push our luck.