ATV Safe Riding Tips
ATV riding has become very popular for work and recreation, backcountry roads and trail systems provide a wide range of recreational opportunities for responsible riding on public lands. These many opportunities range from ATV touring, hiking, hunting, fishing, and other public land uses, such as unconfined vehicle use at designated ATV Open Area Parks". Please take good care of our trails and roadways so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:
- Plan ahead. The weather can change rapidly.
- Carry all necessary supplies including an emergency repair kit, food, water and warm clothing.
- Develop a supply checklist to include the above items and other equipment such as area maps and guides, protective gear, flashlight, sunscreen, etc.
- Know what to wear. Quality helmets, gloves, boots, goggles and protective clothing will keep you comfortable and help prevent serious injuries.
- Know your vehicle. Keep it in good condition and read the owner's manual.
- Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return.
- Travel with other people.
- Know before leaving what to do in an emergency.
Trail use guidelines
- Respect all private and public property and the rights of all recreationists to enjoy nature.
- Park considerately without blocking other vehicles or impeding access to trails.
- Keep to the right when meeting other recreationists and yield the right-of-way to downhill traffic.
- Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another.
- Travel only where motorized vehicles are permitted.
- Respect designated areas, trail use signs and established ski tracks. Stay out of wilderness areas.
- Do not block the trail when stopping.
- Do not disturb wildlife. Avoid all areas posted for their protection or feeding.
- Do not litter. Pack out everything you pack in.
- Realize that your destination and travel speed are determined by your equipment, ability, terrain, weather and traffic on the trail. Plan accordingly.
- Do not interfere with or harass others. Recognize that people form opinions about all motorized vehicle users based on your actions.