Understanding the Privilege
With this many OHVs in the state, understanding that riding on public lands is a privilege is critical to the long-term survivability of OHV recreation. Responsible riders know that best way to protect existing riding privileges is to stay on designated roads and trails, and act respectfully and ethically towards other users, wildlife, and the environment.
- Repair noisy or faulty exhaust systems. Loud exhaust systems are annoying to others and displace wildlife.
- Unless you are approaching a curve, stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening the trail.
- When you do find yourself on a curve, or if you cannot see safely ahead, slow down and stay on the right side of the trail to avoid a collision or unexpected encounters with other users.
- Don’t dominate the trail. Always yield the right-of-way to hikers, wildlife viewers, mountain bike riders, horseback riders, and other non-motorized users.
- Be respectful when overtaking others on the trail. A sudden acceleration when passing can throw gravel into trail users causing injuries and possibly even a crash.
- Follow at a safe distance and only pass when they signal their approval for you to pass; there could be traffic or obstacles ahead you’re not aware of.
- Don’t pass anyone suddenly or unexpectedly.
- Don’t ride in closed areas or on seasonal road closures.
- During heavy rains, consider postponing your trip to reduce the impact to trails and roads that are sensitive to damage during rain.
- Use proper fuel containment procedures when re-fueling to prevent poisoning vegetation and contaminating ground water.