ATV Trail Ethics

10 WAYS TO TREAD LIGHTLY WITH AN ATV

Please keep our trails beautiful, healthy and open to all ATV riders by minimizing your impact on the environment and respecting other riders. Here are some quick tips to help you:

1. Stay only on roads, trails or other areas designated for ATV use.

2. Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.

3. Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream. Approach the stream slowly, crossing at a 90-degree angle.

4. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail.

5. On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum wheel-spin.

6. Try to avoid muddy trails, save them for future trips when they are dry. If you do come across mud on the trail, go easy on the gas to avoid wheel spin, which can cause rutting. Don’t leave the trail to avoid muddy spots, this can widen the trail and damage trailside plant-life.

7. Pack out what you pack in. Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.

8. Following a ride, wash your ATV and support vehicle to avoid spreading invasive species the next time you ride.

9. Observe proper human waste disposal. Bury your waste at least six inches deep and camouflage the hole or pack out your waste.

10. Take an ATV training course to maximize safety. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear.