Off-road vehicles are a convenient way to negotiate trails for
folks who are physically impaired or for those who need to cover
long distances. Follow these simple tips to learn the best ways to
reduce your impact on the trails, improve your wildlife viewing
opportunities and cultivate a spirit of camaraderie with other
By respecting the land, water resources, wildlife and the rights
of others you can ensure that not only you will be able to continue
ATV riding, but that others will also be able to enjoy the great
outdoors as well.
Anyone can ride fast, but it's the skilled rider who can ride
slowly over challenging terrain with minimal impact to the
Yield the right of way to mountain bikes, horses, and
Ride only where permitted and stay on the trail or road.
Please restrict use during periods of wet or muddy soil
conditions to reduce damage to the route surface.
Avoid digging the ruts deeper than they already are, and be wary
of slippery tree roots or rocks spanning the ruts.
Sensitive habitats are more susceptible to negative impacts and
should be avoided when possible.
Respect wildlife. Be sensitive to their life sustaining needs by
keeping your distance.
Don't litter on the trail.
Spark arresters can prevent your vehicle from starting forest
Be sure your vehicle is compatible with road and trail
Know local laws and regulations.
For more information on responsible ethics for off-road
vehicles, visit the Tread Lightly web site.