Preparing to Ride



  • Head protection that is approved by DOT or Snell, with a visor when needed.
  • Eye protection, ventilated and filtered to reduce dust intake.
  • Footwear that provides shin or ankle protection.
  • Long sleeved shirt or riding jacket.
  • Long pants able to withstand a degree of abrasion.
  • Form fitting riding gloves, with a degree of padding.
  • Body armor if riding in tight trails.

Additional Accessories

Remove valuables and cell phone from pocket and stow in secure dry area. Have emergency information with you, including relatives & contact information.

First aid kit and bandages, Neosporin, bug spray, sunscreen, aspirin, knife, small air horn or whistle, radio, compass or GPS, hand wipes, toilet paper, small shovel, paper maps, spare batteries, flashlight, bungee cords, tow strap, spare spark plug and associated removal tool, drinking water, snacks that withstand temperature changes, zip ties, duct tape, & a clean rag.

All the above accessories should be able to fit into a pack that can be bungeed onto an ORV storage area.


When preparing to ride, ensure all paperwork is with you, both for ATV, Tow vehicle, and trailer. (Registration, insurance, license, ORV sticker(s), etc.)

Check the following mechanical things:

Oil, grease fittings, fuel, antifreeze, tires (air pressure and tire condition for damage), rims, winch (if equipped), bring spare oil, bring spare gas, lights and instrument panel, toolbox, tie down straps, jumper cables or a booster battery pack, fire extinguisher, second set of keys (hidden), jack and spare tire.

Before Leaving the Trail

  • Check over ORV following ride, remove major debris and sticks and look for areas of impact or damage.
  • Load vehicle and tie down securely. Ensure ORV is in park, with brake on, and is turned off.
  • Visually inspect tow vehicle and trailer before departing, ensure trailer is secure to tow vehicle and check lights.
  • Go online and report your experience with the trails!