Review our trail etiquette guidelines and recommendations to help improve your trail riding experience.
- Keep to the right
- Always yield to the ATV's ascending a hill, versus the ones descending on a single trail.
- Smaller groups yield to larger groups riding on a single trail.
- Slower group permits faster group to pass on a single trail.
- Use hand signals to indicate number in party, last in party indicates last by raised fist.
- When passing another vehicle, slow down to keep air born debris to a minimum.
- Yield to larger vehicles.
- Leader makes sure all riders are informed of common rules.
- Be aware if anyone in party has any medical conditions.
- Person riding is responsible for person back and front, if person in back is not visible, wait for them to catch up.
- Person is responsible to know number of riders behind them.
- Do not pass other riders unless signaled to do so.
- Alert following rider to obstacles ahead.
- Take stops regularly with large groups, stop frequency should be agreed at start of ride.
- Don't try to ride above your capabilities, ride in conditions most comfortable to you.
- Indicate when stopping or slowing down.
- Keep less experienced riders near the front, so they can be instructed and watched carefully.
- Watch for signs of issues with ATV in front of you (ex: leaking fluids, wobbling wheel).
- Communicate with rider in front by flashing lights.
Land and Property
- Carry out what you carry in (don't litter!)
- Tread lightly & respect the land
- Remember that ORV donut scars or ruts on a dirt road do not portray riders in a positive light.
- Seek permission before traveling on private land.
- When on dirt roads, slow down near dwellings as to not raise dust.
- If you move things, put them back.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Report all property damage or garbage dumping to property owner.
- Stay on the trail and observe posted signage.
- Report downed trees or obstacles.
- Offer assistance to others in distress.
- Properly thank others for assistance or guidance.
- Obey local laws.
- Don't harass wildlife.
- Be courteous to all, while riding or while stopped.
- Learn your hand signals and know when to use them.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions or advice from other riders.
- Clear small obstacles on the trail if they pose danger to others and pose no risk to you to remove them.
- Stop when signaled by others or law enforcement.
- Do not throw cigarette butts into the woods, extinguish all flame before stowing or disposing properly.
- Be an ambassador for ORV trail riding!
- Ride with lights on.
- Leave at least two quad lengths space in front of you, leave more distance if dusty or raining.
- On steep terrain, lean up hill and provide scout with tow rope before climbing.
- Keep appendages within the confines of the ATV rider area, the ATV weighs more than you
- Stand while riding over moguls.
- Do not exceed passenger count specification of ATV.
- Follow the age recommendations of the ATV class.
- Do not operate under the influence of a controlled, prescribed, or illegal substance
- Slow down when approaching water; treat it as if there are hidden obstacles.