Trail Etiquette

Review our trail etiquette guidelines and recommendations to help improve your trail riding experience.

Oncoming Trafficmi_trail_marker_orv_02

  • 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.

Group Riding

  • 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.