RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS

Respect the rights of others, including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.

Be considerate of others on the road or trail. Leave gates as you find them. If crossing private property, be sure to ask permission from the landowner(s). Yield the right of way to those passing you traveling uphill. Yield to mountain bikers, hikers, and horses. When encountering horses on the trail, move to the side of the trail, stop, turn off your engine, and speak – you want the horse to know you are human.

Ask the rider the best way to proceed. Proceed with caution around horses and pack animals. Sudden, unfamiliar activity may spook animals – possibly causing injury to animals, handlers, and others on the trail. Do not idly ride around in camping, picnicking, trailhead, or residential areas. Keep speeds low around crowds and in camping areas. Keep the noise and dust down.

EDUCATE YOURSELF Educate yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations om public agencies, planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes, d knowing how to operate your equipment safely. Obtain a map – motor vehicle use map where appropriate – of your destination and determine which areas are open to off-highway vehicles. Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your travel plans. Contact the land manager for area restrictions, closures, and permit requirements.

Check the weather forecast before you go. Prepare for the unexpected by packing necessary emergency items. Buckle-up! Seat belts are mandatory. Know your limitations. Watch your time, your fuel, and your energy. Take an off-highway drivers course to learn more about negotiating terrain in a four wheel drive vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is mechanically up to task. Be prepared with tools, supplies, spares, and a spill kit for trailside repairs.

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