The ATVís ability to accelerate and maneuver quickly can be exhilarating, but can pose problems on trails shared with horseback riders, hikers, cyclists, or other ATV riders. Every ATV rider must be an ambassador for the sport at all times. Remember; be as considerate to others as you would want them to be to you. Here are a few tips to keep you and others trail riders smiling.
- Keep in mind that all trails are two-way traffic.
- Ride only on roads and trails ďopenĒ for use. Donít cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.
- When encountering others on the trail, yield to the passing group or those traveling uphill.
- On the trail, when you meet horses or pack animals, look and listen for any instructions from the handler. Stop on the outside edge of the trail and turn OFF your engine. Remove your helmet and speak in a quiet, calm voice so the animals know itís just a person under all the riding gear. Try not to stop in a position that puts you above a horse or pack animal and remember sudden movements can startle animals.
- Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it out. This will preserve the natural, more primitive character of the trail. Widening of a trail is ugly and expensive to repair.
- Leave gates as you find them (open or closed) unless posted otherwise. Seasonal closures can occur due to wet conditions, snow, and summer fire hazards.
- Be courteous when passing hikers or other trail users. One burst of the throttle can leave a trail of dust.
- Even a quiet ATV can sound noisy to other trail users so keep in mind your speed and engine rpm low and steady when near houses, cabins, campgrounds, or anytime you are around non-riders.
Remember, if you abuse it you will probably lose it! Careless operation of ATVís can cause damage and may result in closing or areas to riders. Respect the environment and other trail users. By using common sense and courtesy, what is available today will be here to enjoy tomorrow.
Top Five OHV Laws to Remember
- OHVís must have a current registration to operate on public lands.
- OHV operators 8 to 16 years old must have a Utah safety certificate or a driverís license to drive on public lands.
- OHV users under 18 years of age must wear a safety approved and fastened helmet.
- No one under 8 years old is allowed to operate an OHV on public land.
For more information, contact: 801-538-7433 and www.stateparks.utah.gov