TRAVEL AND RECREATE WITH MINIMUM IMPACT
# Stay on designated routes.
# Travel only in areas open to four wheeling.
# Know your vehicle’s limitations. When in doubt, re-track.
# For your safety, travel straight up or down hills. Don’t traverse the face of a hill; you may slip sideways or roll your vehicle.
# Cross large rocks and other obstacles slowly, at an angle, one wheel at a time.
# When possible avoid mud. In soft terrain, go easy on the gas to avoid wheel spin, which can cause rutting.
# Cross ravines slowly at a 45-degree angle.
# Straddle ruts, gullies and washouts even if they are wider than your vehicle.
# Cross streams only at designated fording points, or where the road crosses the stream.
# Don’t turn around on narrow roads, steep terrain, or unstable ground. Backup until you find a safe place to turn around.
# Stop frequently and reconnoiter ahead on foot.
# Avoid riding in meadows and marshy areas.
# Go easy on the throttle and avoid riding the brake or clutch.
# To help with traction, balance your load and lower tire pressure to where you see a bulge (typically not less the than 20 pounds).
# Know where the differential or lowest point on the vehicle is.
# Choose the appropriate winch for your vehicle size.
# Attach towing cable, tree strap or chain as low as possible to the object being winched. Let the winch do the work; never drive the winch.
# Protect the soundscape by avoiding unnecessary noise created by your vehicle.
# Practice minimum impact camping by using established sites, camping 200 feet from water resources and trails and minimizing use of fire.
# Observe proper sanitary waste disposal by burying waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from trails, campsites, and water resources or pack out your waste.
RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
# Be considerate of others on the road or trail.
# Drive only where permitted.
# Leave gates as you find them. Respect private land.
# Yield the right-of-way to those passing you or traveling uphill. Yield to mountain bikers, hikers, and horses.
# Keep the noise and dust down.
# Pack out what you pack in.
EDUCATE YOURSELF, PLAN AND PREPARE BEFORE YOU GO
# Obtain a map of your destination and determine which areas are open to off -highway vehicles.
# Contact the land manager for area restrictions, closures, and permit requirements. If you cross private property, be sure to ask permission from the landowner(s).
# Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
# Check the weather forecast.
# Make sure your vehicle is mechanically up to task. Be prepared with tools, supplies and spares for trailside repairs.
# Prepare for the unexpected by packing necessary emergency items.
# Travel with a group of two or more vehicles, as riding solo can leave you vulnerable if you have an accident or breakdown. Designate meeting areas in case of separation.
# Buckle up! Seat belts are mandatory.
# Know your limitations. Watch your time, your fuel, and your energy.
# Maintain a reasonable distance between vehicles.
# Don’t mix driving with alcohol and/or drugs.
# Understand your vehicle’s controls and how to operate them.
ALLOW FOR FUTURE USE OF THE OUTDOORS, LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT
# Carry a trash bag in you vehicle and pick up litter left by others
# Ride in the middle of trails to minimize widening of the trails. Avoid sideslipping and wheel spin, which can lead to erosion.
# Avoid “spooking” livestock and wildlife.
# Always avoid sensitive habitats: wetlands, meadows, and tundra.
# Following a ride, wash your vehicle to reduce the spread of noxious weeds.
# Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas.
DISCOVER THE REWARDS OF RESPONSIBLE RECREATION
# Four wheeling provides the opportunity to get away from the rush of everyday life and builds family traditions.
# Careless operation of your off-highway vehicle can cause damage and may result in the closing of an area.
# Respect the environment and other trail users. By using common sense and common courtesy, what is available today will be here to enjoy tomorrow.