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10 Ways to Minimize Your Impact with an ATV

  • Stay only on roads, trails or other areas designated for ATV use.
  • Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.
  • Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream. Approach the stream slowly, crossing at a 90-degree angle.
  • On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail.
  • On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum wheel-spin.
  • Try to avoid muddy trails, save them for future trips when they are dry.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.
  • Following a ride, wash your ATV and support vehicle to avoid spreading noxious weeds the next time you ride.
  • Observe proper human waste disposal. Bury your waste at least six inches deep and camouflage the hole or pack out your waste.
  • Take an ATV training course to maximize safety. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear.

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