In Idaho, we are blessed with an abundance of public lands that provide amazing opportunities for recreation. Along with the privilege to ride on these lands comes the responsibility to know the rules of the road and to follow them! Each of us needs to ride responsibly, providing good examples for others. When we see someone who is not behaving, we need to politely ask them to stop whatever it is they are doing wrong. If they do not, turn them in to authorities. They do not deserve our protection. When OHVers ride in closed areas, ride on trails smaller than their vehicle, or disrespect the rights of others, we all suffer. When land managers and owners close an area, it will not be for just the jerks; it will be for all of us. Self-policing is the most effective way our sport can keep its good name and stop the bad behavior that has been taking place.
Following the rules is a way to protect your access, so remember:
- Respect property, do not litter
- Always stay on roads and trails—do not make new trails
- Make sure the trail is at least as wide as your OHV
- Know the OHV use regulations for the area in which you are riding
Where we can ride in the future depends a great deal on how well we follow the rules today. Do your part and help ensure that your children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities to ride that we enjoy.