General Safety Guidelines
- Water, water, and more water!
- Tell a responsible person where you are traveling and when you will be returning.
- Do not go alone. Consider riding with a club.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
- Supervise riders younger than 16. Parents are responsible for their childrens’ safety.
- Know your vehicle. Read the owner’s manual.
- Check your vehicle before each trip.
- Take an off-highway vehicle safety and mechanical training class.
Wear Protective Gear
(as appropriate for your OHV)
- Approved helmet
- Eye protection
- Long-sleeved shirt/jacket
- Over-the-ankle boots
Ride the Proper Size ATV recommended by the ATV Safety Institute
and ATV manufacturers:
- Under 70cc: 6 years and older
- 70 - 90cc: 12 years and older
- Over 90cc: 16 years and older
Protect Your Privilege...Prevent OHV Site Closures...Abuse it, Lose it.
Excessive complaints about OHV recreation uses such as dust, noise, and speed can force OHV site closures. OHV sites are being closed partly because of environmental damage
from OHV use such as violation of clean air rules due to excessive dust from vehicles. Help prevent OHV site closures. Protect your privilege. “Nature Rules. Stay on the trail.”
- Stay on designated routes. Do not make new trails.
- Do not harass wildlife. Riding over plants destroys wildlife habitat.
- Signs are important for travel and your safety. Do not destroy signs.
- Avoid creating dust. Slow down.
- Keep out of closed areas. Do not trespass.
- Keep your OHV quiet. More complaints, more closures.
- Leave gates as you found them, opened or closed.
- Fences keep livestock confined. Do not cut fences.
- Do not drive on a route smaller than the width of your vehicle.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Do not litter.
- Reduce the risk of fire. Make sure your vehicle’s spark arrester is in good working condition.
- Be considerate of others by sharing trails. Pull off to the side of the trail, shut off your engine, and let horses and hikers pass.
- Get involved. Join an OHV club and volunteer to maintain the trails you ride. Provide your input to land managers on OHV projects. Serve on the statewide OHV Advisory Group through Arizona State Parks.
When you encounter wildlife in the backcountry, appreciate it, respect it, and LEAVE IT ALONE. If you observe a game law violation or wildlife harassment contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (800) 352-0700.
If you observe acts of vandalism or habitat destruction, note a description of the persons, vehicles, license plate number, location, time, date, and any other information. Report this information to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 24-hour hotline at (800) VANDALS (1-800-826-3257).