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Safety First!

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
  • Gloves
  • 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.



Report Abuse

Wildlife
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.

Vandalism
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).

Introducing the Desert - San Tan
Find the Ranger at Spur Cross
Wag, Walk & Adopt! - McDowell
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park
Kids Series: Turkey Vultures
Amazing Desert Plants - Usery Park

Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 1/26/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 1/28/2015
Bird Walk - McDowell - 1/28/2015
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 1/28/2015
Sonoran Desert Eco-Tour - Usery Park - 1/28/2015
Rock Art of Arizona - Usery Park - 1/28/2015
***SPECIAL UPDATE***Winter Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/29/2015
Hike the Goldmine Trail - San Tan - 1/29/2015
Spur Cross to Cave Creek Maricopa Trail Hike - 1/29/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 1/29/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Paul's Hideaway Paddle - 1/29/2015
Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn - 1/29/2015
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 1/29/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/29/2015
Eco-Tour of San Tan - San Tan - 1/30/2015
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.*OUTSIDE* of park)- DIFFICULT - 1/30/2015
Friday Fitness Series #5 - 1/30/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike - Yavapai Point by way of S. Pipeline - 1/30/2015
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
All About Optics - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
Looking for Wild Burros on the Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant - 1/30/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 1/30/2015
*NEW LOCATION* Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration and Sampler - White Tank Mtn. - 1/30/2015
Fireside with the Ranger! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/30/2015
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