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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).

Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike - White Tank Mtn.
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - North Trail
Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Home School Program: "Grandmother's Smiles" - Usery Park
Tiny Tumbleweeds: Toddler Stroll - San Tan
Friday Fitness Hike - Yavapai and Cottonwood Trails- Lake Pleasant
All About Desert Holes - San Tan
Fireside with the Ranger! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sunset Hike -Estrella Mountain
Family Fun Reindeer Stories and Campfire Smores - Lake Pleasant
Movie Night in the Park: “Untamed Americas: Deserts” - Usery Park

TRAILWORK Volunteers Day - San Tan - 12/20/2014
Archery 202 - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
CLASS FULL Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 12/20/2014
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
Trailside Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 12/20/2014
"Geology of Arizona" - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/20/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 12/20/2014
Hiking 101 - San Tan - 12/20/2014
Animal Art! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/20/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 12/20/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 12/20/2014
Mammals of Arizona, Live! - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Life in the Desert -Estrella Park - 12/20/2014
Black Rock Luminary Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 12/20/2014
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/21/2014
Family Mystery Hike -Estrella Park - 12/21/2014
Desert Cuisine: Persimmons and Pomegranates - San Tan - 12/21/2014
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 12/21/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 12/22/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park***CANCELLED*** - 12/24/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/24/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 12/24/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Lousley Hill - 12/26/2014
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 12/26/2014
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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov

 
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