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<November 2015>

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

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).

#TakeAHike on the Scenic Trail - McDowell
"We're All in This Together!" Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn.
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Family* Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn.
Geology of the Grand Canyon - Usery Park
Full Frost Moon Hike - San Tan

San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Early Bird Walk and Program - White Tank Mtn. - 11/28/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park - 11/28/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - CANCELLED - 11/28/2015
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 11/28/2015
Walk off your Pie Fitness Hike- Estrella Park - 11/28/2015
Turkey Trot Dog Walk - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Bike Demo Day - McDowell - 11/28/2015
Shoreline Fishing Talk by Fisherman Frank - Lake Pleasant - 11/28/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 11/28/2015
Archaeology - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park - 11/28/2015
Live Animal Presentation with Liberty Wildlife! - McDowell - 11/28/2015
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn. - 11/28/2015
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - CANCELLED - 11/28/2015
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross - 11/29/2015
New to Arizona? - Usery Park - 11/29/2015
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 11/30/2015
Desert Walk 'n' Talk - San Tan - 12/1/2015
Ranger-led Walk from the Campground - McDowell - 12/2/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/2/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 12/2/2015
Fitness Thursday -Estrella Park - 12/3/2015
Sunrise Hike on Lousley Hill - McDowell - 12/3/2015
Friends and Fitness Hike - NEW SERIES (White Tank Mtn.) - 12/3/2015

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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

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