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Safe ORV and snowmobile riding

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Safe ORV and snowmobile riding

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Speed is a major contributing factor for snowmobile and ORV accidents, serious injuries and death.

Follow these important safety tips:

All riders:

  • Ride at a safe speed.
  • Be aware of two-way traffic and "Ride Right" by keeping on the right side of the trail.
  • Ride sober.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Operate within the limits of your ORV/snowmobile and yourself.
  • When approaching an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look both ways for traffic.
  • Stay on the trail and be prepared to adjust for changing environmental conditions.
  • Create a ride plan (times, locations you and check-in points) and share it with others.
  • If you stop on the trail, use designated stop areas and remove your helmet. Never stop side-by-side, in the middle, at the crest of a hill, on a corner or in the intersection of a trail.
  • Always yield to uphill motorized traffic. Uphill traffic may have difficulty starting again if stopped.
  • If you see nonmotorized trail users coming from the opposite direction, pull over and yield the right-of-way.

ORV riders

  • Keep lights on when riding.
  • Only transport a passenger when the ORV has been manufactured to carry a passenger. 
  • During snowmobile season it is preferred that ORV riders use trails/roads not open to snowmobiles.


  • Anticipate and yield to groomers.
  • Don’t use modified exhausts.
  • Share the trail. Some designated snowmobile trails are also open to ORVs and other (nonmotorized) users.