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OHV Ethics
Off-Highway Vehicles

Montana has many miles of developed trails for great riding adventures. Responsible riders know that riding on public lands is a privilege. The best way to protect your riding privilege is to stay on designated trails and act respectfully toward other users, wildlife, and the environment.

Travel responsibly

Stay on Trails, Please sign

Stay on designated roads and trails or in permitted areas.

Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, and streams, unless on designated routes.

Ride in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it. Trail widening is unsightly and expensive to repair.

Avoid riding over small trees and shrubs. Trampled vegetation not only looks bad, but also damages wildlife habitat and contributes to soil erosion.

Honor seasonal and permanent trail closures.

Avoid riding on steep and erodible slopes.

Respect the rights of others

Hikers on a trail

Always yield the right of way to nonmotorized trail users. When encountering hikers or horses on the trail, pull over and shut off your engine. Remove your helmet and let them pass out of sight before restarting.

Do not alter the manufacturer's muffler system. Loud exhaust systems are annoying to others.

When overtaking others, follow at a safe distance until they signal you to pass. Be courteous while passing. A little bump of the throttle can leave a shower of gravel or a cloud of dust and an angry rider behind you.

Care for the environment

Trash—banana peel

Leave the area as good as or better than you found it.

Never harass wildlife or domestic animals that you may encounter while riding. Always view wildlife from a respectful distance.

Properly dispose of waste. Never litter. Always carry out what you carry in. Carry a trash bag with you to pack out other people's trash.

Leave gates the way you find them, either open or closed.

Minimize the use of fire.

Educate yourself

Compass and map

Plan your trip. Obtain travel maps and regulations from public agencies.

Take recreation skills classes.

Know how to use and operate your equipment safely.

Avoid the spread of invasive species.