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Snowmobile Ethics

Snowmobiling is a fun and family-oriented activity. As a rider, you must do your part to keep it a respected and welcomed sport. Be mindful of your actions at all times while riding. Recognize that people may judge all snowmobile owners by your conduct. Work actively to keep snowmobiling a great sport by observing the following ethics.

A vast amount of National Forest land is open for winter travel. In some areas those traveleing by skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles must share the same routes and areas. Common sense and courtesy will provide a safe and pleasant experience for everyone.

Represent the sport well

Snowmobile Tracks

Be a savvy sports enthusiast. Recognize that people judge all snowmobile owners by your actions.

Use your influence with other snowmobile owners to promote fair conduct.

Promote proper snowmobile education and training.

Care for the environment


Do not litter trails or camping areas. Do not pollute lakes or streams.

Snowmobile only when there is sufficient snow so you will not damage the land.

Do not damage living trees, shrubs, or other natural features.

Do not harass wildlife. Avoid areas posted for the protection or feeding of wildlife.

Respect others


Respect other people's property and rights.

Do not interfere with or harass hikers, skiers, snowshoers, ice fishermen, or other winter sports enthusiasts. Operate at minimum speeds near other recreationists and do not accelerate until well beyond those on foot. Stop and yeild the trail to dogsleds. Skiers and snowshoers should yield the track to oncoming and overtaking snowmobilers, unless the track is wide enough for safe passage.

Lend a helping hand when you see someone in distress.

Make yourself and your vehicle available to assist search and rescue parties.

Practice safety


Ride smart, be prepared, and stay in control.

Check ice and weather conditions before riding. Dress appropriately.

Practice Zero Tolerance with respect to impaired riding.

Never travel alone. Let others know where you are going.



All winter recreationists should be aware that they have an impact on wintering wild animals, most notably that disturbing or displacing them causes them to burn more energy. Minimize your impact on wintering animals by following these guidelines:

Avoid winter range whenever possible.

Do not linger in the presence of animals, move along in a steady, deliberate fashion.

It is unlawful to chase, harass, herd, or rally wild animals.

Keep your machine in well-tuned condition to minimize noise and pollution.

Avoid areas designated as "closed" for wildlife protection.