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Being a responsible rider

-Stay on existing roads and trails: It is very important to stay on roads and trails that exist and not make your own. Park on wide spots of the trail. Also, go over, not around obstacles (if possible). Tread Lightly! strives to get this message out, that way, we can all enjoy these trails.


-Wilderness Areas: Riding through Wilderness Areas should be avoided. Most trails near Wilderness Areas either go around the edge of the Wilderness Areas or are a limited use road (meaning use is limited to either OHV, hikers, etc.). It is a serious offense to ride through a WIlderness Area so stay on designated trails when you are near one.


-Private Property: Many trails throughout Arizona cross through private property, however, the road is considered public. Do be courteous and pass through private property quietly; don't distub anything!


-Gates: Gates are pretty frequent on trails in Arizona. Unless otherwise, posted, it is okay to pass through them as long as you close them when you are done. Gates usually mark boundaries in private property and keep cattle out (or in).


-Trash: Pack it in, pack it out. Make sure you leave no trash behind. This is one of things that causes trails to close. It is a simple, 3 - second procedure that helps keep Arizona beautiful. If you feel ambitious, also pick up others trash.


- Camping: Camping is a great way to extend your ride/trip. However, try to stick to used camp grounds. When you make a fire, try to keep it in a ring or on someone else's campfire. Always take out all trash.


-Archaeological Sites: When looking at these ancient sites, make sure to take ONLY pictures and leave ONLY footprints. It is a federal crime to take anything, enter, or disturb in any way a archaeological site.


-Human waste: When nature calls, it is hard to continue riding. It is recommened to bury human waste 300 feet away from sources of water, off of trails, and at least 4 inches deep. If you can't carry a portable toilet, at least carry a small shovel.


-Cryptobiotic Crust: Cryptobiotic, which literally means 'hidden life', is a black crust that is seen in desert of Arizona (and around the world). In its early stages, it is, like it's literal meaning, hidden. It takes decades to form and should be avoided when you see it. It is important that this plant base survives in order to control erosion.


-OHV Decals: As of January 2009, Arizona Law requires any OHV vehicle be equipped with a OHV Sticker. This law is needed because since 1998 OHV use in Arizona has seen a 347% increase. To cope with the large numbers of riders, a $25 sticker needs to be purchased to ride. Note: this does not make your OHV street legal.


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Closing a gate on the Wickenburg Mt. Trail                                                   An OHV license plate and decal