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Tread Lightly: Low Impact Off Roading Practices

It is so good to take part in a vibrant off-roading community. We regularly take our rigs out to enjoy the amazing trail rides that southern Utah has to offer.

As part of being responsible off-roaders, we like reminding fellow enthusiasts to do their best to minimize their impact on the great outdoors. After all, you take great care to ensure your ride is fitted with the best mods and upgrades, why not also put some effort to make sure this incredible land around us is preserved for future generations?

That’s what the Tread Lightly mantra is all about.

T- Travel Responsibly

R- Respect the Rights of Others

E- Educate Yourself

A- Avoid Sensitive Areas

D- Do Your Part

Here are some great tips to help you tread lightly:

Travel Responsibly

  • Travel only on designated routes including crossing streams only at designated fording points.

  • If you have to cross a soft or muddy area, maintain a slow, steady pace to avoid spinning your wheels.

  • Maintain a reasonable distance between vehicles on the trail and always travel in a group of two or more vehicles.

Respect the Rights of Others On The Trail

  • Never cross private land without the owner’s permission.

  • Always leave gates as you find them –open or closed.

  • Yield the right of way to hikers and those traveling on mountain bikes, horseback or those passing you going uphill.

  • Minimize noise by keeping your vehicle tuned and not revving unnecessarily especially in camping or residential areas.

Educate Yourself On Off-Road Etiquette

  • Have an idea of where you’re going by obtaining a travel map of the area where you’re planning to ride.

  • Contact public agencies or the land bureau to familiarize yourself with regulations governing off-roading in the area you want to visit.

  • Know the expected weather before you leave so you’re not caught unawares when the weather changes. Pack emergency items just in case.

  • Enroll in an off-road training course to learn how to properly handle a 4WD vehicle.

  • Always buckle up!

Avoid Sensitive Off Road Areas

  • Steer clear of sensitive areas like wetlands, meadows, lake shores or designated wilderness areas.

  • Keep out of archeological, paleontological or historical sites.

  • Avoid driving through sensitive habitats including seasonal nesting or breeding areas, living desert soils or tundra. Such ecosystems are fragile and off-roading through them might cause irreparable damage.

  • Keep your distance from any wildlife or livestock you encounter to avoid spooking them.

Do Your Part To Maintain Trails

  • Be a model of appropriate behavior and trail etiquette.

  • Observe sanitary waste disposal, pack waste out and clean up after yourself. Always pick up trash you find along the trail and aim to leave an area better than you found it.

  • Wash off your vehicle before and after an off-roading trip to avoid the spread of invasive species.

If we all play our part and practice Treading Lightly, these incredible trails will remain open for everyone to enjoy for years to come.


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