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As you ride, you have the power to protect the land or damage it. The legacy you leave as a mountain biker is determined every time you hit the trails.

PLAN AHEAD:

  • Weather can change quickly. Get the latest forecast and be prepared.

  • Let someone else know where you are riding and when you expect to return.

  • Get an early start, and give your group plenty of time to complete the ride (twice the time you think you need).

KEEP IN CONTROL:

  • Control your speed. You should be able to stop in half the distance you can see ahead.

  • Yield the right-of-way to others on the trail.

BE PREPARED:

  • Always wear a helmet.

  • Ride in groups of three or more. Stay with the rider behind you, and don't let the group get separated.

  • Plan a predetermined route and a meeting location (time and place should the group get separated.

  • Never leave an injured person alone.

RESPECT THE RESOURCE:

  • Ride only on existing trails and roads.

  • Never create new trails or make short cuts or "turn-outs" around fallen logs, water bars and muddy areas.

  • Ride through puddles rather than around them.

  • Avoid soft and wet trails.

  • Don’t chase or disturb wildlife or livestock.

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Carry out all trash you carry in.