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How to Recreate Responsibly
Off-Road Edition



Know Before You Go

Learn and follow all of your local riding area laws and regulations including sound levels, safety gear requirements, age limits and safety course recommendations and requirements.

Plan And Prepare

Follow your vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and regularly check for any fluid leaks or problems that might affect the environment or your vehicle’s performance.

Use up-to-date local trail maps to ensure you only ride in permitted areas and on designated open trails.


Build An Inclusive Outdoors

Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Respect Others

Watch out for, and be considerate of, others in the immediate or surrounding areas including private property owners, hunters, hikers, campers, horseback riders, and other off-road vehicle riders, and many more.


Leave No Trace

Inspect and clean your vehicle before moving to a new location to remove seeds, weeds, and other vegetation. Prevent the transfer of non-native invasive species.

Make it Better

Set a positive example, especially when riding with younger or less experienced riders, and always leave your riding area in better shape than when you found it.


Care for Wildlife

Be aware of animal habitats including streams, food sources and nesting areas, and stay off sensitive terrain. Never chase animals or shoot a firearm from your vehicle.

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Understanding outdoor off-roading...  

Does the activity take place in, on or around water? 

Summer Dip

when “in” water 

(intentional swimmers) 

swimming, paddleboarding, rope-swings etc.

Father and Son Fishing

when “on” water 

(potential swimmers) 

rafting, kayaking, human & motor-powered boating/fishing

Couple by Waterfall

when “around” water 

(un-intentional swimmers) 

Shoreline and other activities near water: hiking, climbing, picnicking

Kid wearing a life vest sitting on a sailboat with his arms stretched out to the sides like he is flying.

Check out these resources to help keep ourselves, others, and our waters safe!

Learning to swim is the  #1  water safety recommendation

Outdoor Afro's Swimmership applications are open till May 15th

Learn about TankProof's mission of helping everyone swim

Whitewater can be the most unpredictable and yet most heavily utilized waters

Check out these safety and #RecreateResponsibly resources from American Whitewater

Blue Water

For Resource Managers


For Program Operators

Blue Water
Couple on Pier

For Recreators

For Community Centers or Retailers:

Get a Recreate Responsibly Water Edition Poster or rack cards to share with your audiences.