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How to Recreate Responsibly
Off-Road Edition

In the past few years, more people have headed outside for recreation than ever before. In order to help more people #RecreateResponsibly to care for one another and the places we love, the Recreate Responsibly Coalition has partnered with  Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative and TreadLightly to help spread an understanding of shared stewardship while galvanizing resources to ensure equitable access to the outdoors.


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.

Access the full Off-Road Edition communications toolkit here.

Understanding off-roading...

Resources to support off-road adventures:

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America

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US Forest Service Off-Highway Vehicles Downloadable Maps by Region


Recreate Responsibly has partnered with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to help build an inclusive outdoors & a shared sense of stewardship of the places we love!



About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than 12 years, Yamaha led the Powersports industry in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Yamaha has contributed more than $4.5 million in aid to nearly 400 projects across the nation over the life of the program, supporting thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. 

Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state, and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations, and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail development, restoration, and maintenance

  • Trail signage and map production

  • Staging area construction, renovation, and maintenance

  • Land stewardship, safety, and education

Submission guidelines, application form, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724) or email

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