Protecting the the Trails and the Environment

Every snowmobile rider must be an ambassador for the sport. Please give careful consideration to your effect on the trails, environment and others. The future of your sport depends on it.

Minimizing environmental impact
Every effort should be made to minimize the impact of your machine on the trail and surrounding environment. Using skill and common sense you can negotiate various obstacles and riding conditions that have the potential to cause damage. Remember, areas closed to ATVs and snowmobiles are done so for a reason; please respect these special areas.

The following are some suggestions offered by Tread Lightly! ®, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the outdoors and outdoor recreation through responsible practices:

  • Pump your brakes when going downhill to avoid locking the brackes.
  • Lean into turns with your upper body to enhance the sled's maneuverability.
  • Avoid riding on frozen lakes or other waterways.
  • Cross roadways at a 90-degree angle to the road.


Trail etiquette
Many times snowmobile riders will come in contact with other user groups sharing the same lands, roadways or trails. It is important to practice common courtesies.

  • Be considerate of others on the trail and keep to the right.
  • Slow down when passing.
  • Ride only where permitted.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Yield the right of way to bikes, horses and hikers.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Wave and say 'hello' as you pass.
  • Report downed trees and trail maintenance needs to land managers


Report illegal riding
If you see someone riding irresponsibly, off-trail or dangerously, try to record the machine's registration number. Report the activity to the local authority with jurisdiction over those lands. Remember, bad behavior by some individuals can harm the reputation of the entire sport.