U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Shoshone Field Office|
Rules of the Trail
Ride on open trails only - Call the BLM if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required.
Leave No Trace - Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you: wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. If mud is sticking to your tires or shoes, turn back! This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Pack out as much as you pack in.
Control your bicycle or motorcyle - Inattention for even a moment could put you and others at risk. Obey all regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
Yield to others - Do your utmost to let your fellow users know you're coming - a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists and motorcycles should yield to all other trail users. Bikes traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one. There is a great history of user compatibility (shared-use trails) in the Wood River Valley. Please help maintain these positive relationships by being courteous to all other trail users.
Never scare animals - Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and speak to the horseback riders. Your voice is a signal to horses that you are human and not a threat. Ask equestrians for instructions and be patient - it may take a few moments to facilitate a passing. Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
Plan ahead - Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding - and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient - keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear.