Cline Buttes Recreation Area Etiquette Details

Riding with helmets

Equipment Requirements

  • ATV Sticker: Valid Oregon State Operating Permits are required for all OHVs and street legal vehicles operating in the Millican Valley OHV trail system.
  • Spark Arrestor: All motorcycles, quads and side by sides must be equipped with a Forest Service approved spark arrestor. All jeeps and other Class II type vehicles must be equipped with an operable muffler.
  • Sound Limits: All OHVs must meet the DEQ noise standard of 99dB or less.
  • Helmets: Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with chin strap fastened when riding in or on a motorcycle, quad, side by side or other vehicle (unless in a Class II registered vehicle).
  • Rider Fit: Class I operators under the age of 16 must meet the minimum physical size requirements in relationship to the vehicle.

Operator Requirements

Any person with a suspended or revoked driver's license may not operate a motorized vehicle (quad, motorcycle, side by side, jeep, snowmobile, etc.) on public land.

ATV Safety Education Card: Also referred to as an "Operator's Permit," the card signifies successful completion of OPRD's online Safety Education Course. All riders must possess and ATV Safety Education Card by:

  • January 1, 2012 - 50 years of age and under
  • January 1, 2013 - 60 years of age and under
  • January 1, 2014 - everyone

Supervision: All youth operators under the age 16 must be supervised by an adult. A supervisor is defined as a person who is at least 18 years old; holds a valid ATV Safety Education card; and is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the operator.

Trail Etiquette

Follow closures and fire restrictions

The Millican Valley has many miles of developed trails for great riding adventures. Responsible riders know that riding on public lands is a privilege. The best way to protect your riding privilege is to stay on designated trails and act respectfully toward other users, wildlife, and the environment.

Travel Responsibly and Tread Lightly!

  • Stay on designated roads and trails or in permitted areas. The Millican Valley is not open to cross country travel.
  • Ride in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it. Trail widening is unsightly and expensive to repair.
  • Avoid roosting, which creates ruts, erodes soil, and increases maintenance. Cutting cookies is illegal, and damages roads, annoys other visitors, and reflects poorly on all OHV users.
  • Avoid riding over small trees and shrubs. Trampled vegetation not only looks bad, but also damages wildlife habitat and contributes to soil erosion.
  • Honor seasonal and permanent trail closures.

Respect others:

  • Please yield the right of way to non-motorized trail users. When encountering hikers or horses on the trail, pull over and shut off your engine. Remove your helmet and let them pass out of sight before restarting.
  • When overtaking other riders or trail users, follow at a safe distance until they signal you to pass. Be courteous while passing. A little bump of the throttle can leave a shower of gravel or a cloud of dust and an angry rider behind you.

Care for the area around you:

  • Leave the area as good as or better than you found it.
  • Never harass wildlife or domestic animals that you may encounter while riding. Always view wildlife from a respectful distance.
  • Properly dispose of waste. Never litter. Always carry out what you carry in. Carry a trash bag with you to pack out other people's trash. The Millican Valley has no trash collection.
  • Leave gates the way you find them, either open or closed.
  • Have safe campfires when allowed and follow all fire use restrictions when in place. Extinguish campfires completely every time someone is not present to monitor them.

Be prepared:

  • Visitors to the Millican Valley can help protect this fragile desert ecosystem by planning their visit and arriving prepared. Knowledge of the trails and use types, weather, terrain, and common sense can help to ensure a safe trip.
  • Take recreation skills classes and use and operate your equipment safely.
  • Avoid the spread of invasive species.