Park It Until the Trails Dry Out
Off-roaders and other recreationists should exercise restraint during the spring, when trails are wet and susceptible to damage and erosion.
After a long, cold Idaho winter, everyone gets anxious to spend more time outdoors, including off-road vehicle riders. Unfortunately, this eagerness happens to coincide with the time period when trails are saturated with run-off and spring rain.
Premature off-road vehicle riding can leave trails rutted, eroded and in poor shape for the rest of the year and beyond. Soil from the trails can wash into nearby streams, impairing clean water and fish habitat. If the damage becomes too great, land managers may be forced to close trails temporarily or even permanently to let the land and the water heal.
Although seasonal use restrictions are already used in places like the Danskins to protect trails from damage, land managers often rely on the public to limit their use during poor conditions in other locations. Responsible riders should repress the eagerness to ride wet, saturated trails.
If the trails are wet, please wait until they dry out and the trail tread hardens up. Waiting to ride until conditions are right will not only keep the trails in good shape, but it will also help keep the land and the water in good shape too.