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Proper training and preparation can help you have a fun and safe ride. Before you go make sure you are prepared with the proper equipment. To make sure you are well prepared, take a training course to get you up to speed or refresh your memory. Below are just a few of the training courses available.

Off-Highway Vehicle Online Course

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's off highway vehicle (OHV) safety education course includes instruction on the basic skills required to safely ride or operate an OHV, responsibilities of OHV riders to others and the environment, general information on preparing for the unexpected, additional educational resources, laws, rules and regulations for the safe ethical and responsible operation and use of OHVs.

ATV Safety Institute (ASI)
The ATV RiderCourse, developed by the ATV Safety Institute, provides hands-on training in the basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle. The course also covers protective gear, local laws, finding places to ride, and environmental concerns. If you bought your ATV after December 30,1986, you may be eligible for free training. Those not eligible for the free training may take the course for a small fee. The ATV RiderCourse is available nationwide. To sign up call: 1-800-887-2887 or go online to

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)

DirtBike School provides hands-on off-highway motorcycle rider training with an emphasis onsafety and skill development. For information call 877-288-7093 or go online to

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)

ROHVA promotes the safe and responsible ise of a new and emerging catergory of recreational off-highway vehicles. The ROV is sometimes refered to as a side-by-side or untility terrain vehicle (UTV). For more information go online to

T.E.A.M. Arizona
T.E.A.M. Arizona conducts basic rider training for dirt bikes. For information or to sing-up call
(480) 998-9888 or go online to

United Four-wheel Drive Association

UFWDA provides a 4WD safety and awaerness program. For more information go online to

Arizona State Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs

ASA4WDC sponsors safety clinics that teach the basics of 4WD. For more information call (602)-258-4BY4 or go online to

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

NOHVCC develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information. These "tools" are available to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. For more information call 800-348-6487 or go online to



Pre-trip safety inspections

Check your OHV before each trip. Good preventative maintenance means less chance of breaking down in the backcountry.

Ride with a club
The obvious advantage is having a friend to tow you out of a tough spot. You can also learn from trail veterans. Another thing to consider is that, in many cases, clubs have established trails and a good relationship with land owners/managers.

Protective gear
Helmet, Eye Protection, Riding Jersey, Elbow Guards, Gloves, Riding Pants, Hip Pads, Knee Pads and Riding Boots

Proper Size ATV
There are ATVs designed for children, follow manufacturer minimum age recommendations displayed clealy on the vehicle. Always supervise children under 16.

Always let a responsible person know where you are going and when you will return. Take a first aid kit and a survival kit with you and know how to use them. T
here is always a good chance of getting stuck or stranded. You could be stuck out in the field for a few days so you need to be prepared. Below are lists of items that can help.

Basic survival items: Extra Water and Food, Sunscreen, Whistle, Waterproof matches, Medicine, Flashlight and extra batteries, First-aid Kit, Spare eyeglasses, Blanket, Hat, Insect repellent, Jacket, Tarp, Tent,

Navigation needs: Area Maps and guides, Permits (if needed), Compass with mirror, GPS equipment

Tool box and field recovery:
Tires, Full Size Spare Tire, Tire Pressure Gauge, Air Pump, Tire Repair Kit, Tire Chains Fire Extinguisher, Spare Vehicle Key, Flares, Duct Tape, Shovel, Axe/Saw, Jack, Star Lug Wrench, Hydraulic Jack, Hi-Lift Jack, Tow Strap, Hand Winch Radiator Stop Leak, Extra Fan Belts, Radiator Hoses, Electrical Wire, Jumper Cables, Baling Wire, Oil, Gas, Assortment of Bolts, Nuts and Washers, Siphon Hose, Fuses,

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- Arizona State Parks OHV Program
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