ATV/UTV Riding

If off-road riding is what you are after, Valley County is sure to impress. With hundreds of forest service roads, day rides, and multi-day trip options, you will never run out of road. Trails range from beginner to expert and wind along rivers and streams, through lush meadows, and through old growth forests.

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Off-Highway Vehicle (ATV | UTV) Safety

Valley County has plenty of recreation opportunities for your vacation needs. As with all recreation sports there is a level of risk associated with it, and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office takes the enforcement of these laws seriously. We also have outreach events to help make the public aware of the applicable laws that apply to these summertime sports. Check out these important laws you need to know before operating your Off-Highway Vehicle in Idaho. Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

In Idaho, all OHV operators are encouraged to complete an OHV safety education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails. All riders in Idaho who are under the age of 16 must be under direct supervision of an adult when operating on non-local jurisdiction roads. Online Course Information.

 Ten Tips for Responsible and Safe Riding:

  1. Don’t ride cross-country – stay on established trails Cross-country travel can increase soil erosion, ignite wildfire, spread noxious weeds and damage wildlife habitat
  2. Always ride in control Ride within your abilities and your machine’s capabilities. Never attempt anything that is beyond your skill level.
  3. Always wear the appropriate safety gear At a minimum, this should include a helmet, shatter resistant eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and boots that cover the ankle.
  4. Only carry passengers if your OHV is specifically designed to do so ATVs and off-road motorcycles are generally designed to carry only one rider. Carrying passengers can alter the balance of the machine, causing a loss of control.
  5. Riders under the age of 16 should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times
  6. Be prepared for an emergency Always carry a tool kit and spare parts, a first aid kit, and survival equipment when you ride.
  7. Respect closed areas and private property The future for OHV access is in your hands.
  8. Avoid wet areas and waterways They are a vital resource for plants and animals.
  9. Don’t cut switchbacks Taking shortcuts damages trails and causes erosion.
  10. Share the trails and make friends with other trail users Stop or slow down and lower the noise and dust levels when approaching equestrians, hikers and others

General Information
Valley County Recreation Director
Larry Laxson
Recreation Planner
Dave Bingaman
Recreation Coordinator
Danny Amen