So you’ve just rented a UTV or dirt bike from Adrenaline Driven Adventures (ADAC) and you’re ready to officially hit the trail. Whether you’re a first-time rider or seasoned pro, it’s important to know the basics of Colorado trail etiquette and rules. All of Colorado’s OHV and ATV trails are in danger of being closed due to the irresponsible acts of a few. You can help protect our available trails by setting a good example while out in the backcountry. Trail riding is all about letting loose to enjoy and share our natural spaces. A little common sense and common courtesy will go a long way in helping to protect our available lands for future use while ensuring that everyone has a safe and fun experience on the trail.
Don’t Block Access Points
When staging, be sure not to block the trail or the trail’s access point. Safely pull your vehicle off to the side of the road near the trailhead to unload and prepare for the ride ahead. Avoid driving over parking lot barriers including rocks and other objects and be mindful of both your trailers and ramps as well as those of others.
Only Ride on Designated Trails
One of the most critical things you can do to protect Colorado lands is to always stay on designated trails. This rule is especially important when riding on public land. In addition to staying on designated trails, a good rule of thumb is to only ride on trails that are wider than your vehicle.
Only dirt bikes should be on single-track trails. By adhering to this rule, you’ll be helping to preserve the integrity of the trail system for long-term sustainable use.
Know Your Speed
Vehicles traveling at a slower pace should always yield to faster-moving vehicles. Pullover safely in a designated space free of vegetation to allow faster moving vehicles to pass. Always be careful to not widen the trail – find a location with added width.
King of the Hill
When two vehicles meet on an incline, the vehicle that is ascending (climbing) has the right of way. This is one of those common-sense situations, the vehicle traveling uphill will likely need to maintain momentum to make the climb. Additionally, it’s often more difficult and dangerous to back down a steep narrow trail. However, if it is easier and there is room for the uphill vehicle to pull over, it doesn’t make sense to expect the downhill vehicle to back up the hill. In some situations, it may make sense to send a spotter up on foot to make sure the trail is clear and to warn oncoming vehicles.
Additional Rules of Right of Way
On multi-use trails, remember to yield the trail and be prepared to stop when passing a non-motorized trail user. Mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners have the right of way and be especially careful when approaching horses and other livestock. Also remember to mind your dust, slow down when you pass other vehicles, hikers, bikers and campsites.
Make A Pass
Always pass on the left side and signal to the vehicle you are passing to inform their party of how many vehicles remain in your group. For instance, two fingers indicate that you have two riders behind you and one finger means that there is one more behind you. If you are the last rider in your group, a closed fist indicates that there are no more vehicles in your group.
Leave No Man Behind
When out on Colorado’s trail system everyone relies on each other, especially in remote areas. If you see someone stopped on the side of the road, ask if help is needed and be prepared to give it. As a motorized user, you may have the ability to call for help or to seek help much faster than hikers or bikers. When a breakdown or problem occurs within your own group keep your crew together until the problem is resolved. Leave no man (or woman) behind to fend for themselves.
Never Drink and Drive
This one should go without saying, but just to be clear, save happy hour for the campfire. Drinking alcohol while operating a UTV or dirt bike is extremely dangerous, endangering not only you but everyone else on the trail.
Leave No Trace
No one wants to ride on a trash-covered trail. Follow the principles of the Leave no Trace campaign, if you pack it in, pack it out. Or, better yet, carry a trash bag with you and leave the area better than you found it. This includes picking up your brass if you plan to do any shooting and the area allows it.
Respect Others and Have Fun
While many of these tips are common sense, be sure to keep them in mind whenever you venture onto our Colorado trails. If everyone does their part, follows the rules and has a good time we can preserve our trails for years to come. If you’re ready to put these etiquette tips to use stop by to see us today! We rent dirt bikes as well as 2 person or 4 person UTV’s and on-road slingshots too! Whatever type of thrill you’re after Adrenaline Driven Adventures has a toy for you!
There’s no better way to enjoy Grand Junctions’ natural beauty than on a set of wheels designed for dirt, mud, and everything in between. And here at Adrenalin Driven Adventure Company (ADAC), you don’t have to own your own wheels to experience the thrills. We have dirt bike rentals for riders of all skill levels ranging from newbie to pro. If you’re ready for a little off-the-beaten-path adventure, we have just the bike for you. But, if you’re a beginner there are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to know before you leave the rental lot. Follow this advice, and you’ll be a dirt bike legend in no time. Well, maybe not a legend, but with this sage advice you’ll be tearing up the trails without delay.
You Can’t Cut Corners When it Comes to Safety
Both the trail and the weather can be unpredictable here in Grand Junction. When you rent a dirt bike, some corners just can’t be cut, and safety is one of those corners. Always tell someone your travel/trial plans and your expected return time. Remember that cell coverage can be spotty on our trail systems. Be conscious of your clothing and dress accordingly, sturdy shoes, preferably riding boots and long pants are required. We also rent additional gear packages that include boots, pants, jerseys, helmets, goggles, gloves, and PPE.
Start Slowly (Paddle Along)
We know that you’ve rented a dirt bike to get some speed, but while learning to get moving, start out slow. As you gain forward momentum on the bike, don’t be too quick to pull your feet up. Riders who put their feet on the pegs too quickly tend to let out the clutch too quickly. Instead, paddle your feet along the ground with the bike as you get up to speed.
A Dirt Bike is NOT a Bicycle
Dirt bike rigging is a whole body sport. On a bicycle you sit heavy in the seat with your elbows down. Dirt biking is not a leisure ride through the park. A dirt bike stance should be alert and aggressive to soak up bumps and give the rider better control. Sit forward on your dirt bike with your knees gripping the bike. By squeezing with your knees, you can use your leg power to tilt and turn the bike. Your weight should be on the foot pegs and your back should be straight. This will give you more power for quick turns and better control if you start to lose traction.
The Clutch isn’t Like a Car’s
The clutch on a dirt bike is an amazing thing. The first thing you’ll want to learn is that you can use the clutch almost like a panic button. That’s because when you pull the clutch, it disengages power to the rear wheel. A dirt bike's clutch is your best friend if you’re a new rider. Remember to keep your fingers on the clutch whenever the bike is moving forward. This is a good practice to develop starting with your very first ride. Another thing to remember is that unlike car, you don’t need the clutch to downshift, only when switching up gears. If you’re learning to downshift for the first time, this article could help.
Know Your Limits
Avoid bravado and don’t give in to peer pressure. When you first take a foray into dirt bike riding, focus on enjoyment and refrain from trying to show off skills you haven’t fully mastered. Don’t be tempted to rent more bike than you can handle. For older beginners we recommend the CRF 110, younger riders should look at the CRF 50. Adult riders should consider the CRF 250F or the CRF 125 BIG WHEEL.
Follow The Rules
At ADAC you must be 21 to rent a dirt bike and have a valid driver’s license. Children are allowed to ride, but they must be accompanied by adults. You will also be required to provide proof of insurance. Extra riders and pets are not allowed so plan accordingly. You can find a complete list of rules here.
Book a Guided Tour
Spending a day out on the trails with a dirt bike or UTV is one of the best adventures you can experience in Grand Junction. We hope this list of tips and advice will help you to make the most of your dirt bike ride. At Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company, we recommend first-time riders book a 1/2-day guided tour which includes instruction from a knowledgeable guide. But whether this is your first time out on the trails or you are a seasoned pro we have the bike or UTV you’re looking for. Contact us today!