The Sun Valley Region is fortunate to enjoy so many trails for so many different users. With that offering, we all own the responsibility of respecting trail etiquette and stewardship to enhance the trail experience for all of us while limiting conflicts between different potential uses. Please take a look at recommended etiquette for all types of use below:
WOOD RIVER TRAIL: SHARE THE TRAIL ...RULES TO LIVE BY
- Please be respectful of other users, regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill.
- Don't block the trail, keep right, except to pass.
- Slower traffic has the right-of-way.
- Bikers - yield to traffic, when crossing trails and roads. Anticipate traffic on curves and intersections. yield to pedestrians and equestrians.
- Don't spook the horses! Slow down, speak to them when passing.
- Give advance notice before passing, use voice or bell.
- Helmets save lives! Please wear one.
- Control your dog or keep on a leash.
- Pack it in, pack it out! Keep the trails clean.
- Control your speed, know your limit - ride within it!
- Be on the look out for goats! BCRD is experimenting with grazing goats for weed mitigation as an alternative to conventional spraying.
GRAZING (Cattle or Sheep)
Here's a link to a great video from the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commision and their Care/Share program on how to find information about grazing operations and how to interact with them in the field:
- Yield to hikers, runners & horses.
- Downhill bikers yield to uphill bikers.
- Stop! Yield with one foot on the ground and two wheels on the trail when yielding to hikers, runners & bikers. Don’t ride parallel to the trail.
- When encountering another user from behind, slow down, announce your presence and ask to pass. If you encounter sheep or cattle on a road or trail, make them aware of your presence, dismount if appropriate, and move slowly by without startling them.
- Promote a good trail ethic — Always slow down and say hello when encountering other users.
- Control your speed
- Ride, don't slide. Do not skid.
- Don't cut corners or curves.
- Stay on the trail.
- Group Ride Etiquette -
- Ride in groups no larger than 10 or 12. If you have a larger number of riders, please consider splitting your group up and either leaving at different times, or riding different loops.
HIKERS & RUNNERS
- Please help us keep our singletrack trails from becoming roads by doing the following:
- Walk or run single file, rather than abreast of each other. Walking or running side by side kills trailside vegetation and turns our trails into roads.
- When yielding the trail, step toward the side, stop, and wait for the other user to pass. Continuing to run off-trail leads to trail braiding and widening.
- When other users yield to you, stay on the trail. Don’t walk or run off-trail to get around them.
- If you encounter sheep or cattle on a road or trail, make them aware of your presence and move slowly by without startling them.
- If you use ear phones, consider turning the volume low enough so that you can hear other trail users who are attempting to ask if they can pass you.
- Group Run Etiquette - Hike or run in groups no larger than 10 or 12. If you have a larger number in your group, please consider splitting your group up and either leaving at different times, or using different loops.
- Make sure your horse has the temperament and training for riding on congested public trails. Busy multi-use trails are not the proper place for schooling green horses.
- Advise other trail users of your horse's temperament, e.g. a horse with a tendency to kick should always wear a red ribbon on the tail or a stallion should wear a yellow ribbon. Assume that not everyone will know what these ribbons mean, so be prepared to explain or take the necessary precautions to avoid trouble.
- Obey posted speed/gait limits and use common sense in crowded areas. Cantering/galloping on crowded trails endangers everyone.
- Move to the right to allow faster trail users to pass.
- Announce your intentions to pass other trail users and reduce speed in order to pass safely. Pass on the left only.
- Remove your horse from the trail if you begin experiencing behavior problems.
- Stay on equestrian approved trails.
- As a courtesy to others in your group, use appropriate hand signals for turning, slowing, etc., and give verbal warning for dangers on the trail (e.g. holes, low branches).
- Remember that other trail users may not be familiar with horses or their reactions to new experiences. Your horse may be another trail users introduction to horses, what you do is a reflection of the local horse community. Cheerfully answer questions about your horse. You are an ambassador for the entire equestrian community.
- Do not clean out your trailer in the parking area.
- On multiple use trails, step off the trail (if possible) if your horse needs to relieve himself or kick the droppings off the trail.
ATV & MOTORCYCLES
- Know and obey rules and laws
- Expect and respect other users
- Stay on the trail
- Do not disturb plants or animals
- Do not litter, and leave the trail cleaner than you found it
- Respect private property and local residents
- Be prepared to ensure your safety and the safety of others
- Stay on the right; pass on the left
- Slow when approaching other travellers; yield to the faster traveller
- Be corteous and communicate with other trail users
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear
- For trails that allow pets/horses: Control and clean up after your pet
- For trails that allow horseback riders: Pass horses/horseback riders with caution, making no sudden or loud movements