Recreational Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles

Idaho’s Interactive Trail Map

OK, adventure junkies, let’s take a look at Idaho’s interactive trail map below to see up-to-date information on the current trail conditions in the Heise, Idaho area.

The Heise, Idaho area around Mountain River Ranch is the perfect place to go whether you have an ATV, dirt bike, or side by side.

Intro

There’s nothing like tackling various terrain on your dirt bike & ATV/UTV. Whether you like dirt biking, single riding on ATVs or riding with friends on side-by-sides, there’s nothing like tearing up the trails on an off-road adventure. Lucky for you, we’ve got a interactive chart of the best ATV/UTV trails for off-roading so you can get the most out of your vehicle in the Heise, Idaho area around Mountain River Ranch.

Before you hit the trails, there are a few things you should consider: the type of vehicle you’re driving, your skill level, the terrain of where you’re riding, and the difficulty of those trails. Once you’ve learned and established how you ride, you should be ready to go—but don’t forget about your safety!

ATV Riding Beginner Tips

There’s a lot to learn before you fire up your ride and hit the Heise trails. To make sure you’re doing things right on each new adventure, it’s really important that you educate yourself. By getting familiar with ATV riding best practices, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running! Take a look at these ATV safety tips — you’ll find our riding advice for beginners can make 4-wheeling safe and fun.

101 – Know Your ATV Safety Basics

When just starting out, keep it simple and get to know your ride over time. Here are a few good ideas that can make your ATV experience a safe one:

    • Start with a simple machine. Picking up a high-performance ride may sound fun, but too much power can be bad. The last thing you need is to lose control of your ATV early on.
    • Check out the owner’s manual. You’ll be able to pinpoint what items are where and find out how to operate your vehicle the right way.
    • Educate yourself first. Before you fire up your all-terrain vehicle, invest a few hours in hands-on ATV safety training. The ATV Safety Institute is a great place to start. Each Rider Course offers thorough ATV training, and some states offer training subsidies, so check with your DMV. If you’ve recently purchased your ATV, training may be free.
    • Make sure you have solid footing. As a new rider, you’ll have enough to think about without worrying about what to do with your feet. With Nerf bars and heel guards, you’ll get the stability you need.
      Nerf bars are like giant foot pegs that allow you to keep your feet planted during your ride. Heel guards keep your feet where you want them, giving you more control while riding.
    • Stay off the street. ATVs are typically licensed for “off-highway” use and are not safe or designed to be driven on certain pavements. Also, it may be illegal. In order to drive on the roads here in Idaho, you must have a valid drivers license, have liability insurance, and have the required equipment.

Safety Tips for Off-Roading

  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed (watch your speed around corners!)
  • Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet. We highly recommend wearing goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves for ultimate protection
  • Follow the rules and regulations of the area where you’re riding
  • Establish ground rules if you are in a group
  • Choose the right ATV/UTV for your age/skill level
  • No passengers on single-rider ATVs
  • Never ride under the influence
  • Kids under 16 should be supervised

Also please respect mother nature. Take out everything you take in and don’t create excessive silt and soil erosion by driving ATVs in stream beds. It is everyone’s responsibility to practice trail preservation so others can use the trails and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in the future.

Photo by Elievan Junior