|Topic: Off Road Etiquette - Driving in Restricted Areas|
driving on public lands, whether a in National Park, in a National
Forest, or on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, pay special
attention to areas where special restrictions for off-road vehicles
apply. Designated "wilderness" areas are almost always closed
to off-road vehicles of any type. Other areas may be closed due to
sensitive plant or animal life.
Most off road trails (usually marked with a vertical marker as shown in these photographs) are marked with symbols that show vehicles allowed or disallowed on the trail. In the top photograph, we can see that the road is open to motorcycles and 3 or 4 wheelers. In the lower photograph, we can see from the red line through the symbols that the trail is closed to motorcycles, jeeps (and all other 4 wheel drive vehicles including SUV's), and 3 or 4 wheelers. In other words, this trail is closed to all motorized travel.
Look at the picture below. This vehicle is starting down a seldom traveled dirt path into the Everglades National Park in Florida. You may be virtually certain that the park rangers are not going to take kindly to this off road travel! While the road is not marked restricted, travel off roads in most National Parks is severly restricted.
Check a map for the area you are traveling. Many maps contain road restriction information.
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