Yes…Spring is the season of Idaho ATV riding! Some of us locals add a few seasons to the traditional big four. ‘High water season’ is a favorite of mine and stems from living on the banks of the un-dammed Salmon River, as we always have our eyes on water movement this time of year. Then there’s our guests’ favorite….the ‘ATV Season’.
It is simply beautiful this time of year and always a sure bet for ‘All Things ATV’ at Swiftwater RV Park, ony 17 miles from Hells Canyon Recreation Area in the north central Idaho region. Enjoy fun ATV or UTV trail riding in to the Idaho side of Hells Canyon and surrounding hills.
Outdoor motorized recreation is such a big deal in our area for a couple of reasons.
- There’s lots to explore! From Hells Canyon to Big Canyon, over to the Nez Perce National Forest and everywhere in between, this is definitely an ‘All Things ATV’ area!
- Guests simply ride out of the campground to begin their ATV or UTV adventure. No need to haul cargo trailers to a specific area to begin riding. It’s so easy here because all of the roads, whether paved or not, are ATV/UTV-friendly.
The entire state of Idaho is an outdoor recreation paradise and consequently there are several active motorized recreational vehicle and ATV-specific groups. I thought this would be a good time to post about some of those informative organizations.
Our local White Bird based club is Idaho Pathfinders Association (IPA). This is an active club that works for the public to keep trails open and emphasize efforts to be good stewards, to keep our forests clean, and to help protect individuals’ rights to ride trail machines on Public Lands. Lots of local members as well as members from afar. They offer a few public rides per year and several ‘members only’ rides.
Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC)
The Sharetrails/BRC organization is an Idaho corporation that formed in the late ’80’s as the ‘BlueRibbon Coalition’. They were instrumental in getting folks involved in the land use and access process. Today – with members in all 50 states – Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) maintains their headquarters in Pocatello, ID and remains a respected national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, while encouraging individual environmental stewardship. The organization looks forward to continuing its mission to “champion responsible use of public lands for the benefit of all recreationists” into the future.
Idaho State ATV Association (ISTATVA)
The goal of ISTATVA is to have a unified voice speaking for all ATV users and they foster, promote and encourage active recreational use of all-terrain-vehicles (ATV) throughout Idaho and surrounding areas. The association was born out of a 2009 merger of the Idaho ATV Association and the Gem State ATV Association. Their mission is to focus on six primary areas; Participation, Education, Land Management, Lobbying, Cooperation, and Advancement.
Idaho Recreation Council (IRC)
The IRC is a recognized, statewide, collaboration of Idaho recreation enthusiasts and others that identify and work together on recreation issues – in cooperation with land managers, legislators and the public – to ensure a positive future for responsible outdoor recreation access for everyone, now and into the future. Their multiple scope includes collaboration with Idaho recreation enthusiasts on the following activities: 4 x 4, Equestrian, Backcountry Aviators, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiles, Motorcycles, Rafts/Jet boats, ATV/UTV’s, RVers, Recreational Miners, and Rock Hounds. ? Our May 12 evening campout of tent campers from Idaho’s Biggest Subaru Meet are donating their event’s proceeds to IRC.
ATV Safety Institute (ASI)
Looking a bit more globally, the primary goal of the ATV Safety Institute is to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs, and thus reducing accidents & injuries resulting from improper ATV operation by the rider.
ASI is a division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), formed in 1988 in Southern California to implement a national expanded program of ATV safety education and awareness
Interestingly, they offer three unique e-learning courses to address basic ATV safety principles: one for teen and adult riders, one for youth, and one for people who will be supervising their youngsters or other young riders.
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