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  • Ride only where permitted.
  • Be courteous to other riders and hikers on the trail.
  • Ride on the right side of the trail.
  • When riding downhill, yield to uphill traffic. Uphill traffic may have difficulty starting again after stopping.
  • Announce your intention before passing.
  • Slow down when someone is passing you.
  • If you meet skiers, horses, hikers on snowshoes, or dog sleds coming from the opposite direction, slow down, pull over, and yield the right-of-way.
  • If you stop to talk to others on the trail, be polite and remove your helmet. Also remove your helmet before you go into a gas station, store, or other location where you may have contact with others. A helmet masks your features and can be intimidating.
  • Be safe and considerate when you stop along the trail. Never stop side-by-side, in the middle of the trail, at the crest of a hill, or around a corner on the trail. Also, never block an intersection. Remember to shut off your engine.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Report downed trees, hazards, or other obstructions to the DNR, local snowmobile club, or groomer operators.
  • Report illegal riding.
  • Carry out what you carry in.

Snowmobile Trail Groomers

Snowmobilers always should watch out for grooming equipment on the trails. In addition, snowmobile trail groomer operators try to warn snowmobilers that the trail is being groomed.

  • Grooming equipment often has an amber or orange lighted beacon on top of the cab.
  • Some groomers have an audio warning beacon that transmits a warning signal. If your helmet is equipped with a helmet communicator that can receive the signal, you will hear the signal before you see the groomer. Then you also can warn others who are riding with you.
Helmet communication