"As with anything there are a few bad apples," Swalberg said. "But I
think the vast majority are respectful of the resources and the park."It doesn’t matter that the majority are respectful as long even a
small percentage of ATV riders act like renegades. Damage is damage, and even if
it is only inflicted by 5% of all riders, that equates to thousand of people
abusing public lands with these destructive machines. ATV riders are
the first ones to cry foul when a trail is closed, but it is always their own
fault. These arrogant throttle-twisters have no respect for the earth, and their
motorized exploits are seldom about enjoying nature. Too many
able-bodied riders are just out to test the capabilities of their machines with
little regard for the environment or other trail users. How you enjoy nature
when you can’t hear it over the rumble of an engine? How can you enjoy the
sights and smells of nature through dust clouds and the noxious odor of exhaust
fumes? ATVs should be relegated to designated areas where their
riders can’t despoil the trail experience for everyone.
@environmental idiot - driving on the freeway all day is exhausting too.
Doesn't mean it's athletic.
The ATV have become larger and louder. Time to regulate.
I didn't bother to read the article because of the recklessness and
irresponsibility shown in the first picture. No safety equipment and riding
double. Like a lot of things these machines are killing machines in the hands of
unskilled, irresponsible, immature individuals.
ATV riding can be anything from "extreme" to passive. Dear, Mr mcdugall
if you think ATV riding is or can not be athletic I would be glad to take you
for a ride that I guarantee will leave you totally exhausted at the end of the
day. One needs to experience it to appreciate it. ATVs are not going away.
It's probably the only outdoor recreation that is growing in the US.
Hunting is declining. Fishing is being so over regulated by agencies it's
not fun anymore and youth are not being recruited into the sport. Without
something to encourage people into the outdoors the land becomes just another
story. Heard about, but not cared about.
I'm an old guy, so I remember what Utah looked like before the pestilence
of ATV's showed up in our state and the west. If all riders stayed on roads
and trails, I'd just shrug my shoulders and say it's not my cup of hot
chocolate. But they don't. A significant percentage of riders-and this was
mentioned in the article-just cannot help themselves. Some deep seated drive
leads them across wet meadows, up grassy hillsides, and into areas where they
have been told not to go.The sooner this ATV scourge passes from our
beautiful state, the better.
Always comical to see the D-News's choice of words: "In an era of rebel
ATV rides into closed trails..." Uh, so now illegal and reckless activities
are called "rebel" activities? Just some "rebels" who spray
painted graffiti on the side of a school, or rebels who robbed a bank, or rebels
who committed a hit and run?
"We have certainly seen the demand go up," Swalberg said."It's
everything from an extreme sport to a family sport." You're kidding
right? Ridding an ATV is not a sport. That's like suggesting people who
commute in their vehicles every day are world class athletes.
It was good to see that some of the people wore protective equipment. Then there
was the two in shorts and t-shirts. There are two kinds of riders; those who
have crashed and those who have not crashed YET. If you are going to ride ATVs
or motorcycles you should wear long sleeves (jackets-better) long pants, gloves
and a helmet. Goggles even better. Protective equipment should be worn
whenever you are riding. Getting hurt ends the fun. Have FUN!!! Do it safe.
This is not the kind of ATV riding people want or need. This pay to ride or use
government regulated trail is an affront to legal use of land by private
citizens and this is the kind of land use controls our governor will force
individual out of areas to promote commercial land use. This trail being renamed
to a public park means you can't carry a gun or weapon to fight off bears
or mountain lions attacking riders.No this picnic ride is not open
use of ATV's, it might be acceptable to easterners or foreigners but riding
park trails is restricted and expensive high cost state profiteering by denying
the public their right to free range riding and exploration done in respect to
the land. Utah has a double edged government and if they can't sell the
public their services we pay taxes to have then it becomes an illegal use of
land. Parks trails and land is property of the citizens of the state to exploit
and double tax to use.