ATV ride highlights need for respect as well as adventure

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    June 24, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    "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.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    June 23, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    @environmental idiot - driving on the freeway all day is exhausting too. Doesn't mean it's athletic.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    The ATV have become larger and louder. Time to regulate.

  • Big Joe V Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 23, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    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.

  • environmental idiot Sanpete, UT
    June 23, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Buzzards LEHI, UT
    June 23, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    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.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    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?

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    June 23, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    "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.

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    June 23, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    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. JMHO

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 23, 2014 2:59 a.m.

    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.