We are hoping to understand how your OHV recreation habits have evolved while dealing with COVID-19
Please click the link below to take a short questionnaire about how your recreation habits evolve while we all implement precautions related to COVID -19.
NOHVCC hopes to send this survey out several times during the course of the outbreak to track how opinions and behavior change over time.
NOHVCC encourages everyone to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, federal, state and local governments and to take precautions that make sense for you and your family. We also recognize that States have different protocols in place so some enthusiasts may have more opportunity to get to OHV trails and areas than others.
If you choose to get outdoors during this time to engage in OHV recreation here are some guidelines.
Unfortunately we will need to postpone the second round of listening sessions to develop a statewide OHV Action Plan for Colorado. These meetings, which were scheduled from April 27 - May 4, were meant to give us a chance to engage with Western Slope communities. We will keep you posted as new meeting dates and times are identified. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
For those who choose to ride during "social distancing" - some guidelines for safe OHV recreating are below:
NOHVCC recently drew your attention to U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service guidance, indicating that opportunities to continue dispersed recreation may remain during the current reality we are all facing as a result of COVID-19. It is possible to abide by social distancing and other recommended guidelines while getting outdoors and engaging in all sorts of recreation – including OHV recreation. But, ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide if getting outdoors is the right thing to do.
NOHVCC always believes in safe and responsible recreation – this is the core of NOHVCC’s ethic; however, safety is even more important than ever if you choose to ride in the near future. Many hospitals are at or near capacity. This may not only make it difficult for you to get the care you need should you get injured, you may also turn the attention of hospital staff away from focusing on addressing the needs of other patients.
Please carefully consider the potential implications should you hit the trails. Make decisions that make sense for you and your family and that abide by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal, state, and local agencies and governments.
Some general guidelines, should you choose to engage in OHV recreation during this situation:
Contact the riding area in advance – they may be closed.
Visit cdc.gov for information on the latest recommendations and guidelines – follow them!
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact, especially with people who are ill.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
As ALWAYS – wear all appropriate safety gear. For ATVs, ROVs, and dirt bikes this includes: a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Ride or drive on trails that do not challenge your skill level – now is not the time for technical obstacles.
Ride or drive at significantly reduced speeds. Enjoy the scenery. Stop for lunch and take in the fresh air and sounds that come with being outdoors.
Abide by social distancing recommendations. Ride in pairs or small groups. Keep in mind that others you come across on the trail may stay farther away than normal and may not want to engage in conversation.
Experience nearby trails. This is not the time to load up the truck and try a riding area that you’ve always wanted to try but is 1,000 miles away. Comply with recommendations to stay near to home.
If you are at all uncomfortable for any reason about getting out on the trail – DON’T GO!
If you feel sick – DON’T GO!
Recreation is an important part of life – studies show it makes us happier and healthier. However, we are experiencing a unique reality right now. NOHVCC encourages you to make good decisions, comply with mandates and guidelines from relevant authorities, and to stay safe.