ATV Riding in Winter
If you have an ATV, you probably only get to take it out and enjoy the trails in the summer. Well, you don’t have to wait until summer to use your ATV anymore. You can enjoy riding your ATV all year long, even in the midst of winter.
Where to Ride
Some states have special ATV trails, whether in the desert, sand dunes, forests or plains. You can surely find some areas that are open and available in winter. For example, in the Pacific Northwest state of Oregon, there is a place called the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. It is open all winter long to ATV riders. This massive natural sand dunes area lies right next to the ocean in the middle of the Oregon Coast. Since it is so close to the ocean, the temperatures year round are moderate, it doesn’t get too hot or cold. It is also nestled among beautiful rainforests and lakes. The area is simply stunning and would make a great trip any time of the year, but in the winter, its even better as you will have the dunes practically all to yourself.
Other great bets for where to ride include the desert, if you have one near you. If you live in the southwest United States, you can visit the desert in California, Arizona or Nevada. These areas will often offer you warm, but not hot days and cool nights, so the temperatures are perfect for ATV riding.
When ATV riding, especially in winter, you will need to take some safety precautions. Always make sure you have a communications device with you, should you get stuck somewhere along a trail or have an accident. You can carry either a phone or walkie-talkie or both. Also, never go riding alone, always have someone else with you. Also, be careful of winter weather conditions, get a weather forecast before you head out so you know what to expect.
Preparing Your ATV
In the wintertime, make sure your ATV is completely tuned up, make sure to check the oil, all the gauges, belts, and safety harnesses or safety equipment. Most importantly, don’t forget to do a comprehensive check of the tires to make sure they have the appropriate amount of air in them and have no holes or other problems.
When heading out in to the cold on your ATV, you will want to make sure you have some important accessories that will keep you warm, comfortable and safe. First of all, having a great, waterproof, windproof jacket is critical for keeping warm and staying dry on the trails. Next, consider a helmet, preferably one with a facemask that will keep the cold from hitting your face. If your helmet does not have a facemask, consider using a pair of goggles to protect your eyes at least.