Posts Tagged ‘ORV’

Recreate safely and check your ORV for a spark arrestor

July 19, 2015

This summer, the Pacific Northwest has witnessed a rapid spread of wildfires. Because of this, it is vital that we do all we can to prevent additional fires from damaging our planet, hurting our communities, and putting our loved ones at risk. One simple action that can help prevent wildfires is making sure your off-road vehicle (ORV) has a spark arrestor. A spark arrestor is a small screen or object placed just a few inches inside your muffler and/or silencer. The spark arrestor traps the sparks from your vehicle and keeps them from reaching the ground.  Without a spark arrestor, there is a greater possibility of your ORV starting a wildfire.

DNR Natural Resources Police Officers conduct random checks on off-road vehicles for spark arrestors. Without a spark arrestor, you will be cited and fined. If you cause a wildfire, you are responsible for the suppression costs.

Learn how to check for a spark arrestor by watching the step-by-step video guide above.
Visit our website for more information about safe and fun recreation.

Stay up to date and subscribe to the DNR’s recreation e-newsletter.

Read the state’s rules for spark arrestors.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Sun, fun, and ORVs: Your motorized recreation guide

May 19, 2015

Did you know DNR has more than 400 miles of ORV trails ready for you to explore this summer? Follow this guide to fun and safe motorized recreation and enjoy spending your summer off-road vehicle riding on DNR-managed land.

Use the arrows to navigate or select the "autoplay" button on the bottom right. Full screen recommended.

Use the arrows to navigate or select the “autoplay” button on the bottom right. Full screen recommended.

Have a site in mind? Head to our website to see what’s open and closed.

Want to stay in the loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter.

Remember to bring your Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington’s Great Outdoors.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Join the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

March 18, 2014
Great Gravel Pack-In

Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers are happy to help, rain or shine!
Photo by: Diana Lofflin/DNR

Join DNR staff and volunteers from a variety of recreation interests for the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The Great Gravel Pack-In has become an annual tradition that showcases and celebrates the value of volunteers and importance of cooperative efforts. See photos from past events on the DNR Flickr page.

This Year’s Activities
Volunteers will help spread gravel and repair damaged sections of trails in Capitol State Forest. Some may also help clear storm debris and make basic improvements to Middle Waddell and Margaret McKenney campgrounds.

Join the Event

What 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In
When March 29, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where Capitol State Forest
Tacoma Trail Cruisers’ Property



Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Learn more about the Great Gravel Pack-In and other volunteer events on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

Invite your friends on Facebook. Come volunteer and be a hero for a day!

What to Expect
Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, and rain gear to this event. A barbeque lunch will be provided by the Tacoma Trail Cruisers.

We ask that children under the age of 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also, for the safety of horses and pack stock, please do not bring dogs.

Event Partners
A special thanks to the following groups for partnering with DNR on this event:

Discover Pass logoVolunteers can get rewards
Did you know that volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass for their service?

Get details.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Take the Reiter Foothills Forest ORV Trail Survey

February 7, 2014

Have you had a chance to ride the new 4×4, ATV, or single-track motorcycle trails at Reiter Foothills Forest?

Reiter 4x4

Tell us about your experience riding the new trails at Reiter Foothills Forest. Photo: DNR/Sue Jensen

DNR staff want to know what you think! In just five minutes, you can take the survey. Your input will help DNR staff to make informed decisions while shaping the future motorized trails.

Take the Survey
mouse graphicGo online and take the survey today at

Reiter dirt bike motorcycle

Trail construction at Reiter continues year-round.
Photo: DNR/Jessica Payne

Survey results will inform trail planners and land managers as they develop future recreation opportunities in the Reiter Foothills Forest.

Help us get the word out. Share the survey with your friends and family.

Reiter Foothills Forest Motorized Trail System
The motorized trail system at Reiter Foothills Forest is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Want to learn about the history and planning process? Need directions to Reiter? Or just want to know the nitty-gritty on the new trail systems?

Visit the Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Planning webpage and get maps, trail guides, and details on the area.

Volunteer at Reiter
February kicks off a new series of volunteer work parties at Reiter Foothills Forest.


Join DNR staff and other volunteers to build and maintain motorized and non-motorized trails at Reiter. Photo: DNR/Toni Droscher

These parties will focus on trail maintenance for the motorized trail system and trail construction for both the motorized and future non-motorized trail systems.

To get started, join DNR staff at the Deer Flats Mainline gate at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, to work trail maintenance on the ATV and single-track motorcycle trails.

Learn more and get directions on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a trip to Reiter!

November 27, 2013
Reiter 4x4

Challenge your skills this Thanksgiving holiday on new trails at Reiter Foothills Forest.
Photo by: DNR/David Way

A special “Thank you!” to volunteers from the off-road vehicle (ORV) community who have been staffing the gate to motorized trails at Reiter Foothills Forest this season.

Thanks to them, DNR has been able to keep the trails open much later in the season than we expected.

These same volunteers have gone above and beyond to make motorized recreation opportunities possible this holiday.

Thanksgiving Holiday Rides
Volunteers will keep gates open at Reiter Foothills Forest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Head up to Reiter and celebrate with friends or family this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (November 28 through December 1).

Remember – your Discover Pass is required to access the trails by vehicle. Find out if you need one for your ORV here.

Reiter Foothills Forest
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Reiter, there are a lot of new trails to ride. Whether you’re a dirt biker, an ATV rider, or a 4×4 rock crawler, you can find something to enjoy.


End summer the ‘Reiter-way’

September 12, 2013

As many of you may know, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opened new trails at Reiter to off-roaders for weekend use this past June. Now, there’s even more to celebrate!


Take the family on a beautiful adventure through Reiter’s new ATV Purple Line trail. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne

Today, DNR announced that two new sections are now open to the public. Load up the quad, the 4×4 truck, or dirt bike and enjoy the last days of summer adrenaline.

What weekend adventures should I expect at Reiter?
The ATV Purple Line and the 4×4 Connector Challenge trails are ready to be put to the test.

The new ATV Purple Line Trail is a breathtaking excursion through the sun-speckled understory of the forest.

The intimidating 4×4 Connector Challenge Trail is sure to give even the toughest Jeep a grappling test.

When can I go?
Reiter will be open on weekends until the end of September on the following schedule:

Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting in October, Reiter will be open Saturdays and Sundays only through the rest of the winter.

Keep posted on trail status by subscribing to our Northwest Region e-newsletter. Check out new trail maps, motorized trail rules, and 4×4 technical trail guidelines on our website. (more…)

Plan your summer getaway on DNR-managed land

July 22, 2013

Looking for inspiration for your next nature adventure? Try the Northeast Region of Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This region of DNR manages the northeastern corner of Washington State; counties like Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Spokane.

Too far to visit just to plan a vacation?
No worries, now you can take a virtual tour of many of the beautiful recreation sites this area has to offer on DNR’s Flickr page. Here’s a taste…

Starvation Lake Campground, Stevens County

Cold Springs, Loomis State Forest, Okanogan County

Sherry Creek ATV riders photo given to DNR curtacy of Gary and Ronda Nielsen

Like what you see?
DNR’s Northeast Region offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. With 27 recreational sites that include campgrounds near lakes and rivers, single-track motorcycle trails, high country hiking and horseback riding, and lowland hunting, you’re sure to find something for your friends and family to love. (more…)

Start your engines for the long-awaited opening of DNR’s ORV trails at Reiter!

June 11, 2013

Come out and ride the new trails at Reiter – Opening this weekend!
Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne

Blog updated October 22, 2013
Update: Winter schedule began October 1. Trails are open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through winter.

At least, the trails will be partially opened. On June 14, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opened recently completed ORV trails at Reiter Foothills near Gold Bar for you to fill this summer’s weekends with some rip-roaring action.

Come get some bragging rights
This course was designed with the help of local recreation enthusiasts in the community to give you a challenging, technical, bone-jarring ride that will put even seasoned riders to the test. Don’t you hate it when your friends discover something cool before you do? Don’t wait to hear stories about Reiter. You deserve to tell those tales yourself!

As a rider, you may ask yourself, “Five miles of trails? Is that really worth it?” and we can tell you, “Yes!” But don’t take our word for it — we’re challenging you to come out and see for yourself. (more…)

Volunteer at a National Trails Day event and make a difference!

May 13, 2013
Trails Day 2012 volunteers in Blanchard Forest. Photo by: DNR

Trails Day 2012 volunteers in Blanchard Forest. Photo by: Diana Lofflin, DNR

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is June 1. With the recent heat wave, it’s a great time to get out there and enjoy some of Washington’s beautiful trails. Celebrate National Trails Day® by volunteering to improve and develop the trails you love, at one of the many Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) events.

National Trails Day® is a celebration of the vast system of trails in the United States. All across the country organizations, as well as individuals, are organizing events to encourage people to experience the nature that surrounds them.

National Trails Day® is also a day to celebrate the volunteers that make it all possible. For every breathtaking view we have the chance to experience, there’s a volunteer who gave their time to share it with us.

Introduce a friend to Washington’s beautiful trails and invite them to one of these National Trails Day® volunteer events on June 1.

Tiger Mountain National Trails Day Event® – Near Tacoma

Help DNR and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance construct a new non-motorized trail in East Tiger Mountain State Forest. To join in the fun, please sign-up through the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Volunteers working on the Tarbell Trail. Photo by : Joshua Riepe

Volunteers work on the Tarbell Trail. Photo: Josh Riepe, DNR

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Maintenance Day June 1- National Trails Day – Near Colville

Come out to Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail and help get the trails ready for the busy season. Volunteers will clear trails of brush, limbs, and other debris. We will also be working to replace boards on bridges, clean out culvert headwalls, and digg out or install waterbars.

Blanchard Forest National Trails Day® Event – Near Bellingham

Join a variety of groups as they work together to clean up Blanchard Forest. There is work for all skill and fitness levels. North Cascade Soaring Club, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Skagit Chapter BCHW, Whatcom Chapter BCHW, and Whatcom Trails Cooperative are co-sponsoring the event.

Selah Cliffs NAP National Trails Day Event® – Near Yakima

Help pull knapweed along the valley bottom and clean-up the interpretative trail at Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve. Bring along work gloves, sturdy work shoes, lunch, water, sunscreen, and small digging tool if possible. Some tools will be available to use.

Reiter Foothills National Trails Day Event® – Near Gold Bar

Volunteers will work on ATV trails. Please bring your ATV and trailer to haul rock. If you don’t have one, there will also be opportunities to use powered wheel barrows, install signs, and other activities to build trails.

Tarbell Trail National Trails Day® Volunteer Event, Yacolt Burn – Near Vancouver

The Chinook Trail Association and volunteers will work on the Tarbell Trail between the L1300 Road and Cold Creek Day use area. We will harden the trail, do drainage maintenance, and possibly install skid resisters on puncheons.

Wedekind Trail National Trails Day® Volunteer Event, Capitol State Forest – Near Olympia

Join the Friends of Capitol Forest in replacing a section of old wooden puncheons with a number of culverts and improving drainage along the trail. Volunteers will also work on rehabbing the Wedekind Trail to remove fallen rocks and debris from the C-Line fire and fire fighting operations.

National Trails Day® on Mailbox Peak – Near North Bend

Join DNR and the Mountains to Sound Greenway at mailbox peak to continue construction of the new sustainable hiking trail. Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website to sign up for the event.

Nicholson Horse Trails Maintenance – Near Elbe

Join DNR and the Pierce County Backcountry Horsemen to do maintenance on Nicholson Horse Trail. Backcountry Horsemen will provide a late lunch at the end of the day for the trail workers.  Coffee and sweets in the morning!

Mt Tahoma Trails Maintenance June 1 and June 2– Near Ashford

Mt. Tahoma Trails Association and DNR will be working together to do trail maintenance on June 1 and June 2. To join in the fun meet at the Ashford Fire Station, at 29815 Hwy 706 E, by 10 a.m. Dinner on Saturday will be provided in Ashford by the Mt Tahoma Trails Association.

We’ll see you on the Trails!

If you’d like to know more about volunteer opportunities on DNR managed lands check out the DNR volunteer events page.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter

It’s National Volunteer Week and DNR’s motorized community is getting into gear!

April 22, 2013
A young volunteer lends a hand at the 2012 Beverly Dunes Clean-Up. Photo: Eastern Washington Adventures.

A young volunteer lends a hand at the 2012 Beverly Dunes Clean-Up. Photo: Eastern Washington Adventures.

April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has organized a number of opportunities to get involved and improve the recreation available to you on DNR-managed lands.

All across the country we are being reminded of the important role that volunteers have played in making America what it is today. 

More than 64 million people volunteered in 2012 in the United States. They donated personal time to help their communities—from serving food, to improving local parks, and fundraising for charitable organizations.

Why do people volunteer to help their community? Some do it because they feel the need to give something back. Some are looking for an opportunity to gain new skills. Others find that volunteering is just a great way to get out and meet like-minded people. Whatever the motivation, DNR appreciates the hard work people contribute every year.

Don’t forget to thank a volunteer next week.

DNR has planned the following events for the weekend of April 27 and 28. This is your chance to help improve recreation in your community.

Help fix trails this weekend in Little Pend Orielle. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey

Help fix trails this weekend in Little Pend Orielle. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey

Beverly Dunes Clean-Up, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch Group and DNR as they clean up Beverly Dunes. Please bring gloves, lunch, and water.
Contact Mike Williams at 509-925-0973 or

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Clean-Up – April 27-28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Help clean up Little Pend Oreille ORV area. Volunteer activities include clearing trails of blowdowns, limbs, and other debris. Please bring gloves, handsaw, axe, appropriate riding gear, lunch, and water.
Contact Kyle Pomrankey at 509-685-2719 or

Elbe ORV Trail Spring Clean-Up – April 27-28 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Join the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) and Elbe Focus Group for two days of spring cleaning at Elbe State Forest. Everyone should bring gloves, boots (or sturdy shoes), clothing appropriate for the weather, food and water. If you have shovels, rakes or pulaskis, bring them. Some tools will be available.
Contact Nancy Barker at 253-312-4301 or

Come out and volunteer to receive a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass. Check out more events for the weekend of April 27 & April 28 on our volunteer calendar.

You can find more information on these events on the DNR recreation and events page, and invite your friends to events on DNR’s Facebook page.

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter Join in the DNR Forum


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 270 other followers