The Trails at the U.S. Forest Service Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District near Halsey are OPEN!
The Halsey Trails Club will be having their Annual trail work day Saturday May 14, 2016 at the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. The work day will involve riding on the trails and cleaning out cattle guards at fence crossings and trimming trees. It's a good day to help with the trails, meet Forest Service staff, learn more about the trails at Halsey and meet other riders. We will meet at parking lot at Forest Service parking area on Saturday May 14 at 9:00 AM, have a short meeting with forest service staff, enjoy rolls and coffee, and go to work by 9: 30. Please bring, shovels, rakes, clippers, saws and bring a sack lunch for on trail. There will be a pot luck dinner at the group camp ground at 5:00 PM, bring something to share, hamburgers, plates and drinks will be provided. Sunday May 15 will be a ride on your own day.
Riding Rules On All Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands
Use of a US Forest Service approved exhaust is required. No altered stock exhausts are allowed, and no loud aftermarket exhausts with or without spark arresters are allowed.
ATV trails are limited to motor vehicles up to 50 inches wide. UTVs wider than 50" are limited to trails designated as "Open To All Vehicles" on trail map .
Do not make new trails and always stay on existing marked trails. While on trails, yield to the right to oncoming traffic. No riding in rivers.
All riders must have a valid driverís license or be under the direct supervision of responsible adult. Safety gear such as good helmets, goggles, over ankle boots, etc., are recommended for you and your familyís protection.
Please, only one person per ATV unless the ATV is designed for two people.
People on horseback may be enjoying the trails also. Many horses can be startled by ATVs and dirtbikes on the trails and this could cause injury to those on the horse and to ATV and dirtbike riders as well. When people riding horses are encountered in trails or roads, pull over, shut off your engine and allow them to pass. Close all gates that you open.
All ATV, UTV and dirtbike riders are required to ride responsibly and have their machines under control at all times. While riding on all trails, slow down and stay right to oncoming traffic and other trail users.
Daily use fee is $3.00 for
using the picnic area and parking in the main parking area to ride off
The Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Bessey Ranger District Office is located in the main Bessey Recreation complex and campground. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Phone number is at 308-533-2257. Detailed maps are available at the Bessey Ranger District office.
Digital Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMS) are available for your smartphone or tablet, and they will work even in areas with poor cell signal. For more information, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nebraska/home/?cid=STELPRDB5436126
What the Halsey Trails Club is all about -
In addition to our trail user education efforts, HTC plans to organize trail users to help with maintenance of trails and trail planning at Bessey.
The HTC is funded by voluntary fee's paid by members of the Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Association in order to promote understanding and communication among trail users at Bessey, and to encourage people to become involved in trail maintenance and education of trail users. The trails at the Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District are owned, managed and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. NOHVA or any of it's volunteers do not own, manage or supervise any part of the area. NOHVA helps with the riding area and helps pay the bills as directed and supervised by the U.S. Forest Service.
While this video is filmed at a different National Forest, it's principals still apply at our local National Forest http://youtu.be/OjcXivy3b8c
Questions and Answers, Nebraska National Forest ATV, UTV and Dirtbike Riding Rules and Guidelines -
Can I ride my ATV, UTV or Dirtbike in camp grounds? While in any campgrounds, ATV and dirtbike travel is limited only to and from and your camp site/parking spot and trails. No ATV, UTV or dirtbike travel in main camp ground to restrooms, shower, etc. or "tuning up". NO TRAVEL OR ENGINE NOISE AFTER 10 PM AND BEFORE 8 AM in ALL camp grounds. In the main camp ground, please avoid parking ATVs or dirtbikes on grass or other vegetation.
Where can I ride an ATV, UTVs or Dirtbike? With the exception of the Dismal Trail access road, all gravel and paved roads are closed to ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles that do not have license plates. ATV, UTV and dirtbike travel is prohibited on Circle Road, Natick Road, Gaston Road, road to the Lookout Tower and on FS 277 (trail to the White tail camp ground) POSSIBLE FINE $$$ IF USING THESE ROADS. ATVs and dirtbikes on ATV trails, no UTVs. ATVs and UTVs wider than 52 inches wide are prohibited for use on Forest Service ATV trails. UTVs wider than 52" must use
My ATV or UTV has a license plate from another state and is legal there. Can I ride on the roads and trails in Nebraska? ATVs and UTVs licensed and plated in other states are not allowed to ride on the roads in our state. It is against the law to operate an ATV, UTV or off road use only motorcycle in Nebraska for recreation on any road, street or highway.
Can I ride off the trails? RIDERS MUST STAY ON EXISTING TRAILS. MAKING NEW TRAILS IS PROHIBITED!! See the Motor Vehicle use map for trails that are open to you and your type of machine.
What about the exhaust on my ATV or Dirtbike? All ATVs, UTVs, dirtbikes, off-road vehicles MUST HAVE exhausts that prevent fires and must be U.S. Forest Service Approved. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH IMPROPER EXHAUST - YOU WILL BE $$$$ FINED. The muffler, silencer and/or spark arresters must have "U.S. Forest Service Approved" stamped on itís side - no exceptions. Altered silencers with center core removed or in poor or leaky condition are prohibited.
Are there any age restrictions? Riders must be 16 years of age with valid drivers license or be under the direct supervision of responsible adult.
Is a helmet or other safety gear required? Safety gear like good helmet, goggles, over ankle boots, etc., are highly recommended for you and your families protection.
What should I do if I meet a horse rider on the trail? Many horses can be startled by ATVs, UTVs and dirtbikes on the trails and this could cause injury to those on the horse and ATV and dirtbike riders as well. When people riding horses are encountered in trails or roads, pull over, shut off your engine and allow them to pass.
What should I do about gates? Close all gates that you open or find open, and please, no littering! Take your trash with you
I hear there are a lot of people on the trails. What should I do to protect myself? While riding on all trails, stay right to on coming traffic. When approaching other trail users, slow down.
Who do I contact in an emergency? Nearest hospital is 55 miles southeast in Broken Bow. Thedford has sheriff and ambulance. Call 911 for emergency . Cellular phone service is available across the forest. Best reception is on top of hills.
Anything else I should know before I hit the trails? Weather conditions can change quickly, check forecast before riding. It is easy to get lost, be sure to take along a map and compass while riding and NEVER ride alone. Take water with you and maybe some food in case you break down or become lost. In the colder months, warm clothing is a must. Watch for rattle snakes, especially around prairie dog areas.
Who can I contact for more information? Call the Forest Service at 308-533-2257 or stop by main office about Ĺ mile west of main camp ground. Detailed maps are available at the Forest Service office or from this web site.
How can I help support ATV and Dirtbike trails here at the Nebraska National Forest? Follow the above rules and consider joining the Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Association (NOHVA) atwww.nohva.com/join-now.htm .
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