Did you know Fort Riley has
more than 235 acres in Training Area 10 approved for all-terrain vehicles and
dirt bike recreations use? Besides ATV and dirt bike recreation use, a portion of
TA-10 also is certified by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute for
training Soldiers and civilian employees who operate an ATB as required by the
job description. Soldiers, family members and DA civilians who are riding
enthusiast or just discovering the excitement of off roading are free to chase
their inner adventurer on these trails.
Recently, the Directorate of
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation received a grant to construct two
loading ramps at the north and south entry points into TA 10 through the Yamaha
OHV Grant Initiative. The ramps will help mitigate potential injuries or
equipment damage from vehicle on and off loading in the ATV staging area. Fort
Riley is the first location in Kansas to receive funds from Yamaha Corporation to
improve its riding area to help maintain access for safe, responsible and
sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles.
Yamaha will present a check
for $7,822 to the USAG, Fort Riley Command, Directorate of Family, Morale,
Welfare and Recreation and the Garrison Safety Office at 1:30 p.m. July 29 at
Ware Parade Field. The Fort Riley community is encouraged to attend.
A recreational off-roader’s
first stop should be iSportsman.net, the Fort Riley home for recreational users
to gather information on all available opportunities and the regulations which
correspond. On the iSportman website, under Recreational Information, you can
download a map of the ATV area, ATV and Dirt Bike Operations Fact Sheet, and
both the ATV-Dirt Bike and Trail Riding Brochure for 2014.
The following are a few quick
tips to get you off roading safely:
• When planning a trip to the
ATV and dirt bike riding area, always inform someone else where you are going
and when you expect to return. Stick to your plan.
• Carry a first aid kit to
the riding area with you and know how to use it.
• Be sure your ATV or dirt bike
is in good condition.
• Ride within your limitations
and don’t execute maneuvers or jumps that are beyond your riding ability.
• Wear all your safety equipment
when riding. ATV and dirt bike motorcycle helmets, gloves, goggles, boots, long
pants and long sleeves are the minimum requirement.
• Limit speeds in areas
with which you are unfamiliar.
• Always walk the track and
area prior to riding it to familiarize yourself with changes
• When riding on tracks, hold
your line. Do not crisscross the track over jumps or on the ground when riding with
• Never disturb, kick or pick
up any item laying on the ground. Dangerous unexploded ordnance has been found
in all training areas at Fort Riley.
• Riding is permitted only during
• You must use the buddy system.
No individual checkins are permitted.
• All cars and trucks are restricted
to the parking area and must have a vehicle access permit displayed in the window.
• Riding in the ATV and
dirt bike riding area is restricted to off road quads – four wheelers and dirt
• It is unlawful for any
person to be in the ATV and dirt bike riding area after hours of darkness or
• Individual riders who are
16 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or someone living in the
same household who is 18 years and older.
• No alcoholic beverages
are allowed in the ATV and dirt bike riding area or parking lot.
Off-roading safety begins with being a responsible
rider and following not only the established rules, but also the rule of common
sense. In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 353
ATV-related fatalities. Many of the fatalities involved children, 16 years and
younger. Fort Riley rules and regulations are for your safety and security. For
more information, visit the iSportman.net website or call the Garrison Safety
Office at 785-239-3391.