So, you’ve traveled up and down the Snake River on one of our amazing jet boat tours, and you’re ready to explore Hells Canyon in a brand new way. One that gets you in touch with the trees, earth, and hills that line the canyon. Lucky for you, Killgore Adventures offers exciting escapes on land and water thanks to our ATV tours. But if you’ve never been on an ATV before, the experience can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when on your first ATV tour adventure.

All The Gear, All The Time

It might be tempting to hop on the nearest ATV, rip on the throttle and tear off into the sunset of Hells Canyon, but before you do, make sure to take the time to put on all of the protective gear. At minimum, you should be wearing a helmet, gloves, boots that cover your ankles, and goggles. It doesn’t take long to put these items on, and you’ll thank yourself later in the unfortunate event of a crash or roll over. Make sure that all of this protective gear fits snuggly, not tight. You’ll want to be comfortable while also being safe.

Lift Your Feet Up

On your first ATV ride, it can be exhilarating to look down and see the ground race past your feet as they dangle mere inches above the earth. But as tempting as this is, don’t let your feet hang to the side of the ATV. Keep your feet firmly planted on the foot pegs or running boards. Loose feet can be caught on branches or rocks on the ground and cause an injury. They can also be caught by the moving tires which can even kick you off the bike. Make sure your feet make it to the end of the ride and keep them up.

Take It Easy

There’s no denying that an ATV tour is one of the most exciting ways to explore Hells Canyon, but it’s important that you don’t outpace your ability level. Make sure to carefully listen to your tour guide and pay attention to their instructions about how to operate the ATV. You accelerate by using the thumb lever, which is more sensitive than many realize. Easy does it with the acceleration; you don’t want to lose control! Make sure you’re familiar with how to use the brakes and come to gradual stops. Being mindful of the brakes allows you to maneuver over difficult terrain and get around tight corners.

Take A Stand

While you can sit on your ATV for the entirety of your tour, where’s the fun in that? Stand up on the foot pegs, and you’ll find that you won’t be as fatigued at the end of your ride. The ATV moves more freely beneath you, and you won’t feel each and every bump in the road.

Ready to explore the beautiful landscapes of Hells Canyon? Sign up for your ATV tour with Killgore Adventures today!