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n00b question re: gates & private property

Discussion in 'Americas' started by stuckthrottle, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. stuckthrottle

    stuckthrottle Adventurer

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    Last year I was cited for deviating off the main path and tresspasing. The BLM ranger was pretty cool though (after giving me the ticket) and told me about the rights and wrongs and even told me of a few "secret" places to check out.
    Can you guys point me in the right direction to find the laws about riding in private and public land, opening gates with no locks, etc.

    Thanks.
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  2. Burtonridr

    Burtonridr Wanderlost

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    google your local fish and game website or call them and ask them where you can get the info. It can vary from state to state.
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  3. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    i do know you should always follow the "cowboy code" when it comes to unlocked gates:

    if the gate was open leave it open and if the gate was closed, close it again behind you:norton




    personally, i'd be more worried about gun-toting pot farmers than the local law enforcement :stoned
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  4. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    I can't tell where you are from so this may not apply, But here in Colorado You and you alone are responsible to know if you are on private property or not. It does not even have to be posted. And yes always leave gates as you find them. If it is open leave it open. If it is closed then close it behind you.

    Cheers.
    Marc
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  5. stuckthrottle

    stuckthrottle Adventurer

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I'm in San Diego, Ca.
    I'll google it again and see if I can find something relevant deeper in the results.
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  6. Burtonridr

    Burtonridr Wanderlost

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    If your in south cal your fucked :oscar


    jk kidding good luck :beer
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  7. stuckthrottle

    stuckthrottle Adventurer

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    yeah, it sucks. But baja is only a 5 minutes away.
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  8. rich_mc

    rich_mc Full Fledged MEM-Ber

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    Maybe a stupid question, but why would there be a gate if it's public??

    In the past, to me, a gate has meant private and it's the point where I turn around.....

    Is it a bend the law and pretend you didn't see the gate??
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  9. approachbears

    approachbears 250cc is 50cc too many

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    Plenty of gates in the Southwest and Rockies are on open access, gov't land that ranchers are paying to run cattle on. You gotta look for signs, though as previously stated, if there's no sign it doesn't necessarily mean its allowed.
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  10. rich_mc

    rich_mc Full Fledged MEM-Ber

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    Gotcha....Thanks.
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  11. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Go here. It's a list of all the OHV trails in So Cal and what you can and can't do. I'm not sure they go so far as listing all the backroads, but there is much information on the many areas that BLM over sees.
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  12. lovias

    lovias Been here awhile

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    It is not all that unusual for farmers/ranchers to string gates across public roads in back areas. Sometimes just to keep cattle in but sometimes to keep strangers out even tho it is a public road/cowpath.
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  13. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Just learn the local customs because different places have different rules, and always respect private property.
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  14. stuckthrottle

    stuckthrottle Adventurer

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    thanks for all the replies.
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