Please consider the following tips to avoid conflicts with livestock:

  • Slow down to walking speed if you approach cattle in the trail. This is for your safety and the safety of livestock. Approach cattle very slowly and give them time to move off the trail.
  • If a cow runs down the trail in front of you, stop and wait, and let the animal move off the trail. It’s important not to herd cattle down the trail. You may be unwittingly driving calves away from their mothers and causing undue stress to the animals.
  • Passing through gates: If a gate is open, leave it open; if a gate is closed, ride through and close it behind you. If a gate is posted no trespassing, do not enter.
  • Don’t harm water tanks or water supply systems. Water is crucial for livestock and wildlife in this dry area.
  • Respect any BLM closures you may encounter. These closures were designed for the benefit and protection of administrative facilities, wildlife, sensitive plant species, and cultural resources throughout the area.
  • Leash dogs. Do not allow them to chase livestock, wild horses or wildlife.
  • If you see anyone harassing cattle, wildlife or wild horses, please notify the BLM or the Forest Service.

For more information, contact the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission,