Rio Grande National Forest
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    Remember that you are responsible for the safety of yourself and those around you. The Forest Service wants you to return home safely from your snowmobiling adventure! Please follow these tips:

    • Before you go, take an avalanche class. They provide skills on assessing snow conditions, performing rescues and using safety equipment.
    • Wear appropriate clothing, safety gear, footwear, helmet and eye protection, and wear an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe on your body at all times in avalanche terrain.
    • Be prepared! Bring a map, tools, supplies, first aid kit, and a spill kit and check the weather forecast and avalanche conditions.
    • Know how to operate your vehicle and do a safety check to make sure it is in working order. If you suffer a breakdown, stay with your sled and stay on the trail.
    • Travel on designated roads, trails and areas.
    • Avoid trails with inadequate snow cover, frozen waterways and lakes, steep slopes, cornices and gullies or depressions, and be aware of unmarked hazards or obstacles hidden beneath the snow.
    • Don’t mix riding with alcohol or drugs.