I always enjoy hearing from Steve Stuebner, an Idaho outdoors man and author who knows the state’s countryside like the back of his hand. He’s a good trails conservationist to boot.

Now he’s helping to promote a new interactive trails map by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Good for you, Steve, and thanks for the heads up.

As an offroad fan, I’m excited about this new resource. The Idaho OHV online map helps offroad users find new places to ride in the Gem State and can be accessed at trails.idaho.gov. What’s more, it’s easy to use.

“Click on a trail, or search for a trail, and the map will provide driving directions to the trailhead, what uses are allowed on the trail, trail length, season of use, etc.,” Stuebner said. “People can download trail information to GPS units, Google Earth, send trail maps to friends.”

The map also has zoom capabilities and provides information on non-motorized trails.

The map was created by Parks and Rec with assistance from the Idaho Department of Administration, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and funded with OHV registration sticker money.

It helps users stay on proper trails, conserve what’s already out there and not eat up the backcountry by riding in places they shouldn’t. This video shows how to use the map: youtube.com/watch?v=D-eCKYcA9mA

I know before I take my dirt bike out of the garage next time that I’m going online first.

As Stuebner said: “Try it out, it’s pretty cool.”

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