Federal and state highways.
Low visibility intersections.
Merging from trail onto Highways. (ie. Bridge Crossings)
Place off the road and on right of trail.
Do not place at driveways.
Always used with stop signs.
Placement is 250-feet before stop.
JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE
ACTUAL STOP SIGN!!!
Used much like Stop Ahead
Place 250 feet before turn
Most important in Open Areas
Trail Inspections reflect more are
needed throughout the state
Left or Right Turn
Place at 90-degree turn
Place directly at turn
Must be used in conjunction w/a
Turn Ahead Needed
Place at least 200-feet before needed
providing the rider enough time to slow
down before the area of concern
This is a very common mistake found
during trail inspections
Informs rider of potential traffic
Place a Slow Sign in advance to
slow traffic down
USE IN 3’S Changing the normal traffic flow
Long and sweeping curves
Not to be used as a Turn Arrow
#1 Misused Sign
Correct Use of Chevrons
Wrong use of Chevrons
You Are Here
Guide Sign informing the rider
of their current location on the
state trail system
Place at all intersections or when
the trail changes direction
Can be used with 90-Degree
Show safe passage for snowmobilers.
Must be used in sets of two.
Should not be cut in half.
Used to mark objects.
Placed at bridges and gates.
Trail Ends Sign
Post at end of state trail
and at city limits to inform
riders they are no longer
on the state trail system.
No Snowmobiling Sign
Placed by the Department of
Transportation at interstate crossings
Place along the trail system
to inform riders of locations where
snowmobiling is not allowed such as
No Wheeled Vehicles
Do not place No Wheeled Vehicles signs in right-of-ways (ditches)
Right-of-ways are open to public use
Place Snowmobile Only Signs on
trails in Right-of-Ways
And the most used sign
The “Reassurance” Trail Blazer!
“Reassurance” Trail Blazer
Used ONLY to mark the safe corridor
Corridors must include a minimum of 2 blazers
Common sense placement is essential
Never used to mark hazards
Use Blazer Stickers on backside of signs
Remember to allow for poor visibility.
Approaches: both blazers must be visible
from either side of the approach (if not, add more)
Using other signs as blazers
The Safety Corridor
The corridor marks a safe path of travel for the rider
The Safety Corridor
Approaches with culverts
Placement with no culvert
Mounting Several Signs on 1 Post
All signs must be of thesame type
Post no more than 3 signs on 1 post
Signs must compliment
Sign message must be
clear and relay a short
Existing Sign Standards
No posting trail signs on Department of Transportation Standards
If local governing entities allow this; the trail association must acquire a letter of approval to SND
Poor weather and light conditions
Lack of tracks
Distances based on visibility
Sign it like you never rode it before
Things to Remember
Sign Placement: riders shouldn’t have to scan for the next sign
Buried signs can become a hazard (barely showing or missing)
Signing in towns
Signing certification required every 3 years
Trail must be a minimum of 10’ wide
Signing for Benchmark
Club Trail Coordinators need to contact the Trail Association’s head Trail Coordinator with signing progress
Certification of Trail Completion forms are
due in the office on December 15th
If 100% of the signing isn’t completed by December 15th, trail associations must complete Section B on the 1st Benchmark Form
Once the signing is completed contact SNDTP
with the completion date
Trail Inspection reports are mailed within one
week after inspection
These reports reflect potential liabilities for the
local trail system and must be addressed within
two weeks of the report postmark date.
If corrections are not addressed by the 2nd
inspection, the trail association will lose signing
points resulting in less funding
State Law for Right-of-ways
ND law allows two-way travel on state trails
that exist in right-of- ways, sign accordingly
FYI, riders must still travel in the same direction
as traffic when operating in a right-of-way that
is not a state trail.
Year Round Signage
Signs placed on the trail from Oct. 1st to Sept. 30th
Where year round signage is allowed:
• Wooded areas
• Land Lease provides approval
Not allowed where visible from communities or near
high traffic roadways
Year round signing on
If owner has provided approval on the
land lease agreement
Regulatory, warning and guide signs cannot
be on permanent posts – Blazers only.
Allowed for a maximum of five miles.
Cannot be used where trails turn or direct
traffic onto private property.
If a trail system signs the trail between a guy-wire
and pole, the trail system will be automatically
closed until the signing is corrected.
• Over 10 Feet: If there is enough room for a minimum 10 foot wide trail next to the guy-wire, use the sign corridor method.
• Under 10 Feet: If space next to the guy-wire is less than 10 feet, use chevrons in a set of three to push snowmobile traffic away from the guy-wire.
The poles are 6’, orange and have a reflective
band at the top.
Use them to replace standard poles and blazers. (Ex.: Signing Corridors)
In the event, signs become buried, please
remark the trail per the programs guidelines
Trail blazers attached to lathe can be used
to replace the buried signs.
When signing bodies of water:
Trails cannot be opened for grooming
until the ice is a minimum of 12” thick
throughout the entire trail corridor.
(Corridor must be a minimum of 10’
We would like to thank you for participating in our trail signing class today.