Public lands are our heritage—along with the privilege of recreating on the land, comes a responsibility to protect it for the use and enjoyment of all visitors. The next time that you ride, remember to:
Respect private property and know the boundaries and lay of the land. Share the trail with all users, including hikers, horseback riders, bikers, and OHV users of all kinds. Expect and be prepared for common trail hazards such as blind curves, steep hills, rocks, and deep arroyos.
BLM OHV crews work closely with local user groups to repair trail damage, address user conflicts, and educate all visitors about responsible use. The best way to ensure your privilege to ride on public lands is to ride responsibly and show respect to all users.
BLM Off-Highway Vehicle Designations
Off-highway vehicle (OHV) designations on BLM-administered public lands are made through the land use planning process. The BLM designates areas as either open, limited, or closed to OHV use. Be sure to check with local BLM offices to determine which areas are available for OHV use.
Open - Off-road use is allowed, as long as it does not result in significant, undue damage to or disturbance of soil, wildlife, wildlife habitat, improvements, cultural, or vegetative resources, or other authorized uses of the public lands.
Limited - Vehicle use is restricted as defined in the appropriate land use plan. Limitations could include such designations as "limited to existing roads and trails," "limited to designated roads and trails," or seasonal limitations such as "no vehicle use during elk calving season").
Closed - Motorized vehicle use is not allowed.
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