Off Highway Vehicle: Know Before You Go
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of public lands insouthern Utah, with over 900 miles of routes available for vehicle travel. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are restricted to certain designated roads in the Monument.
The motorized OHV category includes cars, trucks, dune buggies, jeeps, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), dirt bikes and motorcycles, SUVs, and bicycles. Street-legal motorized vehicles - four-wheel-drive and mechanized vehicles (including bicycles) - are allowed on approximately 908 miles of routes in the Monument. Non-street-legal all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes are allowed on approximately 553 miles of the designated routes.
Access to some roads may require ATVs and dirt bikes to be hauled in via other transport.
Visitors are responsible for knowing regulations on OHV use. Call 1-800-OHV-RIDE to learn about Utah OHV regulations.
Cross-country travel is prohibited, which includes dry washes. Check at a Monument visitor center for maps and information before your trip begins. Brochure maps are also located at portal kiosks on Skutumpah, Cottonwood, and Hole-in-the-Rock Roads.
Dirt roads in the Monument range from moderately rough to challenging. Please, tread lightly to maintain the primitive characteristics of the land. Drive responsibly:
- Stay on designated roads and stay off wet roads - tires create deep ruts.
- Leave gates (open or closed) as you find them.
- Bring a shovel in case you get stuck.
- If you pack it in, pack it out - including toilet paper.
- Carry good maps.
- Be prepared to spend the night if you get stranded; bring extra food, water, and clothing.
- Cell phone coverage is sparse. Bring a signal mirror as a backup communication device.