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Off Highway Vehicle Area Designations

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) area designations are land use plan decisions that apply to every field office in the BLM. The designation of areas as Open, Closed, or Limited to OHV Use is required for every acre of land managed by the BLM.  The current area designations were finalized in the 1999 St. George Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP). Below is an explanation of the types of OHV area designations in the St. George Field Office area. Remember, these designations apply to all vehicles, including jeeps, ATV’s, dirt bikes, and mountain bikes.

Open

An area where all types of motorized and non-motorized use is permitted at all times, anywhere in the area, including cross-country travel. These areas are known as “Open OHV.” A good example is the Sand Mountain OHV Area. Open OHV Areas are subject to state OHV regulations. 

Open for Use on Existing Roads and Trails

An area where all types of motorized use is permitted on roads and trails that were in existence at the time the RMP was signed in March 1999. 

Open for Use on Designated Roads and Trails

An area where motorized use is permitted on roads and trails that have been designated specifically for those uses in the RMP, or in an activity level management plan.    

Closed

An area where all motorized vehicle use is prohibited.


OHV Area Designation Map
SGFO RMP
Travel Management Planning

ATV Riding on designated roads.


Motorcycle participants of the 2008 Rhino Rally: A special event managed by BLM Utah and Arizona in an OHV Open Area..