Riding your off-highway vehicle can be a great way to experience your public lands! And several recreation areas managed by the Buffalo Field Office allow for OHV use as long as you Tread Lightly! by staying on roads and trails. Weston Hills is a popular OHV destination and the Middle Fork Powder River Management Area has designated routes used by many hunters.
In a few areas though, restrictions have been placed on OHV use to protect other resources, such as wildlife and watersheds; these restrictions can include road closures or seasonal rules.
As a responsible OHV user, it's important for you to know the rules where you ride. Check out the Top Ten OHV Rules below, or drop by BLM's Buffalo Field Office and we'll be glad to get you on the right road.
Top Ten Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Regulations
1. Stay on the trail.
- The BLM designates areas as “open”, “limited to existing roads and trails” or “limited to designated roads and trails”. Check with your local BLM office before heading into the field.
- Limited vehicle travel off existing or designated roads and trails to accomplish "necessary tasks" such as campsite selection or big game retrieval is allowed only if travel does not cause resource damage, create new roads or extend existing roads. It is not always possible to retrieve downed game with a vehicle. Be prepared and bring a game cart, pack frame or horses to retrieve your game.
- Driving off road in Wilderness Study Areas for any reason is not allowed.
2. Know the surface management status of the areas where you plan to ride before you ride.
- Specifically, know where public land ends and private land begins. If in doubt about the exact location of property boundaries, err on the side of caution.
- Topographic maps showing land ownership are available at your local BLM field office.
3. An OHV must be registered.
- BLM roads within Wyoming are considered open for OHV use.
- A Wyoming State OHV Permit or a license plate is required on BLM lands.
4. A spark arrester is required and must be SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) approved.
5. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in or on a moving motor vehicle.
6. Driving while impaired is prohibited.
- The effects of driving under the influence are the same off-road on an OHV as they are in an automobile on the highway.
7. The camping limit is 14 days.
- This includes camping equipment and parked trailers.
- You must move more than 1 linear miles after 14 days.
8. It is unlawful to harass, pursue, hunt, shoot or kill game with a vehicle.
9. Shooting from, upon, along or across a public road is illegal.
- It is illegal to discharge any type of firearm within one-quarter mile of developed sites (eg. campground, trail head, etc.)
10. Brake lights, tail lights and headlamps are required ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise.
|The BLM offers a $250 reward for information leading to the conviction of any person damaging your public lands through OHV violations, vandalism or any other criminal activities in the State of Wyoming. Call 1-888-358-2310 to make a report.|