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Offroaders love Garfield County for its eerily beautiful landscape, its intense rocky trails. We want you to be safe while you explore. Take a look at the OHV Safety Guide provided by Utah Parks and Recreation. Also, for more local regulations, read up on Garfield County's OHV Ordinance.

Remember that it is a privilege to use the trails, so respect that privilege and ride responsibly.

OHV Law Highlights

Utah State law and the Federal Highway Safety Act prohibits operation of unlicensed non-street legal vehicles and unlicensed operators on public and National Forest roads, unless the road is shown as open to such use. Carefully regard signing and Public Agency maps. More regulations are below.

  • No person under 8 years of age may operate an ATV or dirt bike on public roads or lands.
  • Operators from 8 to 15 years of age must possess a safety certificate issued by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation (law effective July 1, 1988).
  • Operators over 16 years of age must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Dirt bikes, ATVs, and snowmobiles must display a current state OHV registration sticker while being operated or transported on public lands or roads.
  • Out of state residents contact: 1-800-OHVRIDE to determine need of Utah non-resident permit for ATV/OHV and snowmobiles.
  • Safety helmets must be worn by operators from 8 to 18 years of age. All operators of any age should wear properly-fitting DOT certified protective head gear.
  • Use only roads and trails designated open for OHV use. Refer to agency Travel Maps and signs.

Responsible OHV Use

Responsible OHV use is the law. While most OHV users are responsible, misuse results in disturbance to wildlife, damage to wildlife habitat, vegetation loss, creation of unauthorized routes, and personal injury. Please be aware that unlawful OHV use is a criminal offense. Forest Service, BLM and National Park Officers, and State Parks & Recreation’s Rangers regularly enforce all OHV regulations, including:

  • riding an OHV in closed or restricted areas and roadways
  • harassment of wildlife
  • helmet-law regulations
  • OHV operator age restriction regulations

Under Utah state law, all public lands are closed to OHV use unless designated open by map, sign or description.