With so much of Utah designated as public land administered for recreational use and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails, areas suited to four-wheel-drive, off-highway-vehicle (OHV), and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) use are never far away.
Experience a breathtaking ride through majestic mountainous terrain and try your wheels on some of the greatest ATV trails in the West. Try the famous Paiute Trail and view high country lakes, streams, lush forests, and experience nature at its best. Whether you’re experienced in nature or just a beginner, various guides and outfitters are ready and willing to make sure that your trip is memorable, educational and action packed. Intensify your adrenaline and get ready for an unforgettable Utah experience!
Utah’s National Forests and BLM-administered lands are threaded with routes appropriate for ATV’s, OHV’s, and four-wheel-drive-vehicles. Check with Forest Service or BLM offices, before ATV exploring on your own. Employees of these land agencies can provide suggestions, maps, and accurate information on area conditions.
Tread Lightly. On Forest Service and BLM-administered land, off-highway use of any vehicle is permitted in designated areas only (including ATS). Check with local agency offices for maps of appropriate areas, both the U.S. Forest Service and BLM also provide brochures and maps about off-highway vehicle (OHV) opportunities.
There are also numerous ATV areas within or adjacent to state parks. Again, check to determine proper use areas.
ATV / off-highway vehicle use is not allowed in most national parks, wilderness areas, or on lake shores.
The Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Statute states that registered off-highway vehicles may be operated on public land, trails, streets, or highways that are posted by sign or designated by map or description as open to off-highway vehicle use by the controlling federal, state, county, or municipal agency. According to this law, all roads, etc. are closed to ATV’s unless posted open.
Children 8 to 16 years old are required to be certified to operate an ATV on public land.
For more information on laws and rules, contact Utah State Parks and Recreation at (801-538-7220).