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OHV Opportunities on Public Roads in Colorado


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OHV PermitMany cities and counties in Colorado have opened some or all of their roads/streets to off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Colorado State Law allows for the operation of OHVs with a valid Colorado OHV registration/permit, by operators 10 years and older (under direct supervision of a licensed driver) or by operators 16 years and older.


Rules regulating the use of OHVs on local public roadways may be more restrictive than these state laws and often vary from one city or county to the next. Requirements regarding age of operation, driver’s license, insurance, vehicle size/types, required equipment and other rules can change as you travel across boundaries between different jurisdictions. Local governments designate OHV routes with signs and/or provide OHV route maps to the public. Please check with the local city, county, or land management office for specific rules regulating the use of OHVs in that area.

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Riders should also consider that many OHVs will perform differently on paved or improved surfaces. Extra care should be taken when operating OHVs on public roads. Ride safely and be courteous when encountering vehicle traffic, bicyclists, and other road users. Remember that OHVs can be louder than most on-road vehicles. Colorado Law limits sound emissions of all new OHVs to 96 decibels. Please be mindful of area residents and businesses. Riding on-road is a privilege; please respect the communities that have chosen to allow OHVs by riding responsibly. When in Town, Throttle Down!


Locations Allowing Access

The following cities and counties within the State of Colorado allow the use of unlicensed off-highway vehicles on some or all of the streets/roads within that local jurisdiction: (Please check with the local city, county, or land management office for specific rules regulating the use of off-highway vehicles in that area.)

Chaffee County Chaffee County Roads Permitting OHVs: Ordinance #2012-02
Chaffee County Road and Bridge: Salida Office 719-539-4591, Buena Vista Shop 521 Gregg Drive, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Designated Roads Only, must be registered w/ CPW, must have DL and be at least 16 yrs. Old., Muffler, Spark Arrester, and Lights at Night Required.
Custer County Road and Bridge: Rusty Christensen or Roger Squire, PO Box 1669, Westcliffe, CO 81252, 719-783-2281
All county roads including towns of Silver Cliff and West Cliffe. Rules for county apply.
Craig, City of 800 West First Street, Suite #300, Craig, CO 81625, Administration: 970-826-2360, Patrol Services: 970-824-8111, Fax: 970-824-5706
All city streets. City permit required, driver’s license required, other rules apply.
Creede, City of   Only certain roads, license AND insurance required, 15 MPH OHV speed limit.
Delta, City of Delta City Permitting OHVs: Ordinance #10.04.018
Eagle, Town of
OHV route direct to/from Hardscrabble trailhead-OHV reg/permit req'd., 48" veh. width max.
Empire, City of Empire City Town Hall, 30 Park Ave, Empire, CO 80438, 303-569-2978

City streets open to OHVs, NOT adjacent county roads.
Garfield County   Designated Roads only, license AND liability insurance required, 35 MPH limit OR posted speed limit (whichever is less) , eye protection required, helmets under 18 yrs old, front and rear lights.
Grandby, Town of   Ordinance #852, certain city streets only, CPW-Title 33 rules apply.
Grand County   Certain specified county roads, rules pending OHV Hearings in 2017.
Grand Lake   Designated OHV routes.
Gunnison County County Road & Bridge 970-641-0044, Sheriff’s Office 970-641-1113, County Offices 200 E. Virginia Ave., Gunnison, CO
Sections of designated county roads only.
Gypsum, Town of   Limited OHV use on routes direct to/from trailhead.
Hinsdale County 311 N. Henson St., Lake City, CO 81235, 970-944-2225
OHVs are allowed on all roads in Hinsdale County and the Town of Lake City, Other OHV regulations include:

1. Vehicle operaters must have Valid Driver's license.
2. Proof of minimum liability insurance for each vehicle.
3. Helmet is required for riders under 18 years of age (a bicycle helmet will NOT suffice).
4. Eye protection for EVERY rider (prescription glasses, sunglasses, googles, etc.)
5. Must follow posted speed limit (all town streets are 15mph, HWY 149 varies) and any other traffic laws.
6. Stay on designated roads.
7. Highly recommended - rear view mirror.
Jackson County Jackson County Road and Bridge, Andy Norris – Supervisor, 188 Grant Street/P.O. Box 488, Walden, CO 80480, Office: 970-723-4481, Fax: 970-723-8437
Designated county road sections only, contact county offices.
Kremmling, City of 200 Eagle Ave., Kremmling, CO 80459, Phone: 970-724-3249
Specific OHV route providing direct access to Wolford Mtn.
Lake City 970-944-2527, info@lakecity.com
OHVs are allowed on all roads in Hinsdale County and the Town of Lake City, Other OHV regulations include:

1. Vehicle operaters must have Valid Driver's license.
2. Proof of minimum liability insurance for each vehicle.
3. Helmet is required for riders under 18 years of age (a bicycle helmet will NOT suffice).
4. Eye protection for EVERY rider (prescription glasses, sunglasses, googles, etc.)
5. Must follow posted speed limit (all town streets are 15mph, HWY 149 varies) and any other traffic laws.
6. Stay on designated roads.
7. Highly recommended - rear view mirror.
Lake County 505 Harrison Ave., PO Box 917 Leadville, CO, 719-486-0259
All county roads, (Leadville also allows), license required, lights or daylight hrs. only.
Leadville, City of City of Leadville, 800 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461
Certain routes pending OHV map/signage, same rules as Lake County.
Meeker, Town of (970-878-5344, admin@town.meeker.co.us
10.5.102 - In accordance with Section 33-14.5-108(1), C.R.S., all Town roads, roadways or alleys, except any road or roadway that is part of the state highway system within the Town, are hereby designated as off-highway vehicle routes.
Mesa County 970-244-1800, mcadmin@mesacounty.us
All county roads in unincorporated Mesa County, driver’s license, and minimum liability insurance, maximum speed the lesser of: posted limit or 35 mph, Title 33 equipment rules apply.
Moffat County Dan Miller, Director, 970-824-3211 ex. 1015, 822 East 1st Street Craig, CO 81625
All county roads unless otherwise posted.
Montezuma County 109 West Main Street, Room 302, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-8317
All county rds. w/in unincorporated areas of the county, license and liability insurance required, and all Title 33-14.5 equipment rules apply, OHV speed limit 50 mph or posted limit whichever is less.
Montrose County 317 South 2nd Street, Montrose, CO 81401, 970-249-7755
Designated county roads only including connections for Rimrocker Trail and unincorp. towns (Nucla/Naturita) with the following restrictions (does NOT include state HWY):
The following requirements apply to OHV/ATV operation on the Rimrocker Trail within Montrose County, Colorado
1. All traffic laws must be obeyed.
2. Operators must be at least 16 years of age AND possess a current, valid driver’s license.
3. Operators shall have motor vehicle liability insurance as required by law.
4. OHV/ATVs shall not exceed 35 miles per hour or the posted speed limit, whichever is less.
5. All OHV/ATVs shall be registered with the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
Ouray County Ouray Visitor’s Center, 1230 Main Street/PO BOX 145, Ouray, CO 81427, 970-325-4746
Designated county roads only, routes on Alpine Loop, must have CPW reg/permit, driver’s license, and CO state minimum liability insurance, NO Ouray City Streets or state Hwy 550.
Parachute, City of P.O. Box 100/222 Grand Valley Way, Parachute, CO 81635, 970-285-7630, info@parachutecolorado.com
All city streets, awaiting restrictions, please contact.
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, 506 E. Main St., Suite 204, Aspen, CO 81611, 970-920-5300
Designated county roads directly to/from trailheads or USFS/BLM routes, OHV reg/permit required, must obey model traffic code, County OHV Routes include: castle creek road from Little Annie to Ashcroft townsite, access for Aspen Mtn, Summer Rd. to Richmond Ridge, Express Cr. And Pearl pass, sections of Lower River Rd. to access Triangle Peak OHV trails and allow connection to parking area. Trail connections near Lenado and Ruedi communities.
Pitkin, Town of P.O. BOX 9, Pitkin, CO 81241
Valid driver’s license (no child operators), CPW OHV permit/reg, spark arrester, legal Dba muffler required, 15 mph OHV limit on all streets, no through traffic on side streets or alleys.
Rangley, Town of 209 E Main St. Rangely, Co, 81648, 970-675-8476, Police Department: 970-675-8467
Ordinance #685 – Use of Registered Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles, SPECIFIC OHV Rules including process for certifying minors to operate OHVs through Rangely PD, Title 33-14.5 rules apply as well as other town rules.
Rio Blanco County Physical Address: 355 4th Street, Meeker, CO 81641, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1460, 970-878-9600
All County Roads EXCEPT County Roads 1 (Blue Mountain Road), 5 (Piceance Creek Road) and 7 (Strawberry Creek Road), including a right-of-way along State Highway 13, from School Street to CR #8, connecting Town of Meeker OHV route to Wagon Wheel OHV Trail System on USFS lands.
San Juan County 1557 Greene St., Silverton, CO 81433,970-387-8040
San Juan County has designated various routes in the county and on the Alpine Loop for ATV and unlicensed motorcycle use. Riders must be 16 years of age and have a valid driver's license. All ATV's and unlicensed motorcycles must carry liability insurance and be able to provide proof of that insurance. A map of the designated routes for these vehicles can be obtained at the parking/unloading areas or from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
San Miguel County Sheriff: 684 CR 63L, Telluride, CO 81435, 970-728-1911
Designated county roads only, routes on Alpine Loop, K68 Imogene Pass Rd. and K69 Black Bear Pass Rd. must have CPW reg/permit, driver’s license, and liability insurance.
Silverton, City of 1360 Greene Street/PO Box 250,Silverton, CO 81433, 970-387-5522
Designated OHV route only including access to the business district and the Alpine Loop, specific OHV route is marked with yellow signage and arrows. Model traffic code as well as other rules apply. See link below.
South Fork, City of South Fork Visitor Center: 28 Silverthread Ln/PO Box 1030, South Fork, Colorado 81154, 719-873-5512
Town and CPW OHV Permits required, must pass inspection and test and pay fee to receive town OHV permit & flag. Designated routes only, maps provided at Visitor Center.
Sterling, City of Police Department: 421 N 4th St., Non Emergency Phone: 970-522-3512
It shall be legal for licensed drivers at least eighteen (18) years of age to operate an OHV (off-highway vehicle) on the public streets within the city, providing that said vehicle is registered with the city. Register at the police department. Owners must provide the following: Bill of sale, title of vehicle or proof of ownership and Proof of current insurance.
Teller County   Designated county roads only.
Victor, City of 500 Victor Ave. PO Box 86 - Victor, CO 80860, T: 719-689-2284, F: 719-689-2703
Awaiting changes/ restrictions pending Teller county approval. Contact town manager.
Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Towns of Silver Cliff Town Hall: 612 Main Street/P.O. Box 154, Silver Cliff, CO 81252, 719-783-2615, silverclifftown@centurytel.net, Hours: Monday - Thursday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Contact Custer County S.O. for rules regarding OHV use in these unincorporated towns.

Note: This list shows cities/counties that have opened roads to OHVs for transportation/recreation. OHVs used for agricultural purposes are still allowed on public roads and may have access to routes in jurisdictions other than those listed here.


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