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This page last updated on January 15, 2013.
The Travel Management Rule announced in 2005 requires each National Forest and Grassland to identify and designate those roads, trails, and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. This information is documented on Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). Below are the currently available MVUMs for Colorado. Free printed copies of these maps are available at your local Forest Service Ranger District Office.
The map below shows the forests and grasslands in Colorado. Clicking on the name of a forest or grassland will display a box containing the motor vehicle use maps for that forest or grassland. Alternatively, a complete list of the motor vehicle use maps for Colorado is available directly below the map.
The motor vehicle use maps are grouped by forest as shown on the map above. Maps are available in georeferenced Adobe Acrobat PDF (GeoPDF) format, GeoTIFF format, and Google Earth .kmz format. If you don't know what format you need, we recommend starting with the GeoPDF format first. Depending on the configuration of your browser, you may need to right click and select "Save Link As...", "Download Linked File As...", or "Save Target As..." to download the MVUM and save it to your computer.
Important Note: The GeoTIFF and Google Earth format maps are modified from the official Forest Service maps in that the legend and explanations have been removed. If unfamiliar with Motor Vehicle Use Maps, please download the official Forest Service Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) versions of these maps instead. Insets may appear in these maps but the insets are NOT georeferenced. Only the main map area is georeferenced.
Advanced GIS software users might find the following advanced MVUM topics and projects of interest.
• USDA Forest Service
• Washington, D.C.
Release No. FS-0605 • Contact: Press Office, (202) 205-1134
USDA FOREST SERVICE RELEASES FINAL RULE FOR MOTORIZED RECREATION IN NATIONAL FORESTS & GRASSLANDS
New Rule will Balance Best Possible Care of Land with Publics Enjoyment of Recreational Vehicles through Local Collaboration
WASHINGTON , Nov. 2, 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service today announced a new regulation for recreational motor vehicle use in national forests and grasslands which will forge a sustainable system of routes and areas designated for motorized use in the future.
“OHV and other motorized vehicles are fun and exciting ways to experience national forests and weve seen dramatic increases in their popularity in the last decade,” said Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth. “Land managers will use the new rule to continue to work with motorized sports enthusiasts, conservationists, state and local officials and others to provide responsible motorized recreational experiences in national forests and grasslands for the long run.”
The new travel management policy requires each national forest and grassland to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. Local units will seek public input and coordinate with federal, state, county and other local governmental entities as well as tribal governments before any decision is made on a particular road, trail or area. Unplanned, user-created routes will be considered at the local level during the designation process.
The agency expects that it will take up to four years to complete the designation process for all 155 national forests and 20 grasslands. Each unit will also publish a motor vehicle use map. The final rule addresses the more than 80,000 comments received on last years proposed rule. Most comments strongly supported the concept of designating routes and areas for motor vehicle use.
Once the designation process is complete, motor vehicle use off these routes and outside those areas (cross-country travel) will be prohibited. This prohibition will not affect over-snow vehicles, such as snowmobiles.
The rule will impact motor vehicle use on roads, trails and areas under Forest Service management. State, county or other public roads within national forest and grassland boundaries will not be included in the designation process.
Some national forests and grasslands already have established systems of roads, trails and areas designed and managed for motorized use. This rule does not require those units to change existing plans.
In 2002, the Forest Service had more than 214 million visits, with about the same number driving through just to enjoy the scenery. More than 200,000 miles of forest roads are currently open to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use as well as more than 36,000 miles of trails. In addition, national forest recreation has become the biggest contributor to many local economies, including rural communities.
Recreational motor vehicles include OHVs, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and off-road vehicles (ORVs), such as 4-by-4 trucks or Jeeps.