Many 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.

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.) Updated 03/24/2021. Routes allowing access are subject to change.

Link to Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM’s)

Chaffee County

Chaffee County

Ordinance #2012-02
Chaffee County Road and Bridge: Salida Office , Buena Vista Shop 521 Gregg Drive, Buena Vista, CO 81211

719-539-4591

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

Custer County

Rusty Christensen or Roger Squire, PO Box 1669, Westcliffe, CO 81252

719-783-2281

All county roads including towns of Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. Rules for county apply.
Craig, City of

 Craig Colorado

 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

 Creede & Mineral County Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce

  904 S. Main St., PO Box 580                              Creede, CO 81130

719-658-2374

Only certain roads, license AND insurance required, 15 MPH OHV speed limit.
Delta, City of

City Of Delta

360 Main Street                                                              Delta, CO 81416

970-874-7566

Designated county roads. 
Delta, County of

Delta County Colorado

501 Palmer Street
Delta, CO 81416

970-874-2100

 All county roads. 
Eagle, Town of

Town of Eagle

200 Broadway | P.O. Box 609
Eagle, CO 81631

 970-328-6354

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. 
Granby, Town of

Granby Chamber

516 E Agate Ave
Granby, CO 80446

970-887-2311

Ordinance #852, certain city streets only, CPW-Title 33 rules apply.
Grand County

Grand County Colorado

308 Byers Avenue
P.O. Box 264
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

970-725-3347

Certain specified county roads.
Grand Lake

Grand Lake Visitor Center

14700 US 34                                                           Grand Lake CO 80447

 970-627-3402

Designated OHV routes.
Gunnison County

Gunnison County

County Offices 200 E. Virginia Ave.                    Gunnison, CO

970-641-0044, Sheriff’s Office 970-641-1113

Sections of designated county roads only.
Gypsum, Town of

Town Of Gypsum

50 Lundgren Blvd.
P.O. Box 130
Gypsum ,CO 81637

970-524-7514

Limited OHV use on routes direct to/from trailhead.
Hinsdale County

Hinsdale County Colorado

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

P.O. Box 1019
Walden, CO 80480

(970) 723-4660

Designated county road sections only, contact county offices.
Kremmling, City of

Town Of Kremmling

200 Eagle Ave.                                              Kremmling, CO 80459

970-724-3249

Specific OHV route providing direct access to Wolford Mtn.
Lake City

Lake City Chamber

PO Box 430
Lake City, CO 81235

970-944-2527

 

OHVs are allowed on all roads in Hinsdale County and the Town of Lake City, Other OHV regulations include:

1. Vehicle operators 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

Lake County Colorado

505 Harrison Ave.                                                        PO Box 917                                                       Leadville, CO

719-486-8210

All county roads, (Leadville also allows), license required, lights or daylight hrs. only.
Leadville, City of

Leadville Chamber

809  Harrison Avenue                                              Leadville, CO 80461

 719-486-3900

Certain routes pending OHV map/signage, same rules as Lake County.
Meeker, Town of

Town of Meeker

345 Market Street                                              Meeker, CO 81641

 970-878-5344

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

Mesa County

544 Rood Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

 970-244-1800

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

Moffat County Visitor Center

775 Yampa Ave.                                                          Craig, CO 81625

 970-824-5689

All county roads unless otherwise posted.
Montezuma County

Cortez Chamber 

25 N. Market St. Suite 200                                  Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-3414

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

Rimrocker Trail

 

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

Visit Ouray

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

Town of Parachute

P.O. Box 100/222 Grand Valley Way          Parachute, CO 81635

970-285-7630

All city streets, awaiting restrictions, please contact.
Pitkin, Town of

Town Of Pitkin

P.O. BOX 9                                                              Pitkin, CO 81241

970-787-0031

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

Rangley Chamber

255 E Main St.                                                    Rangely, CO, 81648,

970-675-5290, 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

Rio Blanco Colorado

555 Main Street                                                      Meeker, CO 8164

970-878-9400

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

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

San Miguel County

1120 Summit Street                                       Norwood, CO

970-728-3844

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

Town of Silverton

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

Sterling Colorado

421 N. 4th St. PO BOX 4000                             Sterling, CO 80751-0400

970-522-9700

 

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

 Woodland Park Chamber

  PO Box 9022                                                  Woodland Park, CO 80866-9022

719-687-9885

Designated county roads only.
Victor, City of

Victor Colorado

500 Victor Ave. PO Box 86                                      Victor, CO 80860

719-689-2284, F: 719-689-2703

A “slow moving vehicle” emblem displayed prominently on the rear of the vehicle or red safety flag so mounted as to be between five and seven feet above the ground. Such emblem or safety flag must be displayed at all times while operating the OHV or golf car on the streets of the City.

Headlights, tail lights and front and rear turn signal lights must be illuminated and in working condition if the OHV or golf car is operated between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise. If the vehicle is not equipped with the above-mentioned lights, operation of the vehicle during the above-mentioned hours is strictly prohibited.

Seat belts shall be worn if the vehicle has them as standard equipment.

Every passenger must have a designated seat. No sitting on cargo racks or standing on running boards or foot pegs is permitted.

All State laws imposing minimum safety and equipment standards for operating an OHV or a golf car on a public street or roadway shall be complied with, and it is the responsibility of the operator of such vehicle to ascertain and comply with said laws.

Westcliffe and  Silver Cliff, Towns of

Town of Westcliffe

1000 Main Street                                                      Westcliffe CO 81252

 719-783-2282

All county roads including towns of Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. Rules for county apply.

 


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.