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Colorado State Parks Motorized Vehicle Trail Use Guidelines

From the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Program

Safety considerations and trail use guidelines for OHV recreation

by Colorado Parks and Wildlife - OHV Program, State OHV Program Manager

Safety considerations

  • Plan ahead. The weather can change rapidly.
  • Carry all necessary supplies including an emergency repair kit, food, water and warm clothing.
  • Develop a supply checklist to include the above items and other equipment such as area maps and guides, protective gear, flashlight, sunscreen, etc.
  • Know what to wear. Quality helmets, gloves, boots, goggles and protective clothing will keep you comfortable and help prevent serious injuries.
  • Know your vehicle. Keep it in good condition and read the owner's manual.
  • Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return.
  • Travel with other people.
  • Know before leaving what to do in an emergency.

Trail use guidelines

  • Respect all private and public property and the rights of all recreationists to enjoy nature.
  • Park considerately without blocking other vehicles or impeding access to trails.
  • Keep to the right when meeting other recreationists and yield the right-of-way to downhill traffic.
  • Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another.
  • Travel only where motorized vehicles are permitted.
  • Respect designated areas, trail use signs and established ski tracks. Stay out of wilderness areas.
  • Do not block the trail when stopping.
  • Do not disturb wildlife. Avoid all areas posted for their protection or feeding.
  • Do not litter. Pack out everything you pack in.
  • Realize that your destination and travel speed are determined by your equipment, ability, terrain, weather and traffic on the trail. Plan accordingly.
  • Do not interfere with or harass others. Recognize that people form opinions about all motorized vehicle users based on your actions.

Published June 09, 2018

About the Author


​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado’s Off-highway Vehicle Program is statutorily created. The program is funded through the sale o​f OHV registrations and use permits. It is estimated that more than 170,000 OHVs were registered or permitted for use in Colorado during the 2014-2015 season. Funds are used to support the statewide OHV Program, the OHV Registration Program and OHV Trail Grant Program, including OHV law enforcement.​

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