Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Program
Program Coordinator: Chris Haller
The state Off-highway Vehicle Trails Program was authorized by the Utah Legislature in 1987 to assist public land managing agencies in meeting the needs of off-highway vehicle (OHV) users. The OHV Trails program provides matching grants to federal, state and local governments, and to organized user groups to fund OHV related projects throughout the state. These grants may be used for a variety of projects including new trail construction, trail rehabilitation and maintenance, construction of trailhead facilities, installation of regulatory and interpretive signing, purchase of trail maintenance equipment, educational programs, and the production of maps and brochures. The funding, appropriated annually by the Utah Legislature, is derived from the registration fees paid by OHV owners and from a small percentage of the state motor fuel tax returned to the Division for OHV management purposes. Generally, approximately $100,000 per year is available in the program.
Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Program applications are available on the Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation website. Applications are updated as the need arises.
- Motorized Trails Evaluation Sheet (Informational purposes only- not an application requirement)
Upon receipt, all applications are reviewed by the OHV Program Coordinator for completeness and for compliance with applicable laws, guidelines, and directives. Applications meeting the criteria are numbered and copied for distribution to the Utah Off-highway Vehicle Advisory Council by mid-May.
OHV Trails Program funding may be used for the construction and maintenance of trails and trail related facilities, including the development of staging areas, trailheads, restroom facilities, etc. It may also be used for the development and presentation of educational programs, and for carrying out law enforcement and peer patrolling activities.
All funding awarded under the OHV Trails Program is subject to a 50/50 sponsor match. Match may be comprised of sponsor cash, in-kind services, volunteer labor, or donations.
Projects that meet the standard for funding are submitted to the Off-highway Vehicle Advisory Council for review and funding recommendation. Council members are encouraged to contact project sponsors, make site visits, and gather any other pertinent information about the need and value of the project.
During late June or early July, the OHV Advisory Council meets to discuss and prioritize projects that will be recommended for funding. The OHV Advisory Council's recommendations, along with recommendations from Division staff, are submitted to the Utah Board of Parks and Recreation for approval and awarding of grants. This usually occurs during the Board's fall meeting.
Upon awarding by the Board, grant contracts are mailed out to successful project sponsors for signing. Completed contracts are submitted to the Department of Finance for processing and numbering. Contracts are generally for a two year period.
Once the contract is signed and numbered, applicants may apply for an advance payment of 50% of the grant award. This money provides initial start up funding.
Upon completion of the project, the sponsor submits a request for payment to the state. A final inspection is completed, and a final payment is made.