Off-Highway Vehicles

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE (OHV) LAWS & RULES

Rule #1: Wear your helmet!

Rule #1: Wear your helmet!

Basic OHV Laws and Rules:

  • Wear Your Helmet. We advise everyone to wear a helmet. It can save your life. Properly worn, a helmet won’t reduce vision or hearing and helps cut out windblast. A helmet is mandatory on public land for riders under the age of 18.
  • Gloves, abrasion-resistant clothing, and over the ankle boots are also highly recommended.
  •  Be alert to oncoming traffic, especially on blind curves or in dips and crests of hills.
  • It is illegal to drive an OHV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • A red or orange “whip flag” must be attached to OHVs when riding in sand dune areas.
  • Lights must be used between sunset and sunrise.
  • Be sure your brakes will control and stop your OHV.
  • Mufflers with an approved spark arrestor are required on all OHVs. (Snowmobiles do not require spark arrestors.)
Anyone under 18 can operate an OHV on public land (no longer an 8-year-old minimum age requirement) if they are:
  • Able to reach and operate each control necessary to safely operate the off-highway vehicle and;
  • Have in their possession an OHV education certificate or a valid Driver’s License and;
  • Under direct adult supervision

Adult supervision is required if:

  • Under 18;
  • Does not possess a valid driver’s license; and (Note: Learners permit requires licensed parent/guardian seated next to driver (adult supervision))
  • Operating an OHV on a public highway that is:
  • Open to motor vehicles; and
  • not exclusively reserved for OHV use.

Utah’s Off-Highway Vehicle Program brochure outlines the basic responsibilities of OHV riders. The brochure covers registration, equipment, operation requirements, safety tips, courtesy practices, and ethics. Review the full list of Utah’s OHV Laws and Rules

Report OHV Accidents

If you are involved in an OHV accident, help any other people involved in the accident and notify local law enforcement officers immediately. Please utilize the quickest means of communication available. 

Give your name, address, and identification to any injured person or owner of property that is damaged in the accident. 

If anyone was injured or killed in the accident, submit a completed and signed OHV Accident Report to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation within 15 days. OHV accident forms are available from the Division of Parks and Recreation or from a state park ranger. Information in accident reports is confidential.

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