Motor Vehicle Use Maps
Coconino National Forest signed a Record of Decision on the Travel Management Project September 28, 2011, and began implementation of the new rules May 1, 2012. That Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement are available for review.
The 2015 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) was released April 15, 2015. It replaces the 2014 version, and will remain in effect until superseded by the 2016 MVUM. The updates incorporated into the 2015 MVUM (PDF, 125 kB) include corrections to the map based on public input.
The digital 2015 MVUM Travel Map is free, and can be used on your Android or Apple iOS smartphone or tablet, or your Garmin GPS. Please refer to the table below for instructions and links to the maps.
2015 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)
The free published hard copy MVUM (pictured above, left) dated April 15, 2015 is the legal document-of-record that designates roads, trails, and areas open to motorized vehicle use on Coconino National Forest.
The MVUM contains essential information about road, trail, and area designations that motorists should always have close at hand.
Obtain a free published hard copy MVUM at any Coconino National Forest office, or by calling (928) 527-3600. Free MVUMs are also available at local outdoor stores, and offices of other nearby National Forests.
2015 MVUM Supplemental Travel Maps
The MVUM's large physical size could make it difficult to handle or refer to while travelling, and some motorists have found that the MVUM's small map scale and spare cartographic design make it difficult to locate themselves with confidence along the roads and trails, and within the areas, that it portrays.
In response to these concerns, Coconino National Forest has developed GPS-enabled "travel maps" for smartphones, tablets, and Garmin GPS devices (pictured above center and right) that are designed to help motorists locate their position:
- Along designated roads or trails,
- Within motorized cross-country travel areas, and
- Relative to motorized dispersed camping corridors.
The road, trail, and area designations depicted on these travel maps are identical to the road, trail, and area designations depicted on the current MVUM dated April 15, 2015. However, these travel maps are not the official MVUM, and should be used as a supplement to, not a substitute for, the MVUM.
Refer to the table below to obtain your device-specific travel map. Be sure to read the guidance before installation and use of the travel map.
GPS-enabled travel maps are available for these devices:
The MVUM does not restrict where visitors may camp on National Forest System lands. However, it does restrict where motor vehicles may be used for the purpose of camping. Use of motor vehicles away from designated roads for the sole purpose of camping is permitted on National Forest System lands up to 300 feet from the edge of a designated road where indicated by the MVUM's "dispersed camping" symbol . Also, visitors may park alongside any designated road's edge and walk to their campsite anywhere on National Forest System lands, except where specifically prohibited as indicated in closure orders. When parking along a designated road, drivers must pull off the travelled portion of the roadway to permit the safe passage of traffic.
Note there are scheduled seasonal closures and openings of some roads and areas, such as roads only opened during hunting season to allow game retrieval, and Quiet Areas designed to provide an enhanced hunting experience or protect seasonal game habitats.
Proposed Changes to Motor Vehicle Use Designations
The Coconino National Forest is considering changes to which roads, trails, and areas are open to motor vehicle use on the Forest and would like your input. In September 2011, the Coconino National Forest completed analysis of motorized use designations required by the Travel Management Rule (TMR; 36 CFR 212). Since this decision, the Forest has received helpful feedback to modify road, trail and area designations to better support a fun, safe, and ecologically sustainable motorized roads system. To make these designation changes, the Forest is initiating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning process to receive specific feedback on the proposed motor vehicle use designation changes. The proposal and supporting documents can be accessed at the links below. All comments and suggested changes to the proposal can be e-mailed to email@example.com.
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