Motor Vehicle Use Maps

 

 

Graphic showing the MVUM, a GPS, and a mobile phone

 

 

2016 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)  

The MVUM contains essential information about road, trail, and area designations that motorists should always have close at hand.

The free published hard copy MVUM (pictured above, left) is the legal document-of-record that shows the roads, trails, and areas designated as open to motorized vehicle use on Coconino National Forest. Driving a motorized vehicle on roads, trails, or areas not designated for motor vehicle use is prohibited.

The 2016 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) will be released April 15, 2016. It replaces the 2015 version, and will remain in effect until superseded by the 2017 MVUM. The 2016 updates to the Motor Vehicle Use Map [PDF, 125 kB] include corrections to the map based on public input.

Obtain a free hard copy MVUM at any Coconino National Forest office, or by calling (928) 527-3600. Free hard copy MVUMs are also available at local outdoor stores, and offices of other nearby National Forests.

 

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2016 Supplemental Travel Map: Helpful Companion to the MVUM  

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, 2016. However, these travel maps are not the official MVUM, and should be used as a supplement to, not a substitute for, the MVUM.

Download the free digital travel map for your device from the table below. Be sure to read the instructions before installation and use of the travel map.

 

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Download Free GPS-Enabled Travel Maps for Your Device  

The digital 2016 Travel Map is free, and can be used on your Android or Apple iOS smartphone or tablet, or your Garmin GPS.

 

Type of Device Instructions Download Maps
Laptop computer

Desktop or laptop computer

Download the maps to your computer. View in a PDF reader.

North map for computer

PDF, 12 MB

South map for computer

PDF, 23 MB

Mobile devices

Smartphones or tablets running Android OS 4.1+

iPhone or iPad running Apple iOS 7.1+

Mobile device instructions
PDF, 150 kB

Maps designed for the Avenza PDF Maps mobile app.

QR code to download the travel map of the north half of the Coconino National Forest

North map
for mobile devices

Avenza PDF Maps, 32 MB

QR code to download the travel map of the south half of the Coconino National Forest

South map
for mobile devices

Avenza PDF Maps, 45 MB

Garmin GPS Device

Most Garmin GPS Devices

Garmin instructions
PDF, 335 kB

Coconino National Forest map
for Garmin GPS

EXE Windows Executable, 5.6 MB

 

Under very restrictive conditions, limited off-road travel is permitted in some areas. Use the following maps to see where limited off-road travel is permitted for harvesting.

 

 

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Notes  

Background

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. See our Travel Management page to access the Decision, Final Environmental Impact Statement, and other official documents and details regarding the Travel Management Rule and its implementation on the Coconino National Forest.

 

News November 20, 2015: The Coconino National Forest is currently soliciting public input on proposed changes to route and area designations. Read the Proposed changes to motor vehicle use designations announcement for details.

 

Does this restrict where I may camp?

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.

 

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