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 2014 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) was released April 15, 2014. It replaces the 2013 version, and will remain in effect until superseded by the 2015 MVUM. Updates incorporated into the 2014 MVUM were approved through recent National Environmental Policy Act decisions, and include:
Additional road designations
New seasonal road designations for access to the Peaks Hunt Unit
Additional motorized OHV trails between Flagstaff and Munds Park
2014 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)
The published MVUM (pictured above left) dated April 15, 2014 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 hardcopy 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.
2014 MVUM Travel Aids
The MVUM’s large 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 aids” 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 aids are identical to the road, trail, and area designations depicted on the current MVUM dated April 15, 2014. However, these travel aids 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 aid. Be sure to read the guidance before installation and use of the travel aid.
GPS-enabled travel aids are available for these devices:
The MVUM does not restrict where forest 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 so depicted by the MVUM’s “dispersed camping” symbol (dot notations). Forest visitors may park within 30 feet of any designated road’s edge and camp anywhere on National Forest System lands, except where specifically prohibited. When parking along a designated road, drivers must pull off the traveled portion of the roadway to permit the safe passage of traffic.