Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Highlights of the Regulation

  • The rule requires each national forest or ranger district to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicles.
  • Designation will include class of vehicle and, if appropriate, time of year for motor vehicle use. A given route, for example, could be designated for use by motorcycles, ATVs, or street-legal vehicles.
  • Once designation is complete, the rule will prohibit motor vehicle use off the designated system or inconsistent with the designations.
  • Designation decisions will be made locally, with public input and in coordination with state, local, and tribal governments.
  • Designations will be shown on a motor vehicle use map. Use inconsistent with the designations will be prohibited.

The Forest Service announced a new regulation on November 2, 2005, governing off-highway vehicles and other motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. This rule requires each national forest or ranger district to designate those roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use.

A Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is a legal document required under the Travel Management Rule. The Motor Vehicle Use Maps are free maps available at any of the Modoc National Forest offices or can be downloaded from the list below. These 2-sided maps show the roads and trails for each district on the Modoc National Forest that are designated open for motor vehicle use. The Motor Vehicle Use Map also displays uses allowed by vehicle class (highway-legal vehicles, vehicles less than 50 inches wide and motorcycles) and seasonal allowances. The Motor Vehicle Use Map provides information on other travel rules and regulations. Routes not shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map are not open to public motor vehicle travel. Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground, but will be identified on the Motor Vehicle Use Map.

The Motor Vehicle Use Map is a black and white map with no topographic features. It is best used in conjunction with a Forest Visitor Map or other topographic map.

Modoc National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps:

Big Valley Ranger District: North

 

Big Valley Ranger District: South

 

Devil's Garden Ranger District

 

Doublehead Ranger District

 

Warner Mountain Ranger District