Motor Vehicle Use Maps

An illustration of the different types and signs on National Forest RoadsDriving conditions on National Forest roads are much different than those encountered on city streets or state highways. Forest roads range from two-lane paved roads to dirt tracks winding through the brush. Most National Forest roads are single-lane, gravel, low-speed roads.

Some roads are closed to protect wildlife or because they are not safe for travel. You can find out about road closures by using a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and by calling the local ranger station.

The Siuslaw National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) shows the National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and the areas on National Forest System lands that are designated for motor vehicle use. The MVUM also identifies the vehicle classes allowed on each route and in each area; and any seasonal restrictions that apply on those routes and in those areas.

The Motor Vehicle Use Map also displays uses allowed by vehicle class (highway-legal vehicles and off-highway vehicles), dispersed camping, as well as general travel rules and regulations. Routes not shown on the MVUM 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 MVUM. It is the user's responsibility to refer to the MVUM to determine designated routes for motor vehicle use. The MVUM will be updated annually to correct mapping errors or discrepancies, and to update travel decisions.

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 Use Map, Ranger District Map, or other topographic map. The MVUM is free to the public and hardcopies are available at Siuslaw National Forest offices.

You can view these maps on any GPS-enabled mobile device using an app such as Avenza Systems PDF Maps which will identify your location in reference to areas marked on the map as open or closed. You can also use the links below to print the sections you are interested in traveling on. On page 6 of the document, you will find a locator map of the Ranger District to help you plan your travel.

District Motor Vehicle Use Maps:

Hebo Ranger District (June 1, 2016)
(4,549 KB PDF, 33 pages)

Central Coast Ranger District - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (June 1, 2016)
(8,265 KB PDF, 63 pages)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I print the MVUM?

Can I keep using older MVUMs, even though the newer version is now available?

Does the MVUM show non-motorized trails?

What do you mean by vehicle class?

What are the rules for motorized dispersed camping?

Are there road and trails route marker signs on the ground?

How do I print the MVUM?

The MVUM can be printed on 8.5" x 11" paper using home printers. With Adobe Acrobat, you can print either the whole atlas by using the "Print All" function or use the "Pages" function to print the pages you need. The Coversheet, Purpose and Content, Seasonal and Special Vehicle Designation Table, Dispersed Camping Table; and Map Index pages must printed along with the township and range index map you are traveling to, if you are printing just certain map page. See the individual ranger district webpage for more detail.

Here are instructions on how to print the atlas:

If you want to print the whole atlas, select the "All" function under the "Print Range. “A total of 33 pages for the Hebo Ranger District and 63 pages for the Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Areas will be printed.

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If printing only certain areas of the atlas, select the "Pages" function and enter the page numbers.

The Coverpage, Purpose and Content, Seasonal and Special Vehicle Designation Table, Dispersed Camping Table; and Map Index pages must printed along with the township and range index map pages you are traveling to. These mandatory pages (pages 1 - 12) are needed for reference while out in the area.

For example, if you want to go to T. 2 S., R09 W.; T.3 S., R. 10 W.; T.3 S.; R09 W., you would enter 1 – 12, 13, 14, 15 as shown in the screen shot below.

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Can I keep using older MVUMs, even though the newer version is now available?

While most roads and trails on older MVUMs do not change, you should print off or pick up a copy of the latest MVUMs to ensure you have the most up-to-date version of the map and don’t inadvertently use a road or trail that is no longer open for motorized use.

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Does the MVUM show non-motorized trails?

No, the Forest Visitor Map shows non-motorized routes, including mechanized (e.g., mountain bike) trails, hiking, and horse trails. Visitor Maps are available for purchase at Forest Service offices.

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What do you mean by vehicle class?

Vehicle class refers to certain categories of motorized vehicles. The following are typical vehicle class route designations:

Roads open to highway-legal vehicles only (licensed)

Roads and trails open to all motor vehicles, including unlicensed non-highway-legal vehicles such as quads, dirt bikes, sand rails, etc.

It's important to understand that routes and areas shown open to certain vehicle classes do not mean they are necessarily maintained for or suitable for travel using those vehicles. It simply means it is legal to use them. For example, many non-key (secondary) roads may be open to all motor vehicles. This designation includes passenger cars, although it may not be prudent to drive this type of vehicle on the route due to the condition of the surface or during inclement weather. Please check with the local Ranger District Offices for more information.

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What are the rules for motorized dispersed camping?

Dispersed camping (camping outside developed campgrounds) with motor vehicles may occur only in those areas indicated on the MVUM. In such designated areas, motor vehicles may travel up to 150 feet off of the road to access and use established dispersed campsites.

Non-motorized dispersed camping may occur at any already established dispersed campsite unless it is posted as closed. All visitors are discouraged from creating new campsites and are encouraged to use ones that already exists.

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Are there road and trail route marker signs on the ground?

Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed. In some cases, a route marker may exist at the entrance of the road or trail with symbols indicating which classes of vehicles are allowed. Routes designated for motorized uses will be identified on the MVUM. The MVUM is an enforcement tool to ensure individuals are on the correct route. It is the responsibility of the user to determine if they are on a route designated for the motor vehicle being used.

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