OHV Riding & Camping
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Prep Your Ride
In order to legally operate an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV);on public land, you must register with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). DMV will issue a Green or Red stricker for off-road vehicles. Vehicles that can be operated both on and off highways will be given a street-legal license. No registration is required for vehicles used on closed courses only. Registration is required when riding on trails and roads.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)
The Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System routes (roads and trails) or areas designated open to motorized travel. 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.
It is your responsibility to reference the MVUM to stay on designated routes for motor vehicle use. Information on Travel Management direction and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) programs should be obtained by contacting the forest directly.
Seasonal Road and Trail Closure
The Motor Vehicle Use Map indicates which roads and trails will be closed and may be picked up at any ranger district office. Roads identified in the MVUM as being open may close due to local weather conditions as necessary.
Sonora, Calif. — December 2, 2021. Seasonal closures of some National Forest System roads and trails that are designated for motor vehicle use pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 212.51 begin on December 15 and will remain in effect through April 14, 2022.
The free Stanislaus National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map, or MVUM, indicates which National Forest roads and trails are subject to the seasonal closure. This map may be downloaded by visiting the Stanislaus National Forest Maps webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/stanislaus/maps-pubs. Free paper copies of the MVUMs are available at one of our Ranger District offices or the Forest Supervisors office.
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