OHV Riding & Camping

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A variety of terrains challenge riders of all skill levels on the off-highway trails.  Before you start out, there are some things you will need to know.


Off-highway use on the Tahoe National Forest is regulated under both Federal and State Law.  Briefly, users are required to have a  license, a properly registered vehicle, and a working spark arrestor.  They are also required to stay within Federal noise limits, ride safely, and abide by the area's off-highway restrictions.  These regulations, enforced by Forest Officers, are designed to minimize environmental degradation and to reduce conflicts between users.  It is your responsibility to know the regulations and to abide by them.

Riders also need to be aware of and in compliance with the rules regarding routes and seasons of use that are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM).

For Additional Riding Opportunities in California - http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/


2016-17 OHV Grant Applications Notice of Public Review and Comment Opportunity

The Tahoe National Forest (TNF) is submitting its annual Preliminary Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) for funding to maintain and enhance its OHV program.

This grant cycle the TNF will be submitting grant applications for:

  • Ground Operations (OHV trails and facilities maintenance)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Development
    • Cal-Ida Connector Trail – Conduct finish work on a 20-mile trail connecting Halls Ranch and Chimney Rock OHV trails (Rough cut to be conducted under a separate RTP grant)
    • Little Sugar Reroutes – Construct 5 reroute segments (approx. 9-miles) to replace unsustainable trail segments within the Sugar Pine OHV Trail System
  • Restoration (Forest-wide) – Monitor 16 previous restoration projects for effectiveness and conduct additional restoration/closure work where needed Forest-wide. Focus Areas: restore/obliterate OHV trails after sustainable reroutes are constructed in the Sugar Pine OHV Trail System; analyze proposals to restore/obliterate certain routes that are adversely impacting portions of a subwatershed of the Truckee River (CA 303(d) Impaired Water Body for sedimentation); effectively close Greenhorn Creek; restore/obliterate a steep unauthorized route on Red Mountain
  • Education and Safety – Focused education at Tahoe NF OHV “Hotspots” through Forest Service personnel, Volunteer Trail Rangers and signage

The TNF OHV Preliminary Grant Applications will be available for public review and comment from March 7 to April 3, 2017, on the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division’s website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Public comments need to be submitted to both the Tahoe National Forest and the OHMVR, instructions on how to comment are on the OHMVR’s website.