Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Forest Supervisor Rob MacWhorter signed the Final Record of Decision in 2016, selecting a modified Alternative 5. This Decision designated approximately 4,434 miles of roads open to public travel, with 3,082 open to mixed-use that includes both highway-legal and off-highway vehicles. The remaining 1,352 miles of roads are open to highway-legal vehicle use only. This decision also designates 180 miles of trails that allow motorized use.

What Does that Mean?

The Forest is implementing strategies to improve the designated route system for motorized vehicle use, including:

  • Providing Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for each District that show which routes and areas are designated as being open to the public, by vehicle type and open season of use. These maps are meant to be updated annually as the Forest strives to meet changing conditions or management strategies.
  • Provide clear, consistent and adequate signage that identifies routes that are designated “Open” by type of vehicle and season they are open for use, corresponding to the MVUMs. This will include signing of dead-end routes that lead to or stop at rivers, streams, meadows, and other sensitive resources to help protect them from damage.

A document called the Record of Decision, or ROD, describes the context for this decision. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available as downloadable PDF documents, as hard copy maps from any Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office, and on Avenza Maps, a mobile map app that allows for users to utilize the GPS features of their smart phone to help them travel across the forest with the MVUM as a helpful guide.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps:

Remember: if it doesn’t show up on the MVUM, it is NOT open for motorized travel!

Comments can be sent to r6-rrsnf@fs.fed.us

Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) - Talking Points

September 16, 2016

  • MVUMs identify where motorized use is allowed on national forest roads and trails. Motorized cross country travel is prohibited. Approximately 4,400 miles of roads and 180 miles of trail are open to motorized use, in addition to the 15-acre Woodruff OHV play area.
  • The MVUMs have been published as a result of the signing of the Record of Decision for Travel Management-Subpart B. The few roads/trails that were closed specific to this process were due to environmental concerns.
  • Free hard copy MVUMs are available at each ranger district on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, including the Medford & Grants Pass Interagency Offices. The MVUM maps are designed to be used with a forest visitor/recreation map for cross referencing purposes.
  • Maps may also be downloaded from the forest website under “Maps & Publications” at www.fs.usda.gov/main/rogue-siskiyou/maps-pubs
  • Use a smart phone or tablet to download a free mobile map app on Avenza PDF maps. Avenza allows for users to use GPS features on their smartphones.
  • To find maps on Avenza, go to https://www.avenzamaps.com/ , go to bottom of screen & click on “store”.  Type in Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in the search box.
  • There are a total of 4 hard copy MVUM maps available (Wild Rivers-North & South, High Cascades-North & South, Siskiyou Mountains, Gold Beach/Powers), which makes for 7 electronic MVUM pdf files on Avenza and the forest website.
  • Download from Avenza prior to your trip in a location with good wifi coverage. Once downloaded, Avenza uses GPS satellites and does not require cell phone coverage.
  • Motorized use will continue to be allowed for emergency purposes by law enforcement, wildland fire personnel and the military. Limited administrative and special permitted uses will also be allowed, as will use of a wheelchair or mobility devise for mobility impaired people.
  • For the first year of implementation, public education will be the focus to allow for a reasonable opportunity to understand the new rules. However, the MVUM is enforceable and fines will be issued.
  • The MVUM is designed to be updated annually to meet changing conditions and reflect new information. We will continue to work with volunteers to assist us with implementation & monitoring, and to make recommendations for revisions. Please share your feedback with us. We will provide a comment inbox on our website at and a comment form at our front offices.