OHV Riding and Management

Motorcycle rider crossing a trail bridgeThe Wallowa-Whitman National Forest offers many opportunites for OHV riders across the Forest. Some visitors come to ride their machines on the Forest's designated trails, whereas other visitors use their vehicles to explore mountain roads, viewing scenery, picking berries and looking for widlife. No matter what your preference, we encourage you to ride responsibly and only ride on designated OHV roads and trails.


More Information

For more information on the riding opportunities, current partnerships and management plans please view the following links.

Trail Riding Opportunities

  • Designated OHV trail riding opportunities are found on the left side bar under, 'Recreation' - OHV Riding and Camping.
  • The forest also has several OHV Trail Riding Areas that provide recreational opportunities on interconnecting trails in a general geographic area.

OHV Permit Requirements

OHV users must have an Oregon ATV permit to operate OHVs on Forest Service and other public lands. Information about purchasing an Oregon ATV Permit Fee, operator requirements, and using out-of-state ATV  permits is found on the Oregon Parks and Recreation ATV website.

Minimizing OHV Impacts

The ability of OHVs to go in all types of weather and terrain can lead to resource impacts if not used responsibly. To minimize your impacts check out these 10 ways to be more responsible as you enjoy the National Forest, or read more 'Quick Tips' at the Tread Lightly! website.

Oregon Parks and Recreation  OHV Partnership

Your ATV at Works IconThe Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.  ATV Grants help pay for operation and maintenance, law enforcement, emergency medical services, land acquisition, leases, planning, development, and safety education in Oregon's OHV recreation areas.

For over 20 years the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has fostered a strong partnership with OPRD. This partnership has resulted in the Forest obtaining grant funds to enhanced riding opportunities across the National Forest with trail developments, maintenance, enforcement, and planning.

Other OHV Partners and Organizations

OHV partners and organizations assist the Forest in; operating and maintaining trails, planning and implementing projects, conducting compliance checks, showing available riding areas, and providing information about being a responsible OHV operator.