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Operating on Public Lands

Most riding areas and trails in Montana are on federal public land.

  • Operators should contact the appropriate agency for the area where they plan to ride. In general, state lands are not open to OHV use.
  • Riding on public lands is a privilege. To protect this privilege:
    • Stay on designated roads and trails or in permitted areas. To find trails that are open for OHV use, check with dealerships, local OHV clubs, and websites.
    • Avoid sensitive areas unless you are operating on a designated route.
    • Ride in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.
    • Respect all seasonal and permanent trail closures.

Operating on Private Lands

You may operate on private lands if you have permission from the landowner.

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