Operating on Public and Private Lands
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.
Remember—All OHV operators are responsible for knowing where, when, and how they are allowed to operate on public lands. Maps and information are available at local land managing agency offices. Violations are strictly enforced.
Operating on Private Lands: You may operate on private lands if you have permission from the landowner.