Operating on Public and Private Lands
You may operate your OHRV or snowmobile:
- On approved trails that are open and designated for your type of vehicle.
- On other public land or on private land if you have the landowner’s written permission and carry the written permission with you while you are operating.
- On state-owned or state-maintained trails, or on state-owned roads, from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. If you ride after dark, you are riding without the landowner’s permission and may be fined.
OHRVs: An OHRV trail map is available from the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails website. You may not operate on state-owned or leased land from the end of snowmobile season until May 23 each year (“mud season”). For specific dates, contact local clubs.
- The Ammonoosuc, Rockingham, and Sugar River trails are open all year long.
- The following width restrictions apply to UTVs and OHRVs.
- OHRVs over 50 inches wide are prohibited on state-owned trails in southern New Hampshire.
- OHRVs, including UTVs, up to 65 inches wide may be operated on approved state-owned trails in Coos and Grafton counties.
Snowmobiles: An interactive online snowmobile trail map is available on the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails website or the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association website.
- This map is designed to help you find local trail systems and is not a trail riding map.
- For regional maps, contact local snowmobile clubs.
You may operate an OHRV or a snowmobile on private lands only if you have written permission from the landowner.
- Over 80% of the snowmobile trails in New Hampshire are on private property.
- Landowners are not required to post their land to keep out OHRV and snowmobile operators.
- Landowners are not required to keep their land safe for use by OHRV or snowmobile operators or other outdoor recreational users.
- Landowners are allowed to set the operating hours for OHRVs and snowmobiles using their private land.
Thank a Landowner
Riding on private land is a privilege. Always thank landowners who allow you to operate an OHRV or snowmobile on their property. Some ways to thank them are:
- Visiting them at the end of the season to thank them personally
- Sending a personal thank-you note
- Giving them a photograph you took while you were riding on their property
- Sending a small gift or a gift card
- Offering to help with repairs or other tasks around the property
For more information, visit the New Hampshire Thank the Landowner website.