OHV Safety Tips

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV)

  • Plan Ahead -- Visit the webpage of your local or nearby state vehicular recreation areas (SVRA) before leaving home to find out if it is open and what new visitor guidelines are in effect. For example:
    • Entrance stations, staging areas, restrooms and concessions will not be operating at this time.
    • Off-highway transport vehicles must be parked approximately 10 feet or more during unloading staging areas. Carrying capacities will be determined by the district superintendent.
    • Shade cabanas adjacent to parking can be utilized only during equipment outfitting and breaks.
    • Off-highway vehicles allowed to operate include:
      • Motorcycles
      • ATVs (single seater)
      • ROV’s (multi-seaters)-only family/cohabitants
      • Jeeps, dune buggies and sand-rails – only family/cohabitants.
  • Stay Local -- Stay close to home. Do not take road trips to California’s SVRAs not in proximity to your neighborhood.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet -- Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. In your riding group, limit the group to people in your immediate household. Only sheltering together can ride together in UTV’s and 4WD. No gatherings, picnics, or parties.
  • Stage Apart -- Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Use Safety Equipment-- Use proper equipment such as protective clothing, goggles, a proper helmet, gloves and spark arrestor.
  • Stay Clean -- Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer as restrooms may be limited. Keep soap/sanitizer in vehicle.
  • Pack it In – Pack it Out-- Facilities may remain closed while trails are open, so do your part to keep outdoor places healthy and accessible for other users.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Do not drink and ride.
  • Natural Resources: Tread lightly and stay on designated trails.
  • Drive with Courtesy: Be prepared to yield any time there is doubt and you can safely do so. Approach curves and hill crests with caution. Assume there are vehicles ahead and slow your driving accordingly. Allow extra room and stopping distance when approaching other vehicles.
  • For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
  • For more OHV information, please visit ohv.parks.ca.gov.


  • Carry a shovel and tire chains.
  • Park in designated areas and drive carefully within SNO-PARK sites.
  • Watch for pedestrians.
  • Do not build campfires on paved areas.