Rules and Regulations
One of the biggest threats to sustainable OHV operation in Arizona is the closure of riding areas due to illegal and unethical use. Irresponsible users create safety hazards and negatively affect Arizona’s natural resources.
Legislation was passed in 1972 that gave AZGFD the authority to identify habitat damage, provide information and education, and provide law enforcement for OHV-related activities. On June 27, 2008, law SB1167 was signed. This has helped Arizona adopt strong regulations to protect the state’s natural resources.
vehicle operation regulations and safety
It is unlawful for anyone to drive an OHV:
- With reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.
- Off an existing road, trail or route in a manner that causes damage to wildlife habitat, riparian areas, cultural or natural resources or property or improvements.
- On closed roads, trails, routes or areas (with the exception of hunters retrieving animals in designated areas in accordance with land management agency rules).
- Over unimproved roads, trails, routes or areas, unless driving on roads, trails, routes or areas is allowed by rule or regulation.
- That causes damage to the environment as prohibited by rule, regulation, ordinance or code.
A valid driver’s license is required when operating on roads that meet the definition of a highway, this includes maintained dirt roads.
Operating an ATV without the proper safety components for an additional rider is dangerous. Operating an ATV in this manner impedes proper riding techniques and drastically changes the vehicle’s response. Proper riding technique requires operators to shift their weight and position to maintain control. Many injuries sustained in OHV crashes can be attributed to passengers riding improperly.
driving while impaired
DUI with an OHV is just like a DUI in any other vehicle. It is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person is impaired to the slightest degree, A.R.S. 28-1381.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
Recreation in Arizona
License your off-highway vehicle for going out on trails. Check out the lakes in Arizona and what they have to offer.
buy your OHV decal
OHVs are required by law to display a valid Arizona decal to operate on public and state trust lands in Arizona.
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