An off-highway vehicle (OHV) is a self-propelled vehicle used for recreation or cross-country travel on public lands, trails, easements lakes, rivers or streams. The term includes but is not limited to motorcycles, ATVs, dune buggies, amphibious vehicles, air cushion vehicles, and any other means of land transportation deriving motive power from any source other than muscle or wind. Four-wheel-drive trucks registered as motor vehicles are not considered OHVs.
Most OHV trails are on public land. Trails are maintained by local clubs or government agencies with grant money provided by FWP. OHV funds are derived from OHV gas tax refund and decal fees.
For information about trail riding areas contact the local Forest Service or BLM office for a travel plan map.
On some Forest Service roads, children ages 12 - 16 must possess a Safety Certificate and be accompanied by a licensed operator. Montana Off Highway Vehicle Safety Courses are now available online. You may work at your own pace, and save and restart the course at anytime. At the completion of each chapter, you will take a quiz. At the end of the online course, you will take a final exam. When you pass the off highway vehicle safety certification exam, you will be able to print a temporary off highway vehicle safety certificate, and your permanent card will be mailed to you within a few weeks. There is a modest cost for the course, but the certificate has no expiration date, so this is a one-time fee.
Contact FWP at (406) 444-7642 or e-mail for more information about classes.