How to find the best OHV trails near you

Want to know where you can ride your ATV or Side by Side? Here are the best websites, maps and Apps for finding great riding trails near you.

Here are the top resources you can use to discover fun, scenic places to ride, including designated, signed trail systems with parking at trailheads, forest roads on state and federal lands, and private ATV parks.

1. Stepoutside.org

stepoutside.org showing places to ride around Caldwell, ID

Step Outside is an easy and free way to get started exploring the trail opportunities in your area. Start your search with the map to find local destinations where you can go to enjoy riding off-road with friends and family.

2. Riderplanet USA

Photograph by David Halsey (club president)

This website displays a state-by-state list of public and private destinations for riding ATVs and side-by-sides (SxSs), as well as dirt bikes and 4WD trucks. Go to the website, tap on the state you are interested in, and you’ll discover a long list of public trails, open riding areas, private ATV parks and motocross tracks. Details for each include open/closed status, rules and regulations, trail miles, difficulty level, local services, directions, plus photos and videos submitted by riders.

3. U.S. Forest Service Interactive Trail Map

Photograph by David Halsey

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manages over 150 National Forests. Many of their Forest Roads are open to both highway-legal vehicles and off-highway vehicles. Some also have designated, signed trail systems that are open to ATVs and SxSs that are 50 inches or less in width.

National Forests print a Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) identifying those roads and trails, available at Forest Service offices. The Forest Service Interactive Travel Map is an online tool that also shows routes and trails.

In Western states, many of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also have areas designated open to OHVs, in mountainous terrain, dunes and deserts. To learn more about the riding opportunities in your area, check with your nearest BLM office.

4. On-X Offroad *PAID*

Though not a free solution, On-X has incredible features (Hello 3D mapping!) that make is a fantastic option and totally worth the $30/yr fee. There is a free trial, so you can take it for a spin before committing. The mobile app allows you to download maps to work with your device’s GPS even when you’re out of cellular range (yes, GPS still works even when your cellular sucks). If you’re going to make this OHV riding a regular hobby, then this app is a no-brainer. Get it here.

Some of the content for this post came from stepoutside.org.

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