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Where to ride OHVs

Registered OHVs literally have thousands of miles of riding opportunities in North Dakota. In general, OHVs may ride on:

  • A paved highway posted with a speed limit not exceeding 55 miles per hour.
  • A licensed driver over 16 years of age may operate a registered Class III OHV on a paved highway designated and posted at a speed not exceeding 65 miles per hour.
  • The highway right of way, bottom of the ditch or along the outslope. It is illegal to operate on the shoulder or inside slope.
  • A gravel, dirt, or loose surface roadway.
  • Frozen waters where you have legal access. Be careful of open water and thin ice.
Little Missouri National Grasslands

An individual can operate an OHV on a roadway (paved or loose surface) only if it is equipped with the following equipment, all of which must be in working order:

  • One headlamp
  • One horn
  • One taillamp
  • Speedometer/odometer
  • One brake light
  • One mirror
  • Motor with a minimum of 350 cubic centimeters

If you are operating a Class I OHV, you are not required to have a headlamp, taillamp or brake light, unless you are riding at night. Riders should check with local law enforcement to verify riding regulations. Cities and counties may pass more restrictive ordinances relating to where OHVs may be operated.

Riding is NOT allowed on:

  • Controlled access highways/interstates
  • Posted or restricted public/private property that is regulated by local ordinances
  • State Parks, State Recreation Areas, Historic Sites or Wildlife Protection and Management Areas
  • Tree nursery or planting areas
  • Frozen water in a restricted area or where there is no legal access
  • Railroad right of ways
  • Motorized trails designed and leased for snowmobiles
Rough Rider OHV Trail

Some public lands are open to OHV riding and they include:

  • Pembina Gorge - Pembina Gorge trails will be open to OHV recreation starting Memorial Day weekend of 2012. - pdf formatPembina Gorge Brochure (pdf 35mb)
  • St. John's OHV Park —Located NW of Rolla in the town of St. John.
  • Little Missouri National Grasslands —Riders will find several hundred miles of riding opportunities. OHVs must stay on established roads and trails.
  • Roughrider OHV Trail—A 16-mile trail managed by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. The trail is located 30 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806; it begins at the Fort Rice Campground, travels north on an old railroad bed, and ends at Little Heart Bottoms.
  • Kimball Bottoms Recreation Area —Also known as,The Desert, this 400-acre play area is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located 8 miles south of Bismarck, ND.

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