OHV Non-resident permits.


Montana’s Nonresident OHV permit requirements have changed. For more information, visit the Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program page here.

Latest News

ATV Clubs Adjusting To Influx Of Side-by-Sides

Third in a series. ATV clubs are looking more and more like Side-by-Side (SxS) clubs. Photos of ATV club rides aren’t just sprinkled with SxSs anymore. Often, they are the dominant vehicle. In some parts of the country, new “SxS Clubs” are being formed. If you belong to one of them, or have thoughts on how SxSs (called recreational off-highway vehicles or ROVs by manufacturers) have changed your ATV club and its activities, we’d like to hear from you for this article series. Send your club name, contact info and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Idaho ATV Association Accommodates All ATV and SxS Riders

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News from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association

By Mike Sedlock, Steering Committee Chair, CTVA

Last weekend the Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) single track trail crew worked on motorcycle trail sections in the Galena Gulch area. Trails included Sullivan Gulch and Buttermilk Jim loop. This trail has not been cleared for a couple of years and had significant downfall.  The crew removed 57 trees and the loop is now in great shape!

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Three Great Resources For Converting Old Roads To New Trails

trail. Not too long ago, there were few resources available to help state and federal land managers, off-highway vehicle (OHV) program managers, and OHV clubs successfully convert existing natural surface roads to sustainable trails. Thankfully, that has all changed.  Now there is plenty of information, written by professional trail designers and builders, to help with that effort, benefitting both agencies and user groups. Here are three outstanding tools you can use to turn roads into trails. 

“Transforming Existing Routes Into Manageable, Enjoyable Trails for the OHV Community”  by Margie Tatro, Reineke Construction

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Recreational Trails Program Benefits Multiple Use Trails

By Beth Shumate, Recreational Trails Program Manager, Montana State Parks

Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association has set a new precedent for tackling trail maintenance efforts in Montana!  Not only have they successfully demonstrated that they can establish better relationships between federal and state partners but they have also demonstrated that they can accomplish more work on the ground in a more cost effective way than ever before.  MTVRA recently secured another $90,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the federally-funded RTP through an extremely competitive process. MTVRA also secured $90,000 in 2014 and $45,000 in 2015 for these same types of efforts from Montana’s RTP.  This on-going project is the third year of an effort to develop long-term methodology and partnerships to improve recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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The Divide Travel Management Plan Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest

By Bill Avey, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest Supervisor

“Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”  – Gifford Pinchot, U.S. Forest  Service Chief, 1905-1910

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is mandated to responsibly and objectively manage nearly three million acres of National Forest System lands in central Montana for multiple uses on behalf of the entire American public, while following numerous laws, regulations, and forest standards. It is a tough mission, but it is one that my colleagues willingly take on because they are passionate about doing what is right for “the greatest number in the long run.”

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Latest Announcements, Etc.

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

From: http://www.yamahaoai.com/

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

Supporting the outdoor enthusiast, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s mission is to provide practical support for efforts that promote safe, responsible use of OHVs, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.

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Tread Lightly! Announces 25 Partner-Funded Stewardship Projects Across Nation

TreadLightly logo. SALT LAKE CITY – In one of the most ambitious Restoration for Recreation™ initiatives in its history, Tread Lightly! has awarded funding for 25 stewardship projects throughout the country.  The projects will capstone the celebration of Tread Lightly!’s 25 year anniversary.  Funding was made possible through a partnership with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.

The initiative, named 25 for 25, includes projects in 18 states.  Each is spearheaded by Tread Lightly! members or agency partners, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, nonprofits, and individuals.  All are expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2016. Off-highway trails, shooting ranges, campgrounds, hunting areas, and other sites will all benefit from the program.

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2016 CTVA Fun Run

More than 109 people enjoyed this year’s CTVA Fun Run at Hellgate campground on Canyon Ferry Lake over Father’s Day weekend. The weather was sunny and beautiful aside from a Friday evening thunder shower. The Friday evening “potluck dinner” was a big hit with everyone. One Way Marine provided the main course of fried chicken, and members brought numerous delicious side dishes. Following the dinner a discussion was held with local law enforcement officers concerning laws that apply to OHV riders.

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With Gratitude from Mona Ehnes

Thank you to all members who have been consistently donating extra money with their renewals.  With those donations our trail maintenance fund is now at $3500.   The special t-shirts are still in the production stage, not forgotten.  The extra donations to the MTVRA Special Fund (legal) came to $2900 for the last year.   The extra donations are appreciated and I promise not to come up with another cause for donations.

2016 ATVMX Series Schedule Announced

from AMA ATV E News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG) are pleased to announce the 2016 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) series schedule. The 31st Annual AMA ATV Motocross Championship will feature 10 amateur rounds and 11 AMA Pro points rounds, visiting many of the most legendary facilities in addition to a new stop on the circuit.

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Montana XC – Second Half Started At Burnt Timber XC

Several riders. The summer break seemed to drag on, and then all of a sudden it was Labor Day weekend. Burnt Timber, hosted by the Butcher family since 2003, was rescheduled from a wet spring. The “Brawl in the Breaks” is a favorite among the Montana XC members. And this year was another epic weekend of riding. The highlights would have to include some of the hilarity of the bra relay race. Yes, a bra. Riders must wear the lady’s undergarment during their lap and pass the garment to the next rider. The weather was beautiful and the evening sky gave hint of rain. And, it rained, but thankfully it wasn’t ‘too much’. The racing on Sunday was beautiful. The temperatures stayed cool and the sky cloudy, the ground was tacky and it was a great day to be on the line. 

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2016 MTVRA State Ride – Another OHV Success!

By Russ Ehnes, Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

On August 12, 13, and 14th about 75 OHV riders got together at the quarry at Jefferson Creek near Neihart, Montana for the 2016 MTVRA State Ride.  A few people arrived the night before in order to get an early start Friday.  The rides on all three days included motorcycle rides, ATV rides and side-by-side rides, either on your own or with guides who are familiar with the area.  The guides offered a variety of loops depending on your desired level of difficulty, pace, or distance.

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Latest Legislative News

Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program Update

By Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager, Montana State Parks

The 2015 session of the Montana Legislature passed HB 167 that restructured the requirements of Montana’s OHV nonresident temporary use permit.  This new law makes Montana’s program similar to the regulations in our surrounding states. It rescinded reciprocity to 39 states, while honoring agreements with Idaho and North Dakota. The non-resident permit fee rose from $5 to $27 and permits are valid for one calendar year. 

Revenues generated go to education, OHV trail maintenance and noxious weed control efforts in the following amounts:

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Governor Bullock Announces Public Lands & Public Access Agenda

Billings, Mont., June 9 – Near the banks of the Yellowstone River, Governor Steve Bullock today announced details of his public lands and access agenda, saying it’s his “responsibility as governor” to uphold the Montana value of protecting the state’s outdoor heritage.

The Governor was joined by sportsmen, conservationists, recreationists, and members of Montana’s outdoor recreation and tourism industries as he unveiled his plans to expand and protect public access to public lands and waters throughout Montana.

“Public access to public lands is a fundamental part of what it means to be a Montanan,” said Governor Bullock. “And it’s my responsibility as governor to uphold this Montana value – now and in the years to come.”

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Governor Bullock Announces Release of Statewide Management Assessment of Invasive Species

HELENA, Montana—The Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC) released a statewide management assessment of invasive species this week. The assessment, a first for Montana and the second of its kind in the nation, provides a comprehensive look at how invasive species were managed in Montana in 2015. A copy of the assessment can be accessed at:


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Recreational Trails Program Achieves Major Victory

By Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall, Co-Chairs, Coalition for Recreational Trails

December 7, 2015

Working together as a potent national force as the Coalition for Recreational Trails, we have achieved a major victory in protecting the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the recent transportation reauthorization process. Conferees from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have agreed to new legislation, which covers the next five years (2016-2020), and the bill was signed into law by the President.

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New Legislation Will Bolster Montana’s OHV Program

by Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager, Montana State Parks Division

Two bills, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Bullock during the last session, will help strengthen Montana’s OHV program. A stronger program can support more projects on the ground and in the classroom, enhancing your riding options and experiences.

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Where Did All Those Trails Go?

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Plan

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Association

Long, long ago when we were all much younger, the Bitterroot National Forest initiated their Travel Management Plan.  Those of us who still retain some fragment of our memory of this event will recall being contacted by the Forest Service asking RCORA members to tell them where we pursue our interests in the Forest.  After many late night group sessions we produced a map as requested with color-coded motorcycle and ATV routes showing the approximate locations of routes that have been historically used by RCORUA’s membership.

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Cooke City OHV Riding

From: http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/activities/ohv.html

Cooke City. The network of OHV roads and trails on this map provide opportunities for outdoor recreation not found elsewhere. These roads and trails provide access to lakes, a historic mining district, a ghost town, breath-taking scenery, and numerous hiking trails. Much of the area you will be traveling is part of a large reclamation project designed to repair damage to the land and water caused by historic mining activity. Please be respectful of reclamation and stay on designated trails.

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President's Corner

President's Corner October 2016

Fall in the mountains came early this year. Returning to Billings from Cooke City on August 24th we decided to go over the Beartooth Pass. At 2PM the weather in Cooke City was partly cloudy and the traffic was relatively light for that time of the year. By the time we went past Long Lake and started up the switchbacks we encountered heavy rain, fog and snow. We decided it was prudent to turn around and take the Chief Joseph Highway back to Billings. Beartooth Pass was closed a couple of hours after we turned around. Unfortunately, we ran into fog, snow and hail going east on Chief Joseph. Stopping at Painters Outpost for coffee and M&Ms allowed for some of the weather to pass. No damage to vehicles or trailers.

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MTVRA’s OHV Ethics School Program

From a Report by Jim Dochnahl, Education Consultant

This was the sixth full school year of the partnership between Contractor Jim Dochnahl and the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA). This was a challenging year but through the hard work of MTVRA and Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ OHV program, funding issues were addressed and corrected. Our ethics education program reached 8,795 students during the 2011 – 2102 school year. From October to June, we visited 75 schools throughout Montana.

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How to legally ride your OHV

It is the operator’s responsibility to know the laws, regulations, legal routes and restrictions! Operate OHV’s only on areas and trails designated as open to OHVs. Check with the land management agency where you ride for regulations, OHV opportunity maps, and travel maps and carry them with you! Keep registration documents for your OHV with the vehicle or on the operator.



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