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Come Ride New Hampshire!

Director-GNormandeauF-cropped_opt.jpgI want to extend a sincere welcome to everyone riding the trails in New Hampshire. With more than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails and 1,000 miles of OHRV trails to explore, we have lot of beautiful country to see and good times to be enjoyed.

Touring by snowmobile is an exciting way to experience some of the state’s special places during the winter months. A lot of you also enjoy getting out on All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-side OHRVs and trail bikes to explore the outdoors with friends and family.

I encourage you to become active in your sport and join a local snowmobile or OHRV club. The success of New Hampshire’s trail systems rests on our partnerships with state and local clubs and with landowners. Don’t forget — more than 80% of the state’s trails are on private lands, so please stay on the trails and ride responsibly.

We’ve got great opportunities for riding OHRVs and snowmobiles in New Hampshire thanks to a unique working partnership among Fish and Game, the N.H. Bureau of Trails (operated by the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development) and state and local snowmobile and ATV clubs. Fish and Game oversees OHRV registration, as well as safety education and enforcement.

The N.H. Bureau of Trails at DRED provides grants to local clubs for equipment and trail maintenance activities. That’s what most of your registration fees go to pay for (82% of snowmobile and 57% of ATV registration fees). So you can see that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure that you have safe, well-groomed trails to enjoy!

While you’re out having fun on the trails, be sure to wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet. Sign the kids up for the required safety education class, and stick around for it yourself — you might be surprised what you can learn. Above all, respect the limits of your machine and your own riding experience. Whatever season of the year you are cruising the trails, ride responsibly and have a great time.


Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

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