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Operation

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  • Display a headlight and tail light when operating between ½ hour after sunset and ½ hour before sunrise.
  • Have brakes capable of stopping the vehicle within 40 feet at 20 MPH.
  • Yield to pedestrians, horseback riders and other trail users.
  • Yield to the right and reduce speed when meeting vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
  • Stop when requested to do so by a police officer or landowner and give your name and address.
  • Properly display both registration decals.
  • Carry valid registration certificate.
  • Carry valid driver’s license or approved Safety Certificate.

It Is Unlawful To:

  • Operate any OHRV or snowmobile on the property of another without written landowner permission.
  • Operate so as to endanger any person or damage property.
  • Operate on railroad tracks or within the railroad right-of-way unless the area is posted as a trail.
  • Operate on airports, airport runways or cemeteries.
  • Operate on any road or within the right-of-way except where authorized and posted.
  • Chase or harass wildlife.
  • Operate on town roads or sidewalks unless posted for OHRVs or snowmobiles.
  • Operate on or across any highway bridge unless posted as open for OHRVs or snowmobiles.
  • Tow any person or sled without a rigid hitch.
  • Operate while driver’s license is under suspension/revocation in N.H. or any other state or Canadian Province.
  • Skim across open water.
  • Have or carry a loaded gun, cocked crossbow, etc., in or on a vehicle, pursuant to RSA 207:7, II.
  • Operate on property to hunt or retrieve game without written landowner permission.

OPERATION Limitations

Highway Operation. OHRVs or snowmobiles are not permitted to operate on the traveled portion or within the right-of-way of any public way, including roads, streets, highways, bridges, parking lots, sidewalks or ways that are maintained by any city, town, county, state or federal agency, except when specifically allowed and posted.

Highway Crossings. Permitted crossings may be established across some roads, except interstate highways, toll roads and limited-access highways.

At all permitted highway crossings, operators must:

  • Come to a complete stop before the shoulder of the road.
  • Yield to all traffic.
  • Cross at a 90-degree angle.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license or approved Safety Certificate.

Operation on approved state-owned atv trails:

On State-owned trails in Coos and Grafton counties, OHRVs up to 62 inches wide may be operated. In Jericho Mountain State Park, OHRVs up to 65 inches wide are allowed. OHRVs over 50 inches wide are prohibited on State-owned trails in southern New Hampshire. (RSA 215-A:43IV). See page 13.

Stay on the trail or stay home

80% of all OHRV and snowmobile trails are on privately owned land in New Hampshire. To ensure that the trails remain open for future riders, stay on the trail! Operating on the land of another without written permission is a violation of the law.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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