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Ride New Hampshire’s Trails!

New Hampshire welcomes snowmobile and Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle riders to responsibly enjoy our extensive trail systems. More than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails and 1,300 miles of OHRV trails crisscross our beautiful state. Come see the picturesque landscape, from mountains, lakes, and rivers to forests, fields, and scenic villages. Whether you are touring by snowmobile or hitting the trail on your ATV, UTV, or trail bike, New Hampshire has much to offer you and your family and friends.

In recent years, there has been an increase in riding opportunities in the state and consequently in the number of riders. The Ride the Wilds system in the North Country offers more than 1,000 miles of trails for ATVs and UTVs, including some authorized roadways. Use caution when riding on approved roads. Riders must stay on designated trails and respect the rights and requests of landowners. It is their generosity that allows us to have so many miles of great trails.

Also be sure to wear a helmet and eye protection. An accident can happen in a split second and the safety of riders is our greatest concern. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department strongly recommends that all riders participate in a Safety Education Class. State law requires that all operators 12 years of age and over must possess either a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or must have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class.

The vast majority of riders follow the rules and practice safe responsible riding, but illegal off-trail riding, speeding, driving under the influence, and modified exhaust systems damage the reputation of all trail riders and threaten the essential partnership with landowners that makes the sport possible. Our ability to provide adequate services to our core hunting, fishing, and outdoor constituents as well as managing a rapidly expanding OHRV industry is difficult with our current level of staffing, so your cooperation to make the sport safe and fun for all is essential.

I encourage you to consider becoming more active in your sport by joining a local snowmobile or OHRV club. These organizations and their volunteers are a valuable asset and work to get landowner permission, maintain the trails, and educate riders. So get out there, enjoy good times in the great outdoors, and ride responsibly.

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The NH Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.

Note for wheeled vehicle registrants:
Effective May 1, 2018 (starting with 2018/2019 registrations), wheeled vehicle registrations will be broken out into member vs. non-club member rates; appropriate proof of club membership will be required at the time of registration for member rates.