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Come Explore New Hampshire’s Trails!

New Hampshire welcomes OHRV riders to responsibly enjoy our extensive trail system. More than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails and 1,300 miles of OHRV trails crisscross the Granite State. Whether you are touring by snowmobile or hitting the trail on your ATV, UTV or trail bike, you can look forward to good times with friends and family in New Hampshire’s great outdoors.

As the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department observes its 150th anniversary in 2015, memorable milestones include the “snow revolution” of the 1960s, when snowmobiles made their debut. All-Terrain Vehicles and trail bikes surged thru the 1990s and UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicles or side-by-sides) sales have risen dramatically over the last five years. Fish and Game became responsible for enforcing snowmobile and ATV laws in 1971, and for the OHRV safety education in 1975. It’s been a great ride since those “good old days,” with many technological improvements along the way.

Recent years have seen a significant increase in riding opportunities in New Hampshire’s North Country for ATVs and UTVs on the Ride the Wilds system, a 1,000+ mile interconnected system of trails and authorized roadways that run through New Hampshire’s Great North Woods. Enjoy this resource, but please use great caution when riding on approved roadways. Riders must stay on designated trails and respect the landowners who generously allow trails on their property.

Throughout the state, illegal off-trail riding, modified exhaust systems, wetlands violations, and failure to obey speed limits damage the reputation of all trail riders and threaten the essential partnership with landowners that makes the sport possible.

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, wear protective gear, 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.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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