Where Can I Ride?
New Hampshire Other Regulations
You can ride on trails that are clearly signed and designated for the type of vehicle that you are operating, or on land where you have received written landowner permission to ride. Contact the N.H. Bureau of Trails or a local club for more information. See maps on Snowmobile Trail Map (PDF) and OHRV Trail Map (PDF).
When purchasing or renting an OHRV or snowmobile, all riders are required to be familiar with the rules and regulations of operation prior to sale or rental.
Unless you are on an approved trail system or you have obtained permission for the specific piece of land, you are in violation of the law. All land, whether public or private, requires landowner permission. Over 80% of the snowmobile and other trail systems in N.H. are on private property.
Stay on the Trail or Stay Home
To ensure that the trails remain open for future riders, respect the wishes of landowners and stay on designated trails. You may only operate on approved trails for the type of machine you are operating OR you must have written landowner permission on your person.
Posted Land and Duty of Care
Landowners are not required to post their property against snowmobile or OHRV use. The absence of signs prohibiting snowmobiles or OHRVs does not imply that they are welcome or allowed. Landowners are not responsible for keeping their land safe for use by others who may hunt, fish, trap, camp, hike, sightsee or operate snowmobiles or OHRVs.
For more information on landowner liability, go to: wildnh.com/landshare/landowner-liability.html.
It is recognized that OHRV and snowmobile operation may be hazardous. Therefore, each person who drives or rides an OHRV or snowmobile accepts the dangers inherent in the sport and shall not maintain an action against an owner, occupant or lessee of land for any injuries which result from such inherent risks, dangers or hazards. (RSA 215-A:5, RSA 215-C:55)
Welcome to New Hampshire’s OHRV and snowmobile trail networks. New Hampshire’s snowmobile trail system continues to be one of the best in North America, and its OHRV trail network is improving each year. The trails exist because of the work of state agencies, local volunteer clubs, municipalities and private landowners. It takes all of these entities working together. Get out and enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer.
The future of this trail system is in your hands. Pay attention to signs, stay on designated trails, and ride responsibly. Landowners and neighbors are watching how you ride, and your actions impact the future of these trails. Riding is a privilege afforded to you when you register. Your registration dollars go toward annual trail maintenance; without registering, you’re not doing your share as a participant, and the trails will close. Registering isn’t enough though; riding appropriately is as important.
And it doesn’t stop there — trails exist and are maintained by volunteer clubs. Get active and join one. Without them, there will be no trails to ride. The trails here are a fabulous way to explore our state’s grand scenery, support local communities, reconnect with nature, and enjoy time with family and friends. Help ensure that your experience today is available for you and other tomorrow and into the future.
For more information on clubs, riding areas, events and to find other trail-related information, please contact the N.H. Bureau of Trails at nhtrails.org or call 603-271-3254.
Chief Supervisor, Bureau of Trails
Division of Parks and Recreation
N.H. Dept. of Natural and