Welcome to 2022-23 New Hampshire ATV & Snowmobile
Safety and Respect
New Hampshire is a preferred destination for outdoor recreation and trail exploration because of the natural beauty of the state and its thousands of miles of trails for riders to enjoy. Whether your preference is snowmobiling in the winter or a fair-weather ride on an ATV, with over 7,000 miles of snowmobile and 1,300 miles of OHRV trails, there is something for everyone.
The NH Fish and Game Department works in collaboration with the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Trails Bureau to ensure an extensive, safe, and enjoyable trail system. We are continually working together on ways to improve safety as well as the riders’ experience.
We are facing a crossroads, however, because some riders do not obey the rules. In New Hampshire, 70% of land is in private hands, so we rely on the kindness of these landowners to keep their properties open for public use. While most riders follow the rules, illegal off-trail riding, speeding, and modified exhaust systems damage the reputation of all riders. Many trails on private property run the risk of landowners restricting access due to riders breaking the law and causing damage. Riding off trail can harm trees, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and crops. Illegal behavior could even result in trails on public lands not being available because access to them was lost. Please respect the rights of the landowners and obey all rules. They are also in place for your safety.
Accidents can happen to anyone with no warning, but inexperience is a big factor in many of them. Fish and Game strongly recommends all riders participate in a Safety Education Class. State law requires all operators 12 years of age and over to possess either a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class. Always wear safety equipment and stop at all roadways and marked intersections, as many trails cross roads used by cars.
For more information, including on how to take a safety class, how to register your OHRV, open snowmobile weekend, and the rules around riding, visit www.wildnh.com/ohrv. Rules can change mid-year, so visit the website for any updates.
For maps and information on trail conditions, visit the NH Trails Bureau at www.nhstateparks.org/activities/snowmobiling/trail-conditions. Also consider joining a local snowmobile or OHRV club. These organizations and their volunteers are a valuable asset and work to obtain landowner permission, maintain trails, and educate riders. So get outside, be safe, and enjoy New Hampshire’s beauty!
Scott R. Mason, Executive Director
NH Fish and Game Department
Sarah L. Stewart, Commissioner
NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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.