All Terrain Vehicles
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are an important form of both recreational and professional transportation. Oregon has hundreds of miles of scenic and safe trails for ATVs to recreate, and our rural communities hope to benefit from these opportunities. Currently, Oregon only permits operation of ATVs on public highways in very specific situations, such as to cross it at a 90 degree angle, unless the road authority permits greater access. A County Board of Commissioners could enable ATVs on their county roads through an ordinance, but should keep in mind the liability risk inherent.
Counties with ATV Ordinances
These counties permit ATV access on some or all of their county roads. Please review each ordinance carefully prior to assuming any county road is open to ATV’s.
Issue Brief: Permitting the use of ATVs on County Roads – Rob Bovett, AOC Legal Counsel
ATVs on Roadways: A Safety Crisis – Consumers Federation of America
SB 192 Presentation – Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation