This page summarizes
OHV trail riding areas on state and federal lands in Idaho and provides
links to maps and additional information. Excellent OHV trail riding
opportunities occur throughout the state and additional OHV routes are
being designated each year. This list will be updated continually, so
check back often to find new maps and riding opportunities. These maps
are the most recent available, but it’s always best to check with
local offices to find out about current trail conditions and travel
The Forest Service
and BLM conduct a detailed planning process to determine which routes
are available for motorized travel. Because this planning process takes
time to complete, different areas of public lands have different types
of information and maps available about motorized recreation opportunities.
The amount and quality of OHV route information and trail maps will
improve as travel planning is completed and updated.
Service Travel Plan Maps
Service “Travel Plan Maps” are the best maps available for
finding OHV opportunities on national forest lands. Travel Plan Maps
show detailed information about the routes available for motorized access
and recreation. They are available for every National Forest in Idaho
and can be obtained at Forest Service Office or by mail. Some National
Forests have made their Travel Plan Maps available online and links
to those sites are provided on this page. The FS is in the process of
revising all of their Travel Maps and more will be available online
in the near future.
Idaho BLM publishes
two series of maps that show travel routes on public lands: “Surface
Management Maps” and “Recreation Maps”. These maps
can be obtained at BLM offices or by mail. Like the Forest Service,
the BLM is in the process of revising this information and publishing
new Travel Maps. The Travel Maps will be more accurate, have up-to-date
route management information, and will be available online.
OHV Riding Areas on National Forests in Idaho
|1. Idaho Panhandle National Forest Trail Guide
Travel Planning website
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails
for motorized and non-motorized recreation. They’ve produced
a comprehensive trail guide that lists some of the more popular
trails. The guide contains 17 trails that are available for OHV
recreation. Access, route length, elevation gain, level of difficulty,
and a detailed trail map are provided for each trail. This is an
for large view
National Forest Travel Guide 2005 Revision, pages 13-20
The Clearwater NF
Travel Guide contains maps and descriptions of nine suggested ATV routes
on the Clearwater Forest in north Idaho. The Travel Guide describes
the location, trailhead facilities, elevation gain, level of difficulty,
and show detailed maps for each suggested route.
Clearwater National Forest Palouse District Trails
These trails are for 50" vehicles (no UTVs), with a variety of skill levels available. Please respect private property and stay on trails. Directions to Ruby Creek and Horse Camp Trailheads.
-Contact Potlatch District Office at (208) 875-1131.
National Forest Travel Management Maps
The Payette National
Forest is undergoing travel plan revision across the forest that will
revise much of the motorized travel on roads, trails and areas for
both summer and winter seasons. Current allowed travel can be found
by referencing the Forest visitor map along with the "Backroads" publication,
which show any updates since the visitor map was published. Routes
on the visitor map are makred as ATV, two-wheel motorized, non-motorized
ATV Trails on the Boise National Forest
The Boise National Forest has prepared a list of roads that are appropriate
for ATV recreation. These roads have little traffic and are not well
maintained but are open to all motorized vehicles, including full-sized
vehicles. Remember, ATVs must be driven by a licensed driver and must
have a current OHV registration sticker.
Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Area Map, Mountain Home Ranger District, Boise
Link to order Danskin map
The Danskin Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in southwest
Idaho, about 15 miles east of Boise and 15 miles northeast of Mountain
Home. It encompasses some 60,000 acres and provides more than 150 miles
of designated trails for motorcycle and ATV recreation. The Danskins
contain mountainous and high-desert terrain and provide opportunities
for riders of all skill levels. Trails are open to motorized and non-motorized
uses. Motorized use is limited to Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHMs) and
ATVs (less than 48 inches wide) on designated trails only. Trails are
clearly signed for their allowed uses. The area is generally snow-free
and accessible from April- November.
- Contact: Mountain Home Ranger District, Boise National Forest
Ranger District Trail Index, Boise National Forest
The Emmett Ranger District has a very good trail
index posted on their website. The index is a table that describes 29
trails. Of these, 5 trails are open to OHVs and 16 are open to motorcycles.
The table gives the trail length, starting and ending elevations, and
relative difficulty for different recreation uses.
Challis National Forest Trail Guide
The following website provides tables that summarize motorized and mechanized
(bicycle) trail opportunities on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Dozens of trails are listed. The trails are grouped by geographic area
and information about trail length and access requirements is provided.
OHV Riding Areas on BLM Lands in Idaho
Foothills, Ridge to Rivers Trail System, Four Rivers Field Office, Idaho
Bureau of Land Management
The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is located in the Boise Foothills,
just north of Boise. About 30 miles of the trail system in the Upper
8th Street area are open to motorized travel (look for Trail #1 and
Trail #4 on the map, links below). These are single track trails best
suited for motorcycle use. The remainder of the trails are designated
for non-motorized use. A parking lot, loading ramp and restroom are
located about 3 miles north of Boise along the 8th Street Extenstion.
The motorized portion of the trail system is usually closed to use during
winter months. The trail system is managed cooperatively by the BLM
and the Boise City Parks Department. Trail maps can be purchased for
$5 at local bike and sporting shops or can be viewed online.
- Contacts: Boise City Parks and Recreation Department, (208) 384-4240;
Four Rivers Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (208) 384-3300
Area BLM Travel Guide, Salmon Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
BLM’s Salmon Field Office manages about 493,000 acres of public
land in east-central Idaho. The Field Office finalized a Travel Plan
in 2001 that allows motorized travel on either existing or designated
routes, depending on the area of travel. Motorized vehicles must use
designated routes in five specfic areas. Some routes have seasonal restrictions
to protect wildlife and reduce erosion, so be sure to review the map or talk to BLM before
Please remember that with very few exceptions, off road motorized travel is prohibited. See exceptions on the map.
- Contact: Salmon Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
Anthony Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Upper Snake Field Office, Idaho
Bureau of Land Management
St. Anthony Sand Dunes is located in eastern Idaho 50 miles northwest
of Idaho Falls. It offers 10,000 acres of sand dunes rising to 10,000
feet high. OHVs are allowed to ride on the open sand dunes. A portion
of the dunes is open to motorized recreation year-round and a portion
is closed seasonally to protect unique resource values. Staging and
camping facilities are available.
- Area Map
- Winter Closure Map
- Dunes Information
- Dunes Rules and Regulations
- Contact: Eastern Idaho Visitors Center, 630 W Broadway, Idaho Falls,
ID 83402 (208) 523-1012
Rock / Chinese Peak Trails, Pocatello Field Office, Idaho Bureau of
The Black Rock / Chinese Peak Trail System is located just west of Pocatello
in eastern Idaho. It contains 40 miles of designated routes for OHV
use. Motorized and mechanized travel is allowed on designated routes
between April 15 and November 15. The trail system is closed to motorized
and mechanized travel between November 16 and April 14. Staging facilities
include toilets and picnic tables.
- Contact: Pocatello Field Office, Bureau of Land Management at
12.Challis Area BLM Travel Map, Challis Field Office, Idaho Bureau of
BLM's Challis Field Office manages approximately 792,500 acres of public land in east-central Idaho. the Field Office produced a travel map in 2006 that depicts authorized motorized travel routes. The map is available for $1 each from the Challis Field Office.
- Contact: Challis Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 801 Blue Mountain Road, Challis, ID, 83226 (208) 879-6200.
Sources of OHV Trail Maps and Riding Opportunities
- The High Mountain
ATV Association is based in Wallace, Idaho. The Association promotes
safe and responsible ATV use by all riders and sponsors rides and
club events throughout the year. The Association publishes an ATV
Trail Map to the Silver Valley that it sells for $2.50.
- The ATV Map
to the Silver Valley can be viewed at wallace-id.com/highmountainATV/maps.html .
- Contact: High
Mountain ATV Association, P.O. Box 805
Wallace, Idaho 83873