Off Highway Vehicles

2021 Colorado Transportation Commission approved new OHV Pilot Program Approved for Three Years

March 18, 2021

Lake City, CO – Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Transportation Commission gave unanimous approval today to a new three-year Pilot Program that will allow Off-Highway Vehicles to operate on State Highway 149. This program makes it possible for OHV riders to travel the entire Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, which requires traveling on a 3.26-mile stretch of Hwy 149.

The Pilot Program will run seasonally in 2021, 2022 and 2023, from the Friday before Memorial Day through September 30 of each year. OHVs will be able to ride on Hwy 149 from CR 30 south of Lake City, to the Ocean Wave Drive intersection (MP 73.11) on the northern end of Lake City. OHVs are not permitted to ride on any other areas of the highway at any time outside the boundaries of the program.

OHVs are permitted on all Town and County roads. The Pilot Program only affects travel on the highway.

Hinsdale County, Town of Lake City and Hinsdale County Sheriff Department worked with CDOT representatives to identify specific considerations to be included in the pilot program permit that are intended to maximize the safety of OHVs traveling on the highway. After first reviewing the pilot program application in February, the Transportation Commission requested these safety conditions be included in the resolution up for approval.

Please click here for full press release HERE

Lake City – Hinsdale County OHV Regulations


All OHV use on Lake City and Hinsdale County roads must comply with the Colorado State statues pertaining to motor vehicles and follow posted speed limits.

All OHV’s operators and or passengers must meet the following requirements:

  • MUST have a current Colorado OHV permit. Note: Colorado does not recognize permits from other states.

  • Operators must have a valid driver’s license in their possession

  • Must have proof of current OHV liability insurance.

  • Required to wear a restraint/seatbelt if: the OHV manufacturer originally incorporated restraint or child car seats. Child car seats and restraints must be used in accordance with Colorado motor vehicle laws CRS 42-4-236.

  • Under 18yrs must wear a DOT approved helmet unless in a child seat or age appropriate restraint. Child helmet exception is applicable ONLY for OHV’s designed and manufactured to support a child seat.

  • Required to have proper eye protection (glasses, sunglasses, goggles, etc.) OHV’s with windshields do satisfy this requirement. 

  • May not carry more passengers than designated by the manufacturer. All passengers must be seated in designated seating per manufacturer specifications.

  • It is unlawful to operate any vehicle off: designated streets, roads, highways or trails.

From May 28 until September 30, 2021, OHV’s are allowed on State Highway 149 from the County Road 30 intersection south of town, to the Oceanwave Drive intersection ONLY. OHV’s are NEVER allowed to travel on Hwy 149 past CR 30 to the south, or past the Lake City Bakery within the Town of Lake City.

Fines may be assessed from $75, not to exceed $1000




OHVs are allowed on Hinsdale County roads and Town of Lake City streets with operator and equipment restrictions and requirements in place. Please contact the Hinsdale County Sheriff’s office at 970-944-2291 for up-to-date rules and regulations, or go to Hinsdale County Sheriff for updated regulation or OHV ordinance information.


OHV operators driving Hinsdale County and Lake City roads and streets must have a valid Driver's License or Operator's Permit and must carry standard motor vehicle liability insurance (Colorado standards 25/50K). All operators must have a Colorado State Parks sticker. All operators must observe county and town speed limits (maximum 15 mph on Lake City streets – lower if posted) and all traffic laws. All OHVs are required to stay on designated roads and must observe all road restrictions. For personal safety and the safety of others, please exercise common road courtesy and mountain-driving common sense.