Off Highway Vehicles


2021 Colorado Transportation Commission approved the OHV

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.

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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.