RIDE SPOT: WASHINGTON STATE

RIDE SPOT: WASHINGTON STATE

There are over 5000 miles of OHV-legal trails and dirt roads in the state of Washington that we can all enjoy exploring in a UTV. The problem is that it’s hard for visitors to find out where they are. Washington Hometown has worked with user groups and managing agencies to gather data on places to ride, and used that information to create OHV WA, a web map and smartphone app where you can access all that information in the palm of your hand. Users can filter for specific vehicles: dirt bikes, 50-inch ATVs or full-sized UTVs.

Ridespot: Washington State is unique. Washington Hometown has worked closely with the OHV community and recreational managers to get the best possible data on motorized riding opportunities. This collaboration has been particularly important when it comes to mapping Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (WATV) roads.
The information is available as both a web map that can be accessed from a browser and an app for Apple and Android. Both are free for users, and the app allows users to download regions for off-line navigation at www.mapswa.com.

MILES AND MILES

According to Washington Hometown, this is a very dynamic project they have been working on for the last decade to help recreators plan their next adventure. Many different organizations offer recreational opportunities, but there has never been a single place where someone could go to find all the information they need regarding trails in Washington. Users don’t have to go to the websites for each individual national forest, state agency or county to find trails anymore.

This shows the different filters and layers you can navigate through on the smartphone app. It’s available for Apple and Android devices.
User groups had pulled together a list of counties and cities with WATV ordinances, but this information was just a list of counties and links to the ordinances. In order to map the roads, they had to reach out to each individual county to get the information to map the roads in their area that allowed WATVs.

TRAILS FOR DAYS

Washington Hometown has pulled information on more than 17,000 recreational opportunities (areas, trails, access and facilities) from more than 180 sources, validated it, standardized it and added the information that users need. Maps include trails, trail access, nearby recreational facilities, recreational roads and county roads open to street-legal ATVs (WATVs). Because users need to know what is currently open for their specific activity, they code every road by the specific rules (street-legal only, WATV or any OHV), and by the status (open or closed, seasonally/temporarily). Users can filter to find facilities open to their specific activity at www.mapswa.com free of charge. As a Ridespot: Washington State has more organized information than most states.

See more where-to-ride information here: https://utvactionmag.com/where-to-ride/

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