While many states have severe Covid-19 restrictions, from California closing all 280 of its state parks to Arkansas closing its Wolf Gap ATV Trail System despite no state-wide Shelter in Place order, Wyoming is open for OHV recreation. Wyoming state parks are open for day-use OHV recreation, and BLM and USFS lands are open. The OHV season is generally April 1st through mid December.

The Wyoming Parks website says, “The increasing popularity of motorized trail recreation can also be gauged by the increasing demands placed on the State Trails Program. The USFS alone enrolled over 8,000 miles of roads in the program along with about 425 miles of trails, about 92 miles which are single-track trails for motorcycles – each year riding areas are improved and new opportunities are added. The BLM has enrolled 100% of their existing roads and trails which are estimated to be in excess of 40,000 miles. Additionally, 100% of existing roads and trails on State Trust lands and Game & Fish lands were also enrolled.”

Most of Wyoming’s OHV areas are located in mountain ranges, so expect a lot of snow and mud, along with great trails.

Meaning, you have to buy a $15 yearly OHV permit to access Wyoming’s 12 OHV trail systems, from the Black Hills on the northeast border to the Uinta Mountains OHV area on the southwest corner. Operators must also have a valid driver’s license, and their machines must have brakes, lights, mufflers and spark arrestors. Permits can be had at several agents statewide or by calling (307) 777-7477. Wyoming State Parks Historic Sites & Trails info can be had at (307) 777-6323, and OHV area maps can be downloaded at www.wyoparks.wyo.gov. All needed info can be downloaded from the website, including USFS maps.

It’s cool that Wyoming State Parks links trails and historic sites, as UTVs are a great way to get to great sites, fishing holes and camp grounds.

For up-to-date Coronavirus mitigation information by state, check out:  https://www.mic.org/#/covid

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