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Last Updated: 12/12/14

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Know B4 U Go - Information about using your OHV while hunting


Nonresident OHV permits are now available via the Department's Online License System, click here.

Click here to report a violation, or call the OHV Hotline at 1-800-366-4868.

Registration and Permitting of OHVs on Public Lands

OHV decal for residents
New rules require riders to display a validation decal on their OHV.

New Mexico requires mandatory registration for all OHVs used on public lands and display of a validation decal. Click here for details. New Mexico requires all OHV riders from out of state to be permitted on public lands and display a validation decal.

In addition to your valid registration, a U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestor is required to ride on public land.


The muffler on your Off-highway vehicle should have a stamp showing U.S. Forest Service approval such as the one seen HERE.


OHV Advisory Board Meetings





Aug 28, 2014

Open Meeting Resolution

Aug 28, 2014

Agenda Archive

Aug 28, 2014

Minutes Archive


OHV Guide and Map


Downloadable OHV requirements information and map of New Mexico recreational riding sites. Click here.


Respect the lands while riding OHVs


Much of New Mexico is designated as public land and administered for multiple uses. With hundreds of miles of backcountry trails, off-highway vehicle use is permitted when it is done in a responsible and safe manner. And thanks to the New Mexico’s new Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act, recreational pursuits have never been safer.


The Department encourages responsible use of our public lands, use that leaves the land healthy and unspoiled, that protects our traditional uses, custom and culture, wildlife and wildlife habitat, and allows for the continued enjoyment of these lands for our families and future generations. 


Click here for more information about treating public lands with respect, or visit Respected Access at


Please be considerate of the other users of our lands including ranchers and their livestock, wildlife, equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. Use the proper equipment that will keep you and your children as safe as possible while riding. 


Please respect and obey the laws and rules that are put in place to protect New Mexico's precious land and people, and that help preserve the customs and culture that are deeply woven into our state.


OHV Trail Ambassador Volunteers


The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish OHV Trail Ambassador Program was created to allow volunteers to work with federal, state, and local public lands agencies and public safety officials to promote responsible OHV recreation in the state.

To volunteer, please complete the OHV Trail Ambassador application and authorization for background check. The forms can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

Click here for Ambassador Training Application (PDF)
Click here for Background Check Authorization (PDF)

Forms can be completed and returned several ways:

  • Download, complete the forms electronically and return via email to Forms will require digital signatures.
  • Download, print out the forms, complete, and scan to return via email
  • Download, print out, complete, and return via US mail to:

NM Department of Game and Fish
OHV Program
3841 Midway Pl. NE
Albuquerque NM 87109

Once a completed form has been received and authorized background check has been conducted, volunteers will be contacted to schedule training.

For more information about the OHV Trail Ambassador program, please contact Chris Johnson, OHV Education Coordinator, at (505) 222-4712.


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New Mexico OHV Safety Training

New Mexico law requires anyone younger than 18 to obtain a safety permit prior to operating an OHV on public lands.

Student participating at Hands-On OHV Training
Student participating in Hands-On OHV Safety Training.
The Department offers free hands-on ATV or dirt bike training that provides the youth safety permit required for public land operation. All students must pre-register to reserve a spot in a scheduled safety class. Students must provide a properly registered OHV and all necessary safety equipment. Program ATVs are available for ATV class students lacking access to appropriately-sized machines. ATVs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis during the pre-registration process. Youth students completing the class may also receive a free helmet and goggles.


Click here for instructions to pre-register for a hands-on class.


Los Lunas River Park, Los Lunas, NM
ATV – December 13, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


The NM Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program also offers dirt bike training, but due to minimal demand we will only schedule classes when requested to do so. To schedule dirt bike training please contact the OHV Education Coordinator via phone at (505) 222-4712 or via email at


For more information about free, hands-on classes or assistance to pre-register, please call (505) 222-4727 or (505) 222-4712.


All students must pre-register prior to class.


Online training is also available that provides the required safety permit after completion. Click Here for Online Training Page.


OHV laws and Rules


Summary of OHV Laws & Rules Page

New Mexico's OHV Statutes (PDF)

New Mexico OHV Safety Rule (link)

Equipment Requirements (PDF)

Age Appropriate sizes - Juveniles (PDF)

Fines in New Mexico (PDF)

OHV Incident/Accident Report (PDF)


OHV Grant Information


The deadline to apply for the 2014/2015 OHV Grants Funding is April 15, 2014. Please see the 2014/2015 OHV Grant Applications below.


OHV Management Plan


Goals and strategies for the implementation of the New Mexico Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Program. Click Here to review the management plan. (PDF)


USDA Forest Service Travel Management Program


Over the past few decades, the availability and capability of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) has increased tremendously. More Americans are enjoying access and recreational opportunities on their national forests and grasslands, in keeping with the Forest Service's multiple use mandate. However, the increase in OHV use also affects soil, water, wildlife habitat, and other recreational visitors. To properly manage the effects of OHVs, the Forest Service announced a travel management program that will consider proposed regulations governing OHVs and other motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands.  Forests Across New Mexico are in the process of implementing the new Travel Management Rule. To find out more about the rule, contact a National Forest Ranger District near you or visit the National Forest Service website.


OHV Program Contact Information


Marc Hildesheim - OHV Staff Manager

Office: (505) 222-4728

Mobile: (505) 206-8189


Desi Ortiz - Law Enforcement Coordinator

Office: (505) 222-4718
Mobile: (505) 321-0858


Chris Johnson - OHV Education Coordinator

Office: (505) 222-4712

Mobile: (505) 239-1092


Kelly Adolph - OHV Administrative Assistant

Phone: (505) 222-4727


Important Links:


BLM OHV Established Recreation Areas

Bureau of Land Management (New Mexico)

US Forest Service Travel Management Plan

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