State of Colorado
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This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble
ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Colorado under Chapter 25, 33 of Colorado statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

For more information on Colorado ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Colorado OHV Act.




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Registration required
All residents of Colorado are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display a valid registration decal on the vehicle while riding on public or private lands.

Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31.

Minimum age
On roads designated as off-highway vehicle routes, no operators under the age of 10 are permitted unless they are under the supervision of a person over the age of 18 and who possesses a valid drivers license.



License required
All operators of off-highway vehicles operated on roads or routes designated as off-highway vehicle routes are required to possess a valid drivers license.



Operation on public roadways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited, except to cross said roadway.



Operation on private property without permission prohibited
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle on private property without prior permission of the landowner.



Lighting required
No off-highway vehicle shall be operated on public lands without a lighted headlight and taillight between sunset and sunrise.



Muffler required
No off-highway vehicle may be operated on public lands without an adequate muffler system.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of Colorado are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display a valid registration decal on the vehicle while riding on public or private lands. Registration is available at most Colorado OHV dealers, or State Parks offices.

Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. Permits can be purchased online, at a participating vendor or via mail in request.

For More Information
This page represents a general summary of applicable state laws which apply to the operation of an off-highway vehicle. Laws are subject to change and laws other than specific off-highway vehicle related laws may be in place which may directly or indirectly apply to the operation of a off-highway vehicle in certain circumstances. Please consult with your state statutes if you have any questions.

For more information on Colorado ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Colorado OHV Act.