ATV usage policy on the "White Mountains".
OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE POLICY
The policy for driving motorized vehicles on this National Forest is tied to the State of Arizona's motor vehicle policy. On all state, county, and those forest roads marked by a horizontally-numbered route marker (ie 249), the motorized vehicle and its driver must be "street legal." On unmarked forest roads or forest roads that are marked by a vertical route number, then the driver and the vehicle do not need to be licensed. Driving off of forest roads is not encouraged but may be legal if no damage is done to plants or soils or if wildlife is not harassed and if a muffler/spark arrestor is in place.
What does "street legal" mean?
To be considered "street legal," motor vehicles must be registered with the State and must properly display a registration plate. Title and registration are two different things. The title is proof of ownership while the registration is necessary to actually operate the vehicle. The State also requires proof of insurance and that a driver be licensed. Three-wheel All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) require a Class M license whereas a four-wheel ATV requires a Class D license. Registration and proof of insurance must be carried with the vehicle. When operating an ATV, persons under 18 years of age must wear a helmet and all persons must wear eye protection. You may not carry a passenger unless the ATV is designed to carry more than 1 person.
To be "street legal" vehicles must have the following:
At least one brake that may be operated by hand or foot
At least one but not more than two headlights that shine at least 500 feet
At least one taillight that is visible at least 500 feet to the rear
At least one red reflector, if not part of the taillight
License plate securely fastened to the rear of the vehicle
License plate light
Horn, audible from a distance of at least 200 feet
Muffler in good working order and in constant operation
Seat and footrests for the operator
Fuel tank cap
Handlebars that allow the hands of the operator to be at or below the height of the shoulders while sitting
New law that will be enforced this fiscal year.
Some new laws will be put in place and will involved heftier fines (ie., $900.00 fines rather than a measely $25.00 one). Laws involving piGGing back riding and underage usage and so forth. more to come later.
OTHER THAN THAT COME HUNT THE WHITE MOUNTAINS. THIS FOREST HAS MORE ELK THAN UTAH AND WYOMING COMBINED. IT IS UNCOMMON TO SEE HERDS OF 200 TO 300 HEAD OF ELK. EVEN THE LOCAL RANCHERS WILL HELP YOU FIND ELK BECAUSE THEY THINK ELK COMPETE WITH CATTLE FOR GRASS. IF YOU THINK ARIZONA IS ALL DESERT FIND OUT WHY PEOPLE FROM THE MIDWEST AND SOUTH COME HERE IN THE MID SUMMER AND ENJOY CAMPING HERE FOR TWO WEEKS. HERE IS A WEBSITE, YOU CAN EVEN APPLY ONLINE FOR A TAG. http://www.gf.state.az.us/
IF YOU HAVE PROBLEM DON'T HARANG ON ME, I AM JUST PROVIDING YOU INFORMATION THAT WILL HOPEFULLY PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME OTHER USEFUL AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE.