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What are the rules in colarodo on 4 wheelers ? Would only use it to pack game out. I know in wyoming they allow 4 wheelers in some areas with a permit.

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They must be registered with the state, even if coming from out of state, there are virtually 0 places where they are allowed off the road. But you need to check to see if there are certain areas where they are allowed within each National Forest. BLM is more lenient about OHV use.

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Pretty much all National Forest you can only ride on marked trails and roads, and I have heard that in some areas there are time constraints in place. As far as BLM land it you need to check it since some of it is open to over land and other is only open to marked trails.

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I thank you for the quick response. I will probably drive the guys on this forum nuts with questions but the more I know the better prepared I will be for this 2010 archery hunt. It is tough being 1700 miles away .

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They used to allow you off the trail to retrieve game but they've done away with that. Gotta stay on trails only. I still think they are a great tool to go from one area to another without beating the tar out of your truck though.

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Three more things about non-resident ATVs in Colorado…………….

On the National Forest lands, ATVs are restricted to official trails that are made for ATVs. Over the years I have run into lots of hunters driving their ATVs on all sorts of “trails” and they all said that they thought that they could ride on any trail. Cow trail, game trail, hiking trail – it just did not matter. Not to mention the guys driving around all night retrieving game in the middle of where we all hunt. (I own and use an ATV so I am not anti-ATV ….. just anti-stupid).

And there is a relatively new fee that Colorado charges non-residents. In addition to your home state ATV registration, you must now have a Colorado non-resident OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) “permit”. This started in 2007 I think, and they are enforcing it. The fee is $25.25 each year and the permit is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in Colorado, via mail-in request, or you can order one online. More information is on the Colorado Natural Resources PARKS website.

Be sure to read up on the rules about carrying bows on ATVs. These types of rules change at times, but I know that right now they must be in a case if on an ATV.

Good luck with your hunt.

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We yeah of course that's true and to take that a step further they are not allowed on all roads and established trails either. The trail or road has to designated or "open" to ATV use. Best thing to do is get a map from the Forest Service that shows all roads and trails that are designated for ATV use.

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Generally I thought if an OHV was registered and current out-of-state it did not need to be registered in CO (purchase a CO OHV tag).

The regs are not clear on this issue. You might want to call the CDOW to get a definite answer. They did raise the fee last year to $25.25, it used to be $10-$15 per OHV.

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In years prior to 2007 or 2008 an ATV was ok to use in Colorado provided that it was registered in either Colorado or the State that the non-resident owner came from. Then Colorado changed the rule to charge a fee for all non-resident ATVs, by requiring a "permit" in addition to their home state registration.

I called the Colorado DOW last year to clarify the rule, and then asked them to make it a bit more clear in their hunting regulations since so many people use ATVs while hunting. They clarified it this year on page 11 of the big game regulations.

Here is the quote from the Colorado DNR Parks online page.

"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. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in Colorado, via mail-in request, or you can order one online at the Colorado State Parks E-Store.

Once purchased, this sticker should be placed on the vehicle’s outside face of the right front fender or fork. Since this is only a use permit, no renewal notice will be sent to non-resident permit holders; you must purchase a new permit each year you come to Colorado with your OHV".

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I am not sure of the politics of the ATV registrations in Colorado but I found out that there are no other state that will any longer accept a Colorado registration and that you have to go by their rules. It is interesting that Utah has an agreement with about 20 other states and accept the other state registration instead of requiring you to register your ATV there unless your state is not on the list like Colorado then you have to buy a out of state registration. I just got done jumping through their hoops to make my ATV legal there for this falls hunting seasons.

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