Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) users will
find many opportunities for off-highway
enjoyment in the Sierra National Forest.
Become familiar with OHV laws, restrictions,
and closures. Respect private property,
wildlife and other forest visitors. Always
operate your vehicle in a safe, responsible
For information regarding
on how you can Tread
using your OHV follow this
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
vehicles which are operated on public lands must be registered with the
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The registration fee is $50 per
vehicle, and is valid for a two-year period. The OHV fees are used for
acquisition of new OHV areas, development and operation of existing OHV
areas, enforcement of the rules and regulations, and protection of the
natural resources. DMV will issue a Green or Red Sticker for off-road
vehicles. Vehicles which can be operated both on- and off-highway will
be given a street-legal license.
OHV Registration Requirements
In order to operate any type of motorized vehicle off-road on public land, you must have one of the following:
Street-Legal License Plate: If you
want to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle or dual-purpose motorcycle
on-road and off-road, you must have a street-legal license plate.
The Green Sticker Or Red Sticker:
If you are going to operate a motorized vehicle off-road only, you must
have either a Green Sticker or a Red Sticker that has been issued by
the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Green Sticker allows vehicles to
operate on public land all year. The Red Sticker is for motorcycles and
ATVs model year 2003 and newer that do not meet the emission standards
established by the California Air Resources Board. If the vehicle has a
3 or a C in the eighth position of the Vehicle Identification Number,
then it does not meet the emission standards and should be issued a Red
Sticker. The Red Sticker is exactly the same as the Green Sticker
except that these vehicles can only be operated during certain times of
the year. To find out when you can operate your vehicle, call the
specific riding area that you want to visit or you can follow the link
to the Red Sticker Open Riding Schedule.
Vehicles Without VIN Numbers
A Green Sticker or street legal license is required to drive in the
Sierra National Forest. In order to get a permit your vehicle must have
a VIN (vehicle identification number). If your vehicle does not have a
VIN you can contact the California Highway Patrol Office for an
evaluation. Call 559-441-5467 for an appointment with Officer Clay who
handles VIN for CHP. The CHP office is located at 1382 W. Olive Ave,
Fresno, CA. Officer Clay will look over the vehicle and see if it meets
State requirements for issuance of a VIN, which will then allow you to
obtain a "green sticker" registration for use on public lands. Not
every vehicle will meet the requirements, but not every vehicle is made
for use on public lands such as national forests, state beaches,
Many people with different interests
may be enjoying an area at the same time.
Trail and camping courtesy are essential
to have an enjoyable experience. Be a
good neighbor and extend the same courtesy
and consideration to those around you
as you expect
from them. If you are using a Off-Highway
Vehicle please follow the rules below
when using trails:
- Motorcycles Yield to All
- Bicycles Yield to Equestrians and
- Hikers Yield to Equestrians
The use of National Forest Lands for
organized recreation events, such as
enduros, poker runs, and rallies, requires
a Special Use
Permit. Contact the District
Office responsible for the administration
of the area for details and requirements.
The Sierra National Forest offers a
variety of trail riding experiences.
In general, off-highway vehicles can
operate on any road
or trail that is designated with a OHV
marker ( a jeep symbol). California
Vehicle Code and Green Sticker laws apply
on all National
Below you will find various
recommended OHV opportunities on the
Sierra National Forest.
Shuteye Peak Route: From
Beasore Road you can access the Shuteye
Peak Route, which provides a spectacular
view of the Sierra Nevada.
To get there take Hwy 41 north from
Fresno to Road 222. Follow Road 222 around
the north side of Bass Lake to Beasore
Road. Follow the Beasore Road to the
Central Camp road (6S42) to Gaggs Campground.
North of the campground turn on road
6S59, follow it 2 miles to the 4-wheel
drive section which begins at Little
Shuteye Pass. Shuteye Fire Lookout is
two miles at the end of the road.
Red Top Route: You
can also access Red Top Route from
toward Globe Rock.
At Globe Rock turn north on Road 5S04
follow it to 5S70 and then to 5S70A which
begins the OHV route. The trail is approximately
1 1/2 miles and ends near the Ansel
Adams Wilderness boundary.