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MNawman

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Posted: 05/06/21 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Polaris RZR. We mostly ride in Moab and Silverton. I heard there are good trails in the Black Hills.

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I have a Polaris RZR. We mostly ride in Moab and Silverton. I heard there are good trails in the Black Hills. I’m not crazy about driving thru Denver. I’m planning on going around and hopefully on a Sunday.

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MNawman wrote:

Thanks for the info Kavoom! This is a scouting trip for future trips. We want to gather information on utv trails as well as good campgrounds. We are looking forward to exploring the Black Hills. This may be our last trip to Estes if it’s that bad.

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Just curious. What do you ride?


We aren't into the UTV's...yet...I do ogle them I must admit and I actually have considered the Mahindra Roxor even if it sort of crosses over. But, if you want that kind of experience then consider Montana. They are everywhere. I have a great set of trails within a couple of miles of my house and you can drive them on the roads up here. And IF I am not mistaken, if your UTV is considered street legal in one state and licensed, then other states through reciprocity have to allow you to use them on their roads... I've seen a few in National Parks must have been toweds on trailers or something. Not off road though.

I've done the snowmobile trails in the Black Hills out of Spearfish a few times and am wondering if that trail system is used for UTV's. Oh and if you have time, drive the Spearfish Canyon road. It is beautiful and stop at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. You can sit out back by the creek with an adult beverage there also and enjoy... AND, as you go through the Wildlife loop in Custer State Park, you can drive on all the dirt roads that traverse the loop and they end up in all kinds of different places. The back roads in the Black Hills are fun. I am not sure if you can take a UTV on that. Might check. One nice one that either ends up at the Bluebell or starts down by the horse campground. Another is a shortcut to the main road into Rapid City from the South or as you head toward the Badlands.

My TV is a 2015 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 5.7 Hemi pulling a 27.4 Aspen Trail 2340 bunkhouse. The Ram is set up for some medium duty off roading we do up here in MT. It's been a great truck. We just moved up from a 23 foot bunkhouse that had a turned axle for six inches and have gone many places with that. I am sacrificing a bit of boondocking for the bigger TT but that's OK. Getting older.

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Posted: 05/07/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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We aren't into the UTV's...yet...I do ogle them I must admit and I actually have considered the Mahindra Roxor even if it sort of crosses over. But, if you want that kind of experience then consider Montana. They are everywhere. I have a great set of trails within a couple of miles of my house and you can drive them on the roads up here. And IF I am not mistaken, if your UTV is considered street legal in one state and licensed, then other states through reciprocity have to allow you to use them on their roads... I've seen a few in National Parks must have been toweds on trailers or something. Not off road though.



Use of an ATV/UTV on public roads is governed state by state. For instance in Colorado the use of ATVs on public roads (regardless of whether it is 'street legal' in your home state) is by default not allowed and there are no 'street legal' ATVs. There are a few limited exceptions in some towns.

As for National Parks, they generally follow the same rules as interstate high ways - if your vehicle is not legal for an interstate (ie all ATVs/UTVs etc) then it cannot be driven on any road in a National Park regardless of state laws. If you saw ATVs in a National Park, they were most likely breaking the law.

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Kavoom, thanks for the info! I ll definitely check out those areas. I have been to Montana and love the area. Glacier NP is high on my bucket list. Unfortunately we don’t have the time this year. FWC I’m not taking a UTV on this trip. I will be stopping at the Forest service to get maps and find out where it is legal to ride utv s. I don’t ride mine on the streets because it wears my tires. I have soft rubber tires for rock climbing. Thanks for the info.

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