Off Highway Vehicles Not Allowed on Streets, Highways in Colorado

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COLORADO – On May 7, 2021, Governor Jared Polis signed into state law that off-highway vehicles (OHV), regardless of the state or other jurisdiction in which the off-highway vehicle is registered or titled, will not be allowed on public streets, roads, or highways of the State. Off-highway vehicles include ATVs, four-wheelers, and side-by-sides, and more.

 This bill aimed to clear up confusion about the nature of these vehicles and their on-road usage, regardless if the OHV is registered and allowed on roadways or highways in another state. Colorado now prohibits their use on streets, with few minor exceptions. 

“Ultimately this is about keeping everyone as safe as possible regardless of what they are driving,” said Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  “We want people to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer, and clearing this law up made that easier and safer to do.” 

While the law is statewide, there are some exceptions in certain areas.  For a list of these exemptions, please visit for more information. 



Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs. In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.