Use of off-road vehicles (ATVs, dirt bikes, pickups, and SUVs) is widespread on the public and private lands surrounding Ogden. Much of this activity is perfectly legal and no more harmful to the environment than driving a car along a highway. Unfortunately, illegal use of ORVs is also widespread, and tends to be extremely damaging to vegetation, watersheds, wildlife habitat, and opportunities for quiet and solitude in our public lands. Illegal ORV use also violates private property rights and is frequently unsafe for both riders and others whom they encounter. To compound the problem, signing and law enforcement tend to be minimal, so the boundary between legal and illegal ORV use is often unclear.
The Ogden Sierra Club has played a lead role in documenting ORV-related problems in our area, lobbying land managers to take action, and educating the public about this issue.
Our extensive online materials on ORV issues have not yet been formatted for the new Utah Chapter web site and are partly out of date, but can still be found on our old web site.