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Old 04-16-2018, 04:19 PM
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I'm on vacation in Santa Fe, NM. On the way into town I noticed a side by side driving down a frontage road close to the highway. I was walking the beagle and noticed an ATV riding down the secondary road in front of our campground.

Hummmm.... So I googled it, and sure enough New Mexico passed and signed into law a street legal ATV / UTV law. I do not have all the regulations, but generally I read about mirrors, turn signals, license plates and the like.

This is great news to me. I now think all of the border states of my home state Colorado have street legal laws. Street legal would be huge in Colorado. There are so many "dirt roads" going into the mountains that are scenic and frankly a bit difficult for anything but a Jeep. Last year we had a resident stop by our unload parking area and say "you guys don't plan on riding those things up this gravel road?" Sure we said, have been doing it for years. There is no parking room at the trailhead and the road is very rough for our small trailers. The guy said "well, you're breaking the law". Not in New Mexico we aren't. Notice my license plate and registration.

Love it!


Governor signs law defining rules for OHV use on paved roads - New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:48 PM
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fantastic news
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Old 04-17-2018, 03:50 PM
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ATVer's are hated here in Massachusetts. That's why NH and ME get my registration dollars.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:38 PM
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Funny how various states have their "cultures". Colorado is a off highway friendly state for Jeeps, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and yes ATVs on selected trails. We're going to California which has a completely different "culture'.

In Colorado there is little interest in street legal laws for secondary roads in the state house. The trails are crowded and quite frankly "challenging" for this old guy. Them are big rocks I have to navigate around and over. The technical types would love it. My ambition in mountain trail rides is the sights and smells of the mountains. I don't feel inadequate if I take an old mining road instead of a ATV trail.

Come on, Colorado. Get with the program. Have visions of all those license and registrations dollars, as well as sugar plumbs, dancing in your heads.

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