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Old 04-28-2018, 07:52 PM
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We are on vacation traveling across Utah. Very nice state with some good looking towns; St George, Hurricane, Richland, etc. Salt Lake City is very good too.

So I'm traveling I70 and I spot three side by sides on a gravel road running parallel to the interstate. I was 65 and they were faster than me. I see them pull up into a park area where their trucks and trailers were. I didn't see, but I bet they had street legal license plates.

Then I stop for fuel. This UTV turns left and drives up to the convenience store. I bet they were out for a nice drive on back mountain roads. See photo. I bet this scene is ubiquitous to folks living in Utah. We all have to get used to these goofy looking vehicles licensed for street use.

I have not seen any street legal ATVs on this trip yet. I'll soon be in my home state of Colorado where there are no street legal laws, just local jurisdictions that establish ATV routes or zones. All the states around Colorado are street legal ATV states. I guess I moved to the wrong state.

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Old 04-29-2018, 02:44 PM
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Very common where I've ridden in the towns around the Paiute Trail. A lot of the towns don't require anything more than regular ATV lighting to use their roads to get gas, food, and lodging. Very friendly. We left on a Friday the last time we were out there and there were literally hundreds of motor homes and campers with ATV's and UTV's loaded and ready to ride.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:35 PM
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Here is a quick link to the Paiute Trail system in Utah. If you want to take a shortcut back to camp, you can legally ride on the roads.

Colorado could be as good with a street legal law.

We (ATV buddies) were talking just today over coffee how some Colorado trail heads have very limited vehicle and trailer parking. So you drive for 90 minutes only to find out your chosen trail is busy. But next to the trail are plenty of dirt roads with similar scenic views. Maybe less wash outs, boulders, creek crossings, and steep uphills; but scenic none the less and the day is not spoiled.

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Back East, I think most of the towns on the Hatfield-McCoy trail system offer many of the same freedoms as well. I still think Utah has better scenery though.
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:57 PM
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Here is a quad I spotted in Green River, Utah. It is so fun for me to see quads and UTVs driven on public roads in Utah.

I know full well that there are fellow ATV hobbyists who wouldn't consider riding their ATV on a public street. The machines are not designed for street use with their low pressure tires, unstable stance, lack of a rear differential, rather noisy muffler, etc. And I know full well that there are fellow hobbyists who much prefer a back country trail to a ride on public roads to the gas station.

I appreciate all that. I'm lucky to have a nice ATV in the garage. I'm lucky to have many mountain dirt roads in my area. I like to ride my machine. My trail ridding opportunities are limited and the trails are busy here. I will only do a trail ride with a buddy, never alone. My machine sits in the garage way too much.

I just hope someday Colorado will follow suit of the surrounding western states and make ATVs and UTVs legal on secondary roads 45 mph or less. What a boon it would be to our hobby here in Colorado. And I bet some of you would visit here to spend a week riding trails and roads.

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