How would you like Pitkin County to manage Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on county roads?
The use of unlicensed Off Highway and All Terrain Vehicles (OHVs and ATVs) in Pitkin County is increasing. Currently state law prohibits OHVs from operating on county roads but it is up to the counties themselves to enforce the law. Until recently OHV and ATV use on the county's 254 miles of roadway did not present an issue and the state law has not historically been enforced.
Because OHVs are increasingly being used to access the backcountry via County roads Pitkin County is seeking public input to help formulate an OHV Management Plan. This plan would designate which roads in Pitkin County (if any) would be open to OHV use and create a strategy for management and enforcement.
Pitkin County Public Works Director Brian Pettet and representatives from the Forest Service met with County Commissioners on February 28th to review the issue. You can watch that meeting by CLICKING HERE.
We are presenting four possible OHV management scenarios for your consideration:
Scenario #1 is a 'status quo' approach where all county roads would remain off limits to OHVs and ATVs according to state law.
Scenario #2 would open four roads co-claimed by Pitkin County and the U.S. Forest Service to OHVs and ATVs. These roads include Bear Creek Road in the Woody Creek area, Seller Lake Road, Deimer Lake Road and Powerline Road in the Fryingpan River drainage. This scenario complies with the current USFS Travel Management Plan.
Scenario #3 would open 86 miles of county roads to OHVs and ATVs, including the Pitkin County Portion of Pearl Pass Road, more roads in the Fryingpan drainage and some roads in the Prince Creek/Dinkle Lake area above Carbondale.
Scenario #4 would open all county roads with less than 100 vehicle trips per day to OHVs and ATVs. This option includes opening the backside of Aspen Mountain to the vehicles.
An Open house to gather your input in person will be held Wednesday, March 29th from 4-6pm at the Pitkin County Library Dunaway Community room. For those who cannot attend the open house we are providing the opportunity here for you to share your feedback and opinions.