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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV): Off-highway Vehicle Information

Download Iowa's OHV rules and regulations for vehicle registration information or visit our NEW online system for OHV registration.


OHV Safety

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Iowa DNR, ATV Safety - Sizing for Operator
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Iowa DNR, ATV Safety - Never Ride Under the Influence
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Iowa DNR, ATV Safety - Proper Gear
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Iowa DNR, ATV Safety - Ride Within Your Skill Level
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OHV Parks Pages

The OHV parks pages provide riders with information about location, trails, and amenities for each park.  

Want to see yourself on the DNR web site?  Send your pictures, videos, and your favorite things about your favorite park to Rhonda.Fowler@dnr.iowa.gov.  Remember to showcase your personal protective equipment, registered vehicles, and good stewardship practices in addition to your riding skills.

OHV Park Closure Alert Page  

From time to time the OHV parks need to be closed due to wet weather, trail projects, or special events.  The OHV Park Closure Alert System Page was implemented to provide you with real-time closure information from the park manager should a closure occur. For park closures visit: www.iowadnr.gov/OHVclosures.  Each park manager can post real-time closure information about the park.  This is the best tool we have to let riders know about a park's status of closed. 

River Valley OHV Park (Council Bluffs) Remains Closed

While the timber reclamation at the OHV park continues, the focus of planning efforts are changing the to reforesting the area and designing a trail plan.

In the interest of rider safety and protecting the resources, the park will remain closed and access of any type is prohibited.

It is expected that the park will remain closed until fall. For real-time closure updates and status of riding at this park, visit the OHV Park Closure Page.


Iowa's ATV Rules and Regulations

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Off-Highway Vehicles Reference Guide


Special Events Calendar

When individuals and groups want to use public land and water for events, they must apply for use of that resource through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  These events are compiled by the Special Events System and are displayed on a calendar of events.  These events can be searched by type, location, and date. 

To find events which may be of interest to you, please go to https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/


Special Event Permits

The Iowa DNR is authorized to approve a club or individual to hold an organized special event (an organized race, exhibition, or demonstration of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule and in which general public interest is manifested) within the state if the event is scheduled to be held on public land or public ice. The DNR shall designate the equipment and facilities necessary for safe operation of ATVs, ORVs, and off-road motorcycles, and for the safety of operators, participants, and observers.

Residents participating in a special event must display a current registration on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle. Nonresidents must display a valid, Iowa nonresident user permit on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle.

At least 30 days before the scheduled date of a special event, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.

For more information, contact DNR Customer Service Phone: 515-725-8200 or Email: Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov.

Our Mission:
To provide sustainable, responsible recreation opportunities for owners of registered all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road utility vehicles.