Over the past several years, the public has expressed a desire for sanctioned Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreational opportunities in Yolo County. The need for an OHV recreational area has become more evident as the County, property owners, business owners and non-profit organizations are all currently impacted by the unsanctioned use of OHVs on their respective properties. Yolo County is exploring the possibility of creating an OHV Park within the unincorporated county.
In 2018, the County held two public meetings to solicit input and gain insight into the preferred types of OHV facilities and services desired in Yolo County. Additionally, the County held a public meeting on February 21, 2019 in Woodland to provide an overview of our 2019 grant proposal and let the public know how they can stay involved in the process moving forward. Additionally, the County released a survey to help guide discussion on future steps in the OHV planning process. We encourage you to take the survey if you have not already done so. Links to the survey and survey results can be found below.
The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ohvyolo
Survey results can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-C2FRSL5G8/
Update on 2019 OHV Planning Grant Application Process
On March 4, 2019, the County submitted its preliminary planning grant to the California State Parks OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program. Based on the feedback received at multiple public meetings and from online survey results, the County focused its application on two objectives. First, the County is seeking grant funding to prepare a market analysis to ascertain if there is enough community and stakeholder support for OHV opportunities in Yolo County. Second, assuming there is demand and support for OHV opportunities, the County will prepare a feasibility study to examine two different scenarios: (1) improving access to existing OHV trail riding opportunities within the unincorporated County; and (2) creating a small-medium sized OHV park in the unincorporated County. No potential site(s) have been identified at this point.
The County’s preliminary application is available on the State’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division website for public review and comments. Comments must be received no later than 5:00pm (PST) on Monday, May 6, 2019. The County encourages public comments and feedback on our grant application. Comments received during the public review period will be addressed in the final application submission. CLICK HERE to be directed to the State Parks OHMVR Division for instructions on how to view and comment on the preliminary application.
If you have questions about this effort or would like more information, please contact the Yolo County Parks Division at (530) 406-5038 or email yoloOHV@yolocounty.org.
General OHV Information
For general safety information, or to report illegal OHV activity on private property, please contact the Yolo County Sheriff's Office at (530) 666-8282.
To learn more about State of California OHV regulations and safety information, and to find State Vehicular Recreation Areas, please visit the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division website. Information on responsible riding and safety training can be found here.