Origins of OHV Recreation


The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Program was created in 1971 by two state legislators, "off-roader" Gene Chappie and "environmentalist" Ed Z'berg. The Chappie-Z'berg Law aimed to balance the demand for off-highway recreational opportunities with natural and cultural resource management. The intent was also to foster respect for private property rights and protect California's natural and cultural resources through sustainable management of OHV areas.

In 1982, the California Legislature created the OHMVR Division. California State Parks administers the Division, which manages eight State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs). The SVRAs represent the biological diversity of our state from desert to coast to Central Valley.

Today, a wide variety of recreational opportunities exists, including challenging hill climbs, hiking, beach camping, bird watching, and trail riding with off-highway recreational vehicles from motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) and four wheel drives to RV camping in the vast desert.

Sign up for a training class, take a wildflower tour or explore a visitor center. Attend a night sky program or hike into an ancient oak woodland.

Enjoy the outdoors as you explore endless horizons!

Check out the OHMVR Division website at