STATE OF NEW MEXICO
DEPARTMENT OF GAME & FISH
One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Post Office Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504
Tel: (505) 476-800 | Fax: (505) 476-8123
For Information call: (888) 248-6866
Race Promoters and Participants:
It seems there has been some confusion lately of what is, and what is not required for race participants to be compliant with New Mexico State Law while competing in a race that takes place on public land. In order to clear up the confusion, representatives from Game and Fish, BLM, and the USFS got together to ensure that all agencies were enforcing the Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Act, 66-3-1001 NMSA 1978 consistently.
I want to share some information from that meeting with you to help ensure racers show up ready to ride, and your races continue to be successful events. For many years it was believed that all competitive events were exempt from provisions in the OHV Act, including registration and safety training requirements for youth operators. Upon closer examination of the law it appears that this was a misconception shared among the enforcement and racing community. Below are some facts about the legal requirements to participate in races on public lands in New Mexico.
Please make sure and share this information with your race participants prior to your next event. I understand that clarifying the laws and rules associated with participating in your long standing events will take some time and effort, and i do not intend to place the entire burden on racers and event organizers. If there is something the New Mexico OHV Program can do to help disseminate this information please do not hesitate to ask.
I know that your events are important to the families that participate in them and the local communities that support them, so please ensure that your racers are compliant with all state and local laws when they show up on race day so that your events can continue to be a success. If you have any questions about the information in this letter please contact Marc Hildesheim, New Mexico Game and Fish OHV Program Manager, 505-222-4728, or click here for email.
To find out more information and to take an online OHV safety training course, click on the following link: