Del Norte County Code
10 - Vehicles and Traffic
25 - Off-Highway Vehicles
10 - Definitions
(a) For the purpose of this section "Off-Highway Vehicles" (OHV) shall be defined as off-highway motorized wheeled vehicles including but not limited to "All-Terrain Vehicle" (ATV), "Utility Vehicle" (UTV), "Trail Bike", "Dune Buggy", "Off-Road Motorcycle", and Jeep-type vehicles, - pursuant to Sections 38006, 38010, and 38012 of Division 16.5, "Off-Highway Vehicles" of the California Vehicle Code. This definition applies to off-highway motorized wheeled vehicles that are not licensed for on-highway use as well as highway licensed vehicles while operated off-highway.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "rural recreation areas" shall be defined as those portions of Del Norte County that lie outside of residential areas, and that are, and have been commonly utilized for motorized outdoor recreation purposes, including, but not limited to, the operation of motorized vehicles such as Jeep-type vehicles, dune buggies, ATVs, UTVs, trail bikes, off-road motorcycles, or similar on- and off-highway vehicles.
(c) For the purposes of this section, "roughly graded roads within the Del Norte County Maintained Mileage System which are within or connecting to rural recreation areas", shall be designated pursuant to Section 38001 of Division 16.5, "Off-Highway Vehicles" of the California Vehicle Code (CVC). Pursuant to the CVC roughly graded surfaces, upon which vehicular travel by the public is permitted, is excluded from the classification as a highway. Furthermore, the design of these specified unpaved roads allows for the safe operation of regular vehicular traffic and off-highway vehicle use (i.e., are low volume, low speed roadways which are minimally maintained and which provide access to rural recreation areas and public lands).