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Off-road vehicles restricted in wilderness

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Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) and all off-road vehicles of any kind are prohibited within designated wilderness areas.
This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land.
Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads or permanent structures.  These restrictions also apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, the Dome Wilderness and the Pecos Wilderness on the SFNF, part of the more than 106 million acres of federal lands that have been set aside as wilderness.
Law enforcement officers will be patrolling over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the summer. Violators will be cited, and their off-road vehicles will be impounded.
Visitors should refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to determine which SFNF roads, trails and areas are open to motorized use. For more information, go to fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb5411664.