There have been UTV changes in the law that go into effect July 1, 2012. The new law requires all UTV’s operating in Wisconsin to be registered or display a trail pass whether on public or private land. UTV’s and ATV’s must display a license plate as of July 1, 2012. With the new law changes, UTV’s are generally allowed to operate on ATV routes and trails.

A call came in today asking about specifications¬† for UTV’s on trails. They are “a motor driven device that does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards; is NOT a golf cart, low-speed vehicle, dune buggy, mini-truck, or tracked vehicle. It is designed to be used primarily off of a highway, and is originally manufactured with the following:

  • net weight less than 2,000 #’s
  • four or more low pressure tires
  • cargo box
  • steering wheel
  • tail light
  • brake light
  • two headlights
  • max width of 65 inches
  • non-straddled seats for at least 2 people
  • seat belts
  • roll bar or similar device

For more information about regulations and licensing; contact: Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707 or visit their website at

Look forward to having our UTV friends visiting Spur of the Moment Ranch for their UTV adventure.