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Amendment


36 CFR--PART 7

View Printed Federal Register page 86 FR 3813 in PDF format.

Amendment(s) published January 15, 2021, in 86 FR 3813

Effective Dates: Feb. 16, 2021 except for the provisions in §7.70(f)(2) and the permit requirements in Table 1 to §7.70(f)(3)(ii) which are effective Apr. 15, 2021

2. In §7.70, add paragraph (f) to read as follows:

§7.70   Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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(f) Motor vehicle use. Operating a motor vehicle is allowed within the boundaries of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area under the conditions in this paragraph (f).

(1) What terms do I need to know? In addition to the definitions found in §1.4 of this chapter, the following definitions apply to this paragraph (f) only:

Conventional motor vehicle means any motor vehicle that is designed primarily for operation on streets and highways, and that is licensed and registered for interstate travel. Automobiles, vans, highway motorcycles (including dual-sports motorcycles licensed for use on a highway), sport utility vehicles (SUVs), recreational vehicles (RVs), pickup trucks, and buses are examples of conventional motor vehicles.

GMP road means a paved or unpaved park road that is identified in the Glen Canyon 1979 General Management Plan as open to motor vehicle travel. There are no park roads within the recreation area other than GMP roads.

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) means any motor vehicle designed primarily for off-road travel that is not licensed and registered for interstate travel. ATVs (excluding street legal ATVs, as defined below), dirt bikes, sand rails, side-by-sides, and dune buggies are examples of OHVs.

Orange Cliffs Special Management Unit means the area identified as the Orange Cliffs Special Management Unit in the Canyonlands National Park and Orange Cliffs Unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Backcountry Management Plan (NPS 1995).

Street-legal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) means an ATV that qualifies under Arizona or Utah motor vehicle and traffic code to be operated on state roads and highways.

(2) Off-road motor vehicle permit requirement. (i) The provisions in this paragraph (f)(2) are effective beginning on April 15, 2021.

(ii) A special use permit issued and administered by the superintendent is required to operate a motor vehicle off GMP roads at designated locations in the recreation area. Operating a motor vehicle off GMP roads in the recreation area without a permit is prohibited except for designated ORV routes that do not require a permit as indicated in Table 1 to paragraph (f)(3)(ii).

(iii) Annual permits are valid for one calendar year from the day they are issued. Shorter-term permits are valid from the day issued for the stated duration of the permit.

(iv) A permit applicant must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to abide by the rules governing off-road vehicle use in the recreation area.

(v) Each motor vehicle permitted to operate off GMP roads must display an NPS decal issued by the superintendent and affixed to the vehicle in a manner and location specified by the superintendent.

(vi) Permits may be requested at recreation area headquarters, recreation area visitor centers, on the recreation area's website, or at other locations designated by the superintendent.

(vii) Violating any term, condition, or requirement of an off-road vehicle permit is prohibited and may result in the suspension or revocation of the permit and the denial of future permits, in addition to the penalties provided by §1.3 of this chapter.

(3) Designated off-road motor vehicle locations. (i) The operation of a motor vehicle off GMP roads within the recreation area is prohibited except at the locations designated by this paragraph (f). Designated locations and vehicle-free zones are identified on maps available at the recreation area headquarters, visitor contact stations, and on the recreation area's website.

(ii) Motor vehicles may be used off GMP roads at the locations and subject to the management prescriptions in Table 1 to paragraph (f)(3)(ii), except for vehicle-free zones where off-road vehicle use is prohibited. Permit requirements in Table 1 to paragraph (f)(3)(ii) are effective beginning on April 15, 2021.

Table 1 to Paragraph (f)(3)(ii)

Designated area or route for off-road motor vehicle useApproximate sizeManagement prescriptions
Lone Rock Beach250 acres  15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Vehicle-free zone as posted.
     Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs, and OHVs allowed with ORV permit.
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Lone Rock Beach Play Area180 acres  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs, and OHVs allowed with ORV permit.
     OHVs required to display a red or orange safety flag at least six by 12 inches in size that is located at least eight feet off the ground, or at least 18 inches above the top of the protective headgear of a motorcycle or dirt bike operator.
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Blue Notch325 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Bullfrog North and South2,250 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
     Vehicle-free zone as posted.
Copper Canyon30 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Crosby Canyon450 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Dirty Devil75 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Farley Canyon275 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Hite Boat Ramp50 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Neskahi15 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Nokai Canyon275 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Paiute Canyon100 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Paiute Farms1,000 acres  Conventional motor vehicles and street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Red Canyon50 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Stanton Creek675 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
     Vehicle-free zone as posted.
White Canyon325 acres  Street-legal ATVs allowed with ORV permit from March 2-October 31.
     Conventional motor vehicles allowed with ORV permit year round.
     15 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
     Quiet hours between 10 pm and 6 am or as designated by superintendent.
Ferry Swale16 miles  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs and OHVs allowed with ORV permit year-round.
     25 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
Middle Moody Canyon Trailhead2 miles  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs and OHVs allowed year-round.
     ORV permit not required.
     25 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
East Gypsum Canyon Overlook1.2 miles  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs and OHVs allowed year-round.
     ORV permit not required.
     25 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
Imperial Valley0.75 miles  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs and OHVs allowed year-round.
     ORV permit not required.
     25 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).
Gunsight Springs Trailhead1 mile  Conventional motor vehicles, street-legal ATVs and OHVs allowed year-round.
     ORV permit not required.
     25 mph speed limit (unless otherwise posted).

(4) On-road motor vehicle use. (i) The operation of a motor vehicle on GMP roads is prohibited except as set forth in Table 2 to paragraph (f)(4)(i):

Table 2 to Paragraph (f)(4)(i)

Type of motor vehicleAllowed on paved GMP roadsAllowed on unpaved GMP roads outside the Orange Cliffs Special Management UnitAllowed on unpaved GMP roads within the Orange Cliffs Special Management Unit
Conventional motor vehicleYesYesYes.
Street-legal ATVYes (except for the Lees Ferry Developed Area)YesYes, on Route 633 proceeding north to Route 730, an 8-mile portion of the Poison Spring Loop and on the upper portion of the Flint Trail if designated by the Superintendent under paragraph (4)(ii) below.
OHVNoYesYes, on Route 633 proceeding north to Route 730, an 8-mile portion of the Poison Spring Loop and on the upper portion of the Flint Trail if designated by the Superintendent under paragraph (4)(ii) below.

(ii) The Superintendent may determine whether street-legal ATVs or OHVs are allowed on a 15-20 mile section of an unpaved GMP road known as the upper portion of the Flint Trail within the Orange Cliffs Special Management Unit pursuant to paragraph (f)(6) of this section. Except on the portion of the Poison Spring Loop identified in Table 2 to paragraph (f)(4)(i) and as may be allowed by the Superintendent on the upper portion of the Flint Trail, street-legal ATVs and OHVs are prohibited on unpaved GMP roads in the Orange Cliffs Special Management Unit.

(5) Motor vehicle and operator requirements. (i) Motor vehicles must be equipped at all times with noise-suppression devices, including an exhaust muffler in good working order and in constant operation. Operating a motor vehicle that emits more than 96 decibels of sound (using the SAE J1287 test standard) is prohibited. Creating or sustaining unreasonable noise considering the nature and purpose of the actor's conduct, impact on park users, location, and other factors that would govern the conduct of a reasonably prudent person is prohibited.

(ii) All motor vehicles operating in Lone Rock Beach Play Area must be equipped with a solid red or orange safety flag that is a minimum of six by 12 inches in size and that is attached to the vehicle so that the safety flag is at least eight feet above the surface of the level ground, or attached to the protective headgear of a person operating a motorcycle or dirt bike so that the safety flag is at least 18 inches above the top of the person's headgear. Operating a motor vehicle without a safety flag at Lone Rock Beach Play Area is prohibited.

(iii) Operating a motor vehicle in excess of 15 mph (unless otherwise posted) at the following off-road motor vehicle locations—Lone Rock Beach, Blue Notch, Bullfrog North and South, Copper Canyon, Crosby Canyon, Dirty Devil, Farley Canyon, Hite Boat Ramp, Neskahi, Nokai Canyon, Paiute Canyon, Paiute Farms, Red Canyon, Stanton Creek, and White Canyon—is prohibited.

(iv) Operating a motor vehicle in excess of 25 mph (unless otherwise posted) on unpaved GMP roads and on off-road motor vehicle routes in Ferry Swale, Middle Moody Canyon Trailhead, East Gypsum Canyon Overlook, Imperial Valley, and Gunsight Springs Trailhead is prohibited.

(v) Operating a motor vehicle within a designated off-road motor vehicle area during quiet hours with the exception of entering and exiting a campsite is prohibited.

(vi) Operating a generator or audio device, such as a radio, deck or compact disc player, within a designated off-road motor vehicle area during quiet hours is prohibited. During the hours of permitted operation, generators must be adequately muffled and not create excessive noise as defined in 36 CFR 2.12(a)(1).

(vii) Operating a motor vehicle within a posted “vehicle-free” zone is prohibited.

(viii) Operating an OHV under the age of 18 without a helmet is prohibited.

(6) Superintendent's authority. (i) The superintendent may close or reopen designated areas or routes to motor vehicle use, or impose conditions or restrictions on the use of off-road motor vehicles after taking into consideration public health and safety, natural and cultural resource protection, lake levels, and other management activities and objectives.

(ii) The superintendent will provide public notice of all such actions through one or more of the methods listed in §1.7 of this chapter.

(iii) Violating any such closure, condition, or restriction is prohibited.

(iv) The superintendent may suspend or revoke an existing permit, and may deny future applications for an off-road motor vehicle permit, based upon violations of any such closure, condition, or restriction.

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