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The town of Silverton Colorado voted to Ban OHV from town in tonights meeting . I am not sure when the ban will go into effect but its a done deal

Anyone that was planning to travel to Silverton this year and stay at a campground and ride your machine from camp will no longer be able to .

For many months there has been complaints of noise, people leaving designated routes both in town and also in the back country and also complaints about excessive speed and dust from the the OHV user group and now the town of Silverton has taken a major step to outlaw all of us🤬.

Please share this info with other pages so that people know.”

@BobX2 any more info on this?
 

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The town of Silverton Colorado voted to Ban OHV from town in tonights meeting . I am not sure when the ban will go into effect but its a done deal

Anyone that was planning to travel to Silverton this year and stay at a campground and ride your machine from camp will no longer be able to .

For many months there has been complaints of noise, people leaving designated routes both in town and also in the back country and also complaints about excessive speed and dust from the the OHV user group and now the town of Silverton has taken a major step to outlaw all of us🤬.

Please share this info with other pages so that people know.”

@BobX2 any more info on this?
Well crap!!! That was one of our bucket list places to visit. Hopefully this doesn't start a trend with other areas. Unfortunately its always the few that make the responsible look bad that mess it up for everyone.
 

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It is little over 2200 miles one way and trailering two machines to get there for us. To trailer the machines to a parking location is not that big of a deal. Definitely more convenient to not have to trailer but we will if necessary. Last year we stayed in a very nice house at the base of Kendall Mountain. That house caught fire and burned to the ground the end of February so we had to find another place on the OHV route. We still have a few weeks to cancel our reservations for a full refund of the deposit. My thought right now is why should I go someplace that I am obviously not welcome. We knew they were having the meeting and the vote. We had read that if there was a vote it would not take effect until 2022 and during that time there would be an appeal process and maybe go to a resident only vote in September. Obviously the board members have an agenda and OHV dollars are not part of that agenda. I would be willing to bet the plans for the Kendall Mountain ski resort is though!!
 

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I believe June 20 is when the new ordinance goes into effect.
It was disappointing to say the least to read about that. As is usually the case (see Moab) there are those in our sport who ruin it for everyone. I call them the "Look at me" guys. Loud pipes, loud music, high speed, ride where ever I want asshats. I have seen "those guys", and I'm sure the rest of you have as well. I hope none of you here are part of that crowd.
I really can't blame Silverton for doing what they are doing. They gave us a chance, we took advantage of it, and we blew it. To take it out on the town is really not fair.
It's a shame because Colorado was just starting to become a little more OHV friendly. This will set things WAY back. This will eliminate any chance of Colorado ever allowing OHV's to become street legal. The few towns and counties that do allow them are mostly rural areas and farm country, not really prime riding destinations.
 

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There is a certain attitude amongst some vacationers (this cuts across the entire vacation activity spectrum) of "I spent big money getting here, It's my time to do what I want, and that's the way it is." A loud, fast, wildly driven, thumping, UTV acts like a focused lightning rod amongst the general population that is suffering tourist fatigue. They are the ones that decide the rules. For example, there is a lot of seething UTV hatred in Pitkin CO.
 

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I've been to Silverton, rode the narrow gauge railroad to get there.......cool little mining town. The closure is really going to impact several of the local businesses that do guided tours and SxS rentals. Shame I didn't do it when I was there.
 

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NOTIFICATION AND CLARIFICATION
ORDINANCE 2021-5
Silverton, CO – May 18, 2021 – At a special meeting held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Town of Silverton Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 2021-05, which amends sections 8-3-30 through 8-3-80 of the Silverton Town code to prohibit off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on all streets, alleys, and rights-of-way within the Town of Silverton. This change to the Town code eliminates the OHV route and makes driving OHVs anywhere within Town limits illegal. These changes are effective as of 12:01 A.M. on June 20, 2021. The approved ordinance language includes the following:
Off-highway vehicles are prohibited on all streets, alleys, and rights-of-way within the Town of Silverton.

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Well, this is my 1st post. sorry I didn't introduce myself, I have been to Silverton 5 times and going in Aug, this ban will affect a lot of businesses, including the ATV / UTV rentals in town.
Unfortunately this will put the low paid Police department under stress, I have had dealings with a few of them, I have been in law enforcement 23 years and well, I wont bad mouth them, but some people training skills wouldn't go a miss......
Lake City is UTV friendly so I guess once word gets out that Silverton is like Ouray people will go elsewhere, including my 18 riders...
I understand the 700 residents are fed up with the noise and idiots that run around the streets, but most of us are not like them.
But the town thrives on its tourists, including regular visitors, train passengers and off roading people, this ban is going to hurt the town.....
anyway, my 2cents worth.
 

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But the town thrives on its tourists, including regular visitors, train passengers and off roading people, this ban is going to hurt the town.....
anyway, my 2cents worth.

Welcome.

It's a can't live with them, can't live without them enigma. Being in a tourist center in myself, summer time sucks from tourist impacts. Menu planning....forget it because a group came in and bought all the bacon, steak, or whatever in the store. Traffic sucks, what once was a 4-5 minute drive across town is now 25. But the very folks that bitch are the ones that elected protourist leaders and kicked other wealth producing businesses out of town. Add in an aging cranky demographic and the formula worsens. Out of state new know it all property owners from blue zones who miss their rules, even worse.

I've never been to Silverton by UTV, but being pretty local it is a very long day trip from Lake City for me and on my to list this year, time permitting. That plan will change somewhat. All I can say at this point is enjoy it while you can and be respectful. :(
 

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Yet you can take a dirt bike throw on some mirrors, lights and a horn and voile' its a street legal???? My KRX identifies as a modified Geo Tracker.....:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: I do understand the noise thing though seems everybody immediately pulls off the stock exhaust and puts on something noisier even though it has 0 affect on performance. And with the Centrifugal Clutches RPMs are way up there making it even worse. Just went to Moab and the writing is on the wall there too. As these small towns get larger they quickly start to forget how they came to be. Its like moving next to an airport and then complaining about all the air traffic and noise... That is most likely the last time I will got to Moab unfortunately its just become too commercial and starting to feel like were really not welcome.
 

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Once again, it's NOISE that shuts down riding areas, yet first thing many people do to their machines is add a straight through megaphone type cherry bomb muffler to their machines. Quiet Core or not, loud does not = power.
Right. They’d be better off passing a noise ordinance. Ticket and/or ban non-factory exhaust systems, rather then shooting themselves in the foot financially by banning the UTV’s all together.

They could simply impose a need to have a sticker to ride in a certain area(s), and to obtain said sticker, you would need to prove to the ranger (or whatever) that your machine meets noise standards.
The sticker fees would easily pay for the cost of employees needed, as well as the fines collected from ticketing.
 

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I'm not sure about Silverton, but a lot of small LEO juristictions just don't have the ability to deal with stuff like UTV takeovers (a bad choice of words for our community BTW). It's not that they aren't great people and wanting to do the right thing, they are overwhelmed, under trained and underfunded and don't have the infrastructure to do the right thing. A small mountain municipality might have a base population that is in the low thousands that can swell to 10X that during certain times of the year. It's hard to provide consistant manpower under these conditions. There is a lot of cross reserve trading among agencies for certain specific periods but that barely scratches the surface. Also proposed ordinances need to be reviewed by legal, funded, probably need to have lab certified and calibrated test/equipment. It's easier to just say screw it and ban everything.
Personally, I think this is a golden private contractor opportunity to provide guidance and enforcement services. Think portable traffic/sound measuring cameras. No sticker visible to record on camera=impoundment. The message would spread quickly. Comply or learn an expensive lesson, or just go elsewhere.

It's telling when dispatch tells you that the SD is going to have to borrow a 4×4 truck from road and bridges because they don't have one for the call. That's how poor some of these agencies are.

There are juristictions to the north east of Silverton that are pretty strict about noise and arresters. They advertise that fact, work with organizations like Stay the Trail, and other agency players to provide uniform standards, and, IIRC even have roving sound check points. Orgs like Stay the Trail get the word out and provide peer pressure to not be a dick.
 

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I was in Ouray last year and it was jamb packed....Silverton the same way. Plenty of people with SXS that were trailered to a trailhead riding and enjoying the trails.
If I am reading the “ban” right, it is for the town itself.
Living in a tourist town myself, I hate 90 percent of the people that visit. Most have no respect for those that reside there.
 

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The town of Silverton Colorado voted to Ban OHV from town in tonights meeting . I am not sure when the ban will go into effect but its a done deal

Anyone that was planning to travel to Silverton this year and stay at a campground and ride your machine from camp will no longer be able to .

For many months there has been complaints of noise, people leaving designated routes both in town and also in the back country and also complaints about excessive speed and dust from the the OHV user group and now the town of Silverton has taken a major step to outlaw all of us🤬.

Please share this info with other pages so that people know.”

@BobX2 any more info on this?
everyone should stay away from Silverton, in every form of vacationing. when they loose enough revenue from tourism they can then see the impact from there decision. most of us snowmobile in the winter. find some where else. locals don't realize how much the business need us.
 

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Read on another board that they may be rethinking the ban. Sounds like this blindsided a lot of local businesses. Fingers crossed.
 
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