Park Rules and Regulations


You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. All provisions of the California Vehicle Code are enforced. A copy may be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml.


The term OHV means off-highway vehicle. Any motor vehicle operated off-highway is an OHV. A highway licensed vehicle is an OHV when operated off of the highway. Vehicles having green and red stickers are OHVs.


ALCOHOL: Open container and DUI laws apply off-highway just as they do on-highway.  Don’t drink and drive.


ATV and ROV LAWS: There are laws which apply specifically to the operation of ATVs and ROVs. (For more complete information please see reverse page.)


DOGS: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your dog.


LIGHTS: OHVs operated between sunset and sunrise must display at least one lighted white headlight and one lighted red taillight visible from 200 feet.


NOISE EMISSIONS: The law limits noise emissions from all OHVs. Noise emissions for most OHVs are limited to not more than 96 dBA when measured from a distance of 20 inches using standardized test procedures. For more specific information, go to: 


REACH AND OPERATE ALL CONTROLS: All operators of off-highway vehicles must be able to reach and operate all controls.

REGISTRATION: When operating an OHV you must display either a license plate or an OHV sticker. OHV stickers include “Green Stickers,” “Red Stickers,” California Nonresident OHV Use Permits, and OHV stickers from states that have an OHV program.

SPARK ARRESTERS: All vehicles operating o-highway must be equipped with either a street legal muer or a spark arrestor maintained in eective working order.

SPEED: The speed limit is 15 mph on the beach and in camping and developed areas. Never drive faster than is safe for conditions.

SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE: Anyone whose driving privileges have been suspended or revoked is prohibited from operating any motor vehicle, on- or o-highway

VEGETATION: It is never legal to run over vegetation.

WHIP AND FLAG: All o-highway registered vehicles must have a whip and flag to operate at Oceano Dunes SVRA. All highway registered vehicles must have a whip and flag to operate in the dunes.