USFS Maps

The Forest Service (USFS) uses a variety of maps to provide the public with information about their forests.

Of interest to ATVers are the following USFS maps:


Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs):

The Forest Service (USFS) uses Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) to inform forest visitors where you are allowed to have motor vehicles. These maps are legal enforcement tools which means you must be on an approved motorized road, trail, or area at all times while in the forest.

Due to costs, some forest units are no longer printing copies of their MVUMs. Check with the particular forest unit you want to ride in to determine if they still print MVUMs.

If they are available, there is no cost to obtain them. They are generally available at any Forest Service office as well as online.

As of 2022, the Colville NF is NO distributing paper copies of their MVUMs. They are available as a PDF download. Or you can visit any Colville NF office and they should be able to provide you paper copies.

In most cases the online version (PDF) is too large to print at home. Therefore obtaining a printed copy is probably a better action.

The Forest Service has made their MVUMs available to be used on mobile devices in order to reduce the need for printing MVUMs. These are NOT just PDF versions. They have additional capabilities to make them usable in the field. They do NOT require cell service as they use the satellite capabilities built into most mobile devices.

This page - Avenza Map App - explains how to use the Avenza app to download various maps.

With the app and maps installed on your mobile device, you will be able to:
• View your location on the PDF maps using the built-in GPS device
• Measure distances and areas
• Record GPS tracks
• Plot waypoints
• Plot Geo-Tagged photos
• View maps offline (no cell phone data connection is needed after downloading the map)

Click on the appropriate link below to go to the USFS unit's MVUM web page (links open in new browser window):

Forest User's Maps (FUMs):

To better serve the public and inform visitors to the Colville National Forest, the Colville has created a new Forest User's Map (FUM) that will help you more easily find what you need. This map combines information from our Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) and firewood cutting information. Our goal is to provide a single map that includes the necessary information you will need to navigate the forest for recreation, firewood cutting, and other adventures.

This map depicts one of the four maps showing allowable firewood cutting areas on the Colville National Forest for personal use. For information on Free Personal Use Firewood Authorization for 2021 use this link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/colville/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fsbdev3_035280

This digital map is meant as an aid to assist you in locating firewood cutting areas within the Colville National Forest. It is not a permit to cut firewood. To cut firewood you must purchase a permit from your local Forest Service office. Personal use firewood permits are reissued each year. It is the responsibility of the woodcutter to acquire the current permit.

This Forest User's map is not a MVUM, but it contains information from the most current MVUM on the date the map was published. MVUMs are regularly updated. It is the responsibility of motor vehicle users to acquire the current MVUM. For more information on the MVUM, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/colville/home/?cid=FSBDEV3_035243

These new FUMs with information from the MVUM are also available in print from any Colvile National Forest office and can be downloaded to your mobile device using the free Avenza app. This page - Avenza Map App explains how to use the Avenza app to download maps available in digital format.

Forest Visitor's Maps (FVMs):

In addition to having copies of the MVUMs and/or Forest User's Maps (FUMs), it is highly recommended you purchase a copy of the latest Forest Visitor Map (FVM). These are generally available, for a fee, at most Forest Service Offices. Or you can purchase them from the following website: https://store.usgs.gov/fsmaps. These maps are complete; they show everything contained within the NF Unit - items such as campgrounds, lookouts, trailheads, and many more features not shown on the MVUM or the FUM.

Although some FVMs may show authorized 4WD trails, refer to the latest MVUM or FUM for the applicable forest to determine where you can have a motorized vehicle.

Planning a trip to other than the Colville NF or IPNF? This web page has links to ALL the currently available MVUMs: https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml

Temporary road/area/trail closures:

Before traversing any roads or trails, be sure to check the current conditions for that road or trail to ensure a temporary restriction is not in place.

Links below open in a new browser window:
Colville NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/colville/alerts-notices
Includes Tonasket Ranger District information (formerly a part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF)
Gifford Pinchot NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices
Idaho Panhandle NFs: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ipnf/alerts-notices
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices
Okanogan-Wenatchee NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Olympic NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/olympic/alerts-notices
Umatilla NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umatilla/alerts-notices
Wenatchee National Forest - See Okanogan-Wenatchee NF above
Page last updated: November 3, 2022