The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal-aid assistance program to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use.
The program provides funding for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Information on Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, go the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) here.
Each state develops its own procedures to solicit projects from project sponsors, and to select projects for funding, in response to recreational trail needs within the State.
Nevada State Parks administers the RTP in Nevada. Each year the Federal Highway Administration distributes funds to each state based on gasoline tax revenue from registered off-road vehicles in the state. Nevada received approximately 0.6% of the total apportionment or $1 -$1.5 million.
Nevada State Parks is allowed to use 7% of the total apportioned funds for administration; this funding enables Nevada State Parks to staff one full-time position to manage the RTP in Nevada. The available amount to be received for the next cycle is announced in winter/spring before the next pre-application period.
2013 Recreational Trails Program Grant Manual.
Link to the OHV Shoshone project.