A primitive road near Dayton, Washington, United States

A primitive road is a minor road system, used for travel or transportation that is generally not maintained or paved.[1] Primitive roads primarily occur in rural farmlands, deserts, or forests rather than in developed areas.


A primitive road can be classified if it meets the following criteria:

  1. Is not classified as part of the area's primary road system
  2. Has an average annual daily traffic of one hundred or fewer vehicles.[2]
  3. Is typically made as non-paved gravel road or dirt road driveway

In the United States most of these roads are maintained by local governments and signed as county highways.

See also


  1. ^ ROS Users Guide. Forest Service. 1982. p. 16. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ "RCW 36.75.300: Primitive roads—Classification and designation". apps.leg.wa.gov.