California Riding Sites

Always call ahead to see what vehicles are allowed into each area.


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Angeles National Forest Arcadia, CA - Water is scarce. Most visitors travel in the canyon bottoms where water is available. A permit is required and visitor quotas are imposed.

Anza-Borrego State Park - also See Ocotillo Wells. - Borrego Springs, CA Four-wheel-drive vehicle trails wind through beautiful washes lined with palo verde and smoke trees. Street Legal Vehicles except in the OHV Park at Ocotillo Wells.

Bradshaw Trail Indio, CA 65-mile trail that winds through the California Desert is an important trail for horseback riders and four-wheel drive vehicles.

Buttercup Valley - See Glamis Sand Dumes - Buttercup is on the side of the dunes that runs between Brawley and Yuma on I-8.

Carnegie - 17999 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550 Phone: (510) 447-0426 or (510) 447-9027 - 1,500 acres, hill-type trail riding, hillclimbs and motocross track available. Elevations up to 1800 feet. Fees.

Cleveland National Forest Rancho Bernardo, CA moderate to steep terrain is covered with chaparral and oak woodlands.

Cow Mountain Recreation Trails Ukiah, CA - Named for the longhorn cattle that once ran wild in the area, these steep, chaparral-covered slopes provide an extenisve network of trails for hikers, horseback riders and off-road vehicles.

Dove Springs - in Cantril; located on Hwy 14 - about 21 miles from Mohave City. All Vehicles OK. New Ranger Station is Open For Business.

Dumont Dunes -Near BakerCalifornia. Baker is on I-15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. From Baker go north on highway 127 towards Death Valley. Approximately 34 miles. Look for the sign and the dirt road that heads east. About 3 miles down thedirt road you will cross a small stream (it may be dry) then up to the left another 1/2 mile are the flats that are in front of the dunes. That is where most people park & camp. All vehicles OK.

Glamis Sand Dumes Officially called the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, this single dune range covers 120,700 acres and stretches 45 miles before ending in Mexico. With LA only 4-1/2 hours away by car, the dunes attract over 40,000 people on the busiest holiday, Thanksgiving weekend, but they come from all over to play in the huge sandbox. Glamis offers some of the best if not the best duning in the United States. Located Southwest of Brawley, California on Highway 78, Glamis offers some of the best duning and scenery around. For GPS owners, here are coordinates.

Hollister Hills - 7800 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023 Phone: (408) 637-3874 6,627 acres of mixed chaparral and grasslands facility. Elevations 800 ft.-2600 ft. facility. Temperatures: summer, low-mid 90's, winter, low 60's - upper 70's. Open daily 24 hours. Fees: Day use entrance fee $4; /vehicle, $6 camping. No reservations. Call for Special events information. MC, ATV, DB, (4WD & DB call ahead).

Hungry Valley - Lebec, CA 93243-1360 Phone: (805) 248-7007 Ranges from 2,600 ft. to over 8,000 ft. on adjoining Los Padres National Forest. 137 miles of OHV Trails and roads in Hungry Valley's 19,000 acres and over 150 miles of National Forest OHV routes pass through high desert, rolling hills, arroyos, scrubland and steep pine-forested mountains. 4-Wheel Drive Obstacle Course open to the public. Motocross Track by permit only to promoters and organized clubs. 10 developed camp areas, 150 campsites with shade ramadas, fire rings, picnic tables and primitive toilets. No water. Open daily, 24 hours. Fees: Day use $4, Camping $6. No reservations. MC, ATV, 4WD Some trails are very narrow and steep.

Inyo National Forest Bishop, CA Permits are required for wilderness travel.

Jawbone Canyon and Redrock Canyon - aka Dove Springs in Cantril; located on Hwy 14 - about 21 miles from Mohave City. All Vehicles OK. New Ranger Station is Open For Business.

Joshua Tree National Park Twentynine Palms, CA Six backcountry dirt roads, ranging from two to 23 miles, are open to mountain bikes and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Bikes are not allowed on trails.

Lassen National Forest - Susanville, CA

Los Coyotes Indian Reservation - Warner Springs, CA off Hwy 79. Lots of trails for riding in thick brush and trees. Sorry, NO ATVs or Motorcycles. Camping $15 per night with trailer or tow; $10 for day use per vehicle ( $12 with trailer or tow). Open only from 10am Friday to 4pm Sunday. No one allowed in after 1pm on Sunday. -- P.O. Box 249, Warner Springs, CA 92086 - - Phone 760 782-0711 Fax 760 782-2701 No Group Rates - - Remember People live here and keep it clean.

Los Padres National Forest Goleta, CA There are 1,542 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and off-highway vehicle travel.

Mendocino National Forest offers one of the finest opportunities for OHV recreationists in Northern California. The ForestService in cooperation with the State of California OHV Green Sticker Fund hasdeveloped and designated routes and facilities for the enjoyment of the OHVrecreationist. See also...

Oceano Dunes AKA Pismo Beach in Arroyo Grande: 576 Camino Mercado, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Phone: (805) 473-7230 - explore the sand highway, hundreds of miles of ocean fun. Camping on the State Park Facilities of Pismo Beach California. All vehicles OK.

Ocotillo Wells - 5172 Highway 78 ,Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Phone: (760) 767-5391 Brand new facilities and more land being acquired daily. All vehicles OK. If you are near SR22, only street legal vehicles allowed out of the park.

Plumas National Forest , Quincy, CA

Prairie City or Rancho Cordova - 13300 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 Phone: (916) 985-7378

Redrock Canyon and Jawbone Canyon - aka Dove Springs in Cantril; located on Hwy 14 - about 21 miles from Mohave City. All Vehicles OK. New Ranger Station is Open For Business.

San Bernardino Forest - OHV Trails have been built to meet the needs of four-wheeling, three-wheeling, and dirt biking cyclists and ATV riders. Specific dirt routes and trails have been constructed and designated for use by OHV's. The San Bernardino Forest offers some of the best trail riding in California. Because of the harmful impact machines can have on the resources of wildlands, certain areas have been designated for this activity. Before planning an off-road outing, please contact one of the District Ranger Offices for more details. See also...

Sequoia National Forest , Porterville, CA About 900 miles of trails are used primarily by equestrians, hikers and off-highway vehicles. Forty-five miles of the Pacific Crest Trail traverse the forest in three locations.

Sierra National Forest , Clovis, CA The Sierra National Forest has 11 reservoirs and lakes, 63 campgrounds, five wilderness areas and hundreds of miles of hiking, equestrian and off-road vehicle trails.

Six Rivers National Forest , Eureka, CA There are trails for riding horses or off-road vehicles, picnic areas, campgrounds and resorts with cabins.

Stanislaus National Forest , Sonora, CA 480 miles of trails to explore and more than 1,000 miles of abandoned roads to use. Mountain bikers have 2,000 miles of unsurfaced roads and 150 miles of trails.

Tahoe National Forest , Nevada City, CA The forest, near Lake Tahoe, has 400 miles of hiking trails and 300 miles of off-highway vehicle trails. Some trails are marked for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

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A Guide to California's OHV Organizations Clubs, associations or organizations whose mission is to further OHV Recreation in California. Most of them stage events, publish newsletters and/or respond to political and land-use issues. Feel free to contact any of them for their resources to help you know more about and to better enjoy your recreation.

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