Southeast of Reno, the Virginia City area has miles of ATV trails through the hilly terrain surrounding an old mining town. Be prepared for 2,000 feet of vertical over rocks and through gullies. The trails allow exploration of various old mining sites.
To reach the ATV riding trailhead for Virginia City Trails from Reno, head south on I-395 and just past Washoe Lake, exit East Lake Blvd (Hwy 428) and head east. After approx. 6.5 miles look for Jumbo Grade Way and turn right (east). In about one mile there will be a staging area with porta-potties.
Note - make sure to stay on established roads and trails and also to check about local fire restrictions with the sheriff in Virginia City (775) 847-0959 - sometimes you have to ride with a bucket of water and a shovel.
Note: As of April 2008, the Long Valley Road and Lousetown Road areas are private property. There is no public land and the local sheriffs office is instructed to cite riders.