Best California ATV Trails

California has 106 all terrain vehicle rides.

  May 3, 2019

Located in the US, the ATV trails in California offers over one hundred ATV trail routes from which to choose. The best California ATV trails based on popularity are considered to be Glamis Dunes, Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV, Corral Canyon OHV Area, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, and Ocotillo Wells State Recreation Area. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a California ATV trails trail below.

Where Can I Ride ATVs In California?

Alamo Mountain Loop
Arroyo Salado
Baldy Mesa / Cleghorn Ridge / Marshall Peak
Ballinger Canyon OHV Area
Barney Riley Trail
Barrett Lake
Big Bear Lake - North
Big Bear Lake - South
Black Springs OHV Area
Bradshaw Trail
Buckhorn OHV Route
Camuesa OHV Route
Cannell Meadow / Kern Plateau - EAST
Cannell Meadow / Kern Plateau - WEST
Carnegie State Recreation Area
Chappie-Shasta ORV Area
Chimney Rock Trail
China Wall OHV Area
Clay Pit Off Road Area
Clear Creek Management Area
Cleghorn Bar OHV
Copley Mountain OHV Area
Corral Canyon OHV Area
Cottonwood Canyon Jeep Trail
Cow Mountain - South
Crandall OHV Staging Area
Craycroft Ridge OHV Trail
Date Flat / Fuel Break Staging Area
Davis Flat OHV Area
Deer Creek OHV Staging Area
Deer Lake OHV Trail
Divide Peak Road OHV Route
Dixie Mountain Trail
Dove Springs OHV Area
Downie River OHV Trail
Dumont Dunes OHV Area
Dusy/Ershim OHV Route
El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area
Fir Cap OHV Trail
Fordyce Creek Trail
Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV
Foresthill OHV
Fort Sage OHV Area
Four Trees
Frank Raines OHV Park
Glamis Dunes
Gold Note Trails System
Gold Valley OHV Trail
Granite Basin
Grizzley Creek
Hite Cove OHV Route
Hollister Hills Lower Ranch
Hollister Hills Upper Ranch
Howland Flat
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV
Hume Lake
Hungry Valley State Recreation Area
Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Indian Springs OHV Trail
Inyo National Forest
Jawbone OHV Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area
Klamath National Forest
Knoxville Recreation Area
La Grange OHV Park
Lark Canyon OHV Area
Lassen National Forest
Mammoth Bar OHV Area
Marysville Riverfront Park ORV Area
Miami Creek OHV Area
Milsap Bar East
Milsap Bar West
Mi-Wok OHV
Mojave Road
Mt Pinos East Riding Area
Oceano Dunes
Ocotillo Wells State Recreation Area
Olancha Dunes
Poker Flat
Porterville ATV Park
Pozo/La Panza Area - Burnout
Pozo/La Panza Area - Pine Mountain Road
Prairie City SVRA
Prosser Hill OHV
Rasor OHV Area
Red Lake/Coyote Lake OHV Route
Red Mountain OHV Route
Red Oak Canyon OHV Trail
Rock Creek Trail System
Rock Front OHV Area
Rowher Flat OHV Area
Rubicon OHV Trail
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area
Sierra Buttes OHV Trail
Spangler Hills OHV Area
Spanish OHV Route
Stoddard Valley OHV Area
Stonyford OHV Area
Superstition Mountain Open Area
Swamp Lake OHV Route
Upper Lake OHV Area - North
Upper Lake OHV Area - South
White Pines OHV
Wildomar OHV Area


FEATURED:  Stoddard Valley OHV Area

  Barstow, California

  March 17, 2019

Southwest of Barstow, the Stoddard Valley OHV Area has plenty of ATV trails. Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. The area is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes.

FEATURED:  Mammoth Bar OHV Area

  Sacramento, California

  June 30, 2016

Northeast of Sacramento and Auburn in the Auburn State Recreation Area, the Mammoth Bar OHV Area has 50 miles of ATV trails over 1,200 acres. It is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills about thirty miles northeast of Sacramento.

FEATURED:  Corral Canyon OHV Area

  San Diego, California

  March 18, 2019

East of San Diego and Alpine near Buckman Springs in the Cleveland National Forest, the Corral Canyon OHV Area has over 1,800 acres of ATV riding through very rugged terrain.

FEATURED:  Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV

  Los Angeles, California

  July 28, 2016

Northeast of San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest OHV System (aka Big Bear OHV) consists of 36 miles of OHV trails and 169 miles of forest roads (open to green sticker/red sticker usage). The trails are primarily in the Cajon, Arrowhead and Big Bear areas.

FEATURED:  San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area

  Los Angeles, California

  July 31, 2016

Northeast of Los Angeles and northwest of San Dimas in the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area offers up to 150 acres of diverse off-road opportunities. Water crossings, rocks, dirt roads and sand hills are some of the seasonally challenging experiences you will find. The assortment of physical terrain is unmatched anywhere in this area.

FEATURED:  Foresthill OHV

  Tahoe, California

  June 27, 2016

East of Auburn and Foresthill in the Tahoe National Forest, the Forest Hill OHV and China Wall OHV Area has 100 miles of trails open to ATV riding. There are three Staging Areas to access the trail system.

FEATURED:  Cottonwood Canyon Jeep Trail

  Barstow, California

  July 15, 2016

Near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park, a jeep trail runs up Cottonwood Canyon over hardpack to loose terrain that is open to ATV riding. Overall, there are 20 miles of jeep trails for ATV users in Death Valley National Park. These ATV riding routes in Death Valley National Park require street licensed vehicles.

FEATURED:  Lark Canyon OHV Area

  San Diego, California

  July 18, 2016

Southeast of San Diego, the Lark Canyon OHV Area has several miles of ATV trails. Located in McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area, Lark Canyon OHV Area is designed specifically for motorcycles. All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) might experience difficulty using the narrow trails.


  Barstow, California

  June 27, 2016

Northwest of Barstow, the Rasor OHV Area has plenty of ATV trails. This is an exciting and more remote area for the off-highway vehicle user. Rasor has rolling hills, open valleys, and sand dunes that invite riders willing to travel through this remote area. Elevations range from near 2,427 feet elevation down to around 1,275 feet elevation at the Mojave River.

FEATURED:  Barrett Lake

  Tahoe, California

  July 19, 2016

West of South Lake Tahoe in the Eldorado National Forest, the 20 mile route to Barrett Lake is open to ATV riding. This is a very challenging route with large rock obstacles and giant boulders.