Best California ATV Trails

California has 106 all terrain vehicle rides.

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.


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


Stoddard Valley OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Mammoth Bar OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Corral Canyon OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV

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.  MORE INFO

San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Foresthill OHV

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.  MORE INFO

Cottonwood Canyon Jeep Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Lark Canyon OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Rasor OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Barrett Lake

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.  MORE INFO

Big Bear Lake - South

Northeast of San Bernardino and south of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Big Bear Lake - Cactus Flats area has 62 miles of forest roads and trails open to ATV riding. The best trailheads are: Cactus Flats Staging northeast of Big Bear Lake, Big Pine Flats Campground northwest of Big Bear Lake and Crab Flats Campground between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake.  MORE INFO

Carnegie State Recreation Area

East of San Francisco and southwest of Tracy, the Carnegie State Recreation Area has 50 miles of trails over 1,500 acres open to ATV riding. Characterized by dry rocky washes, rolling hills and steep, rugged canyons, the park provides a setting for off-highway vehicle users of all skill levels.  MORE INFO

Hollister Hills Lower Ranch

South of San Jose and southwest of Hollister, the Hollister Hills State Recreation Area in the Gabilan Mountains has two large riding areas, Lower Ranch and Upper Ranch. The Lower Ranch - This 2,400-acre area, set aside for motorcycle and ATV use only, has about 64 miles of trails and several hill climbs.  MORE INFO

Hite Cove OHV Route

Northeast of Fresno and Merced in the Sierra National Forest, the Hite Cove OHV Route is a Class B route traverses a variety of terrain as its elevations range from 3,900 to 1,700 feet in the northwest region of the Sierra National Forest near the Jerseydale Forest Station. The route consists of mixed conifer, Black and Live Oak, scattered brush and grass, and an abundance of Poison Oak throughout the area.  MORE INFO

Red Lake/Coyote Lake OHV Route

Northeast of Fresno and Merced in the Sierra National Forest, the Red Lake/Coyote Lake OHV Route is a 3.5 mile route is rated Class B; however, travel becomes more difficult beyond Red Lake. This route travels travel to pristine, high-country lakes that hug the Dinkey Creek Wilderness Area.  MORE INFO

Miami Creek OHV Area

Northeast of Fresno near Oakhurst and Bass Lake, the Miami Motorized Vehicle Use Area has ATV riding in pure northern California forest with the thick smell of pine trees. The 60 miles of trail riding ranges from packed and wide single tracks to narrow dirt bike style single track.  MORE INFO

White Pines OHV

Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Arnold, the White Pines OHV network on the north side of Highway 4 is the main OHV riding area on the Calaveras Ranger District. With over 100 miles of connecting roads and trails, there is enjoyable riding for all levels and types of OHV users, including 4WD, ATVs and motorcycles.  MORE INFO

Mi-Wok OHV

Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Sonora, the popular Mi-Wok OHV area consists of 40 miles of signed trails and 140 miles of roads open to ATV riding. The Mi-Wok area extends from north of Crandall Peak to the Deer Creek area, northwest of Highway 108. The riding area ranges in elevation of 3500 feet at Deer Creek to 5500 feet at Crandall Peak.  MORE INFO

Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV

Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Sonora, the Hull and Trout Creek area is a popular area for ATV users to operate with 20 miles of signed trails and 100 miles of roads open to OHV use. Unlike the Crandall and Deer Creek area, few single-track motorcycle trails currently exist. The riding area ranges in elevation of 4500 feet near Long Barn to 7600 feet at Bourland Mountain. The riding area is closed during the winter due to snow blocking access.  MORE INFO

Fordyce Creek Trail

In the Tahoe National Forest, the Fordyce Creek Trail is a 10 mile route open to ATV riding. It is known as one of the three routes used for the annual Sierra Trek. There are several deep water crossings and steep climbs. The route leads to Summit City at Meadow Lake.  MORE INFO

Alamo Mountain Loop

South of Frazier Park in the Los Padres National Forest, the Alamo Mountain Loop is a 20 mile loop open to ATV riding. It is mostly level, but does have some narrow stretches and blind corners. After the pavement ends, the trail is rutted with rocky sections.  MORE INFO

Ballinger Canyon OHV Area

Southeast of Cuyama in the Los Padres National Forest, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one of the most popular areas to ride ATVs in California. The trail system has wide diversity, including winding singletrack. It consists of over 30 trail segments to form an infinite number of loops ranging from easy to difficult. There are 11 4WD roads, 12 ATV trails and 14 motorcycle only trails in the area.  MORE INFO

Jawbone OHV Area

East of Bakersfield near Ridgecrest, the Jawbone OHV Open Area (aka Jawbone Station / Randsburg) has 8,500 acres open to ATV riding. There are steep canyons and hill climbs to explore. The entire OHV area and surrounding public lands are open to primitive camping. Within Jawbone Canyon itself, there are a number of excellent primitive camping sites and OHV staging/off-loading areas.  MORE INFO

Prosser Hill OHV

North of Truckee in the Tahoe National Forest, the Prosser Hill OHV Area has 22 miles of ATV riding over several trails. The Prosser Hill Staging Area is located 4 miles north of town on SR89.  MORE INFO

Milsap Bar West

East of Chico and northeast of Oroville in the Plumas National Forest, the Milsap Bar West route is about 8 miles long and is open to ATV riding. The Milsap Bar West route (aka Route 1) begins just south of the Brush Creek Work Center off the Oroville Quincy Road, and it drops into the Middle Fork Feather Wild and Scenic River. There are good views of Bald Roack Dome and the Feather River Canyon. The route is considered easy to moderate, with some narrow, steep sections.  MORE INFO

Cleghorn Bar OHV

In the Plumas National Forest, the Cleghorn Bar OHV area has two nice ATV rides. The Middle Fork Feather River route is a scenic 6.6 mile descent with excellent camping available. Also, check out the Stag Point Trail.  MORE INFO