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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.