Best California OHV/4WD Trails

California has 81 off-highway vehicle routes.

  September 6, 2021

Located in the US, the OHV driving in California offers over thirty OHV trail routes from which to choose. The best California OHV driving based on popularity are considered to be Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV, Miller Jeep Trail, Wildomar OHV Area, Divide Peak Road OHV Route, and Bradshaw OHV Trail. For a detailed OHV riding trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a California OHV driving trail below.

Where Can I Drive OHVs In California?

Alamo Mountain Loop
Ballinger Canyon OHV Area
Barney Riley Trail
Barrett Lake
Black Springs OHV Area
Bradshaw OHV Trail
Buckhorn OHV Route
Camuesa OHV Route
Cannell Meadow / Kern Plateau - EAST
Cannell Meadow / Kern Plateau - WEST
Carnegie State Recreation Area
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area
Clear Creek Management OHV Area
Cleghorn Bar OHV
Cleghorn Ridge
Copley Mountain OHV Area
Corral Canyon OHV Area
Cow Mountain - South
Crandall OHV Staging Area
Davis Flat OHV
Death Valley National Park
Deer Creek OHV Staging Area
Divide Peak Road OHV Route
Dove Springs OHV Area
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
Fort Sage OHV Area
Frank Raines OHV Park
Gold Lake OHV Route
Gold Note OHV Routes
Hayfork Trail
Hite Cove OHV Route
Hull Creek / Trout Creek OHV
Hume Lake
Hungry Valley State Recreation Area
Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area
Imperial Sand Dunes OHV Recreation Area
Jawbone OHV Open Area
Johnson Valley OHV Area
Knoxville Recreation OHV Area
La Grange OHV Park
Lassen Back Country Discovery Trail
Miami Creek OHV Area
Miller Jeep Trail
Mi-Wok OHV
Niagara OHV Area
Oceano Dunes
Ocotillo Wells State Recreation Area
Olancha Dunes OHV Area
Pardoe Trail
Peligreen Jeep Trail
Pozo/La Panza OHV Area - Burnout
Pozo/La Panza OHV Area - Pine Mountain Road
Rasor OHV Area
Red Lake/Coyote Lake OHV Route
Red Mountain OHV Route
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Rock Front OHV Area
Rowher Flat OHV Area
Rubicon OHV Trail
Samoa Dunes Recreation OHV 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
Upper Ranch
Usal Road
West Lake/Strawberry Lake OHV Route
White Pines OHV
Wildomar OHV Area


FEATURED:  San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area

  Los Angeles, California

  August 4, 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 region of the state.

FEATURED:  Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV

  Los Angeles, California

  August 2, 2016

Northeast of San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest OHV System 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:  Johnson Valley OHV Area

  Barstow, California

  June 22, 2016

Northeast of LA and south of Barstow near Lucerne Valley, the Johnson Valley OHV Area is open to 4WD vehicles. Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes.

FEATURED:  Bradshaw OHV Trail

  Los Angeles, California

  July 10, 2016

In southeastern Riverside County near Palm Springs, the Bradshaw Trail is a 70 mile graded 4WD dirt road with sandy sections open to jeeps and OHV. The trail traverses mostly public land and offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains.

FEATURED:  Rowher Flat OHV Area

  Los Angeles, California

  August 9, 2016

North of Newhall in the Angeles National Forest, the 10000 acre Rowher Flat OHV area has 60 miles of rolling trails open to OHV use. Rowher Flat is open to motorcycles, ATVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles. No stopping, unloading or OHV riding is permitted on the Rush Canyon access road.

FEATURED:  Spangler Hills OHV Area

  Barstow, California

  June 24, 2016

East of Bakersfield near Ridgecrest, the Spangler Hills OHV Area has 57,000 acres open to OHV use. The Spangler OHV Area provides a wide variety of riding opportunities including cross country play, trail riding, advanced technical routes, 4-wheel drive trails, and Enduro, Technique Trials, European Scramble and Hare Hound competitive events. The area provides an uncrowded riding opportunity in the Western Mojave Desert three hours north of Los Angeles.


  Barstow, California

  July 3, 2016

Northwest of Barstow, the Rasor OHV Area has plenty of OHV 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. The 4WD area is located between Interstate 15 and the Mojave National Preserve.

FEATURED:  Stoddard Valley OHV Area

  Barstow, California

  September 6, 2021

Southwest of Barstow, the Stoddard Valley OHV Area has plenty of OHV 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:  Ballinger Canyon OHV Area

  Santa Barbara, California

  July 4, 2016

Southeast of Cuyama in the Los Padres National Forest, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one of the most popular areas for OHV use 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.

FEATURED:  Buckhorn OHV Route

  Santa Barbara, California

  July 5, 2016

North of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the Buckhorn OHV Route is an awesome route heading deep into the backcountry. This route is on an old dirt road running north-south. It is a 9.2 mile one-way trek.