Best California OHV/4WD Trails

California has 100 off-highway vehicle routes.

  September 20, 2018

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, Wildomar OHV Area, San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area, Cleghorn Ridge, and Miller Jeep 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
Clarks Summit
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
Craycroft Ridge OHV Trail
Cucamonga Big Tree Trail
Davis Flat OHV
Death Valley National Park
Deer Creek OHV Staging Area
Deer Lake OHV Trail
Divide Peak Road OHV Route
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
Fish Rock Road
Fordyce Creek Trail
Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV
Fort Bragg - Sherwood Road
Fort Sage OHV Area
Frank Raines OHV Park
Genoa Peak Road
Glamis
Gold Lake OHV Route
Gold Note OHV Routes
Gold Valley OHV Trail
Grouse Ridge / Bowman Lake
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
Indian Springs OHV Trail
Iowa Hill Loop
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
North Main Divide Road
Oceano Dunes
Ocotillo Wells State Recreation Area
Olancha Dunes OHV Area
Palomar Mountain Divide
Pardoe Trail
Peligreen Jeep Trail
Pozo/La Panza OHV Area - Burnout
Pozo/La Panza OHV 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
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
Santa Clara Divide Road
Santiago Peak / Indian Truck Trail
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

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Featured OHV/4WD TRAILS

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 region of the state.  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 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

Johnson Valley OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Bradshaw OHV Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Rowher Flat OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Spangler Hills OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Rasor OHV Area

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.  MORE INFO

Stoddard Valley OHV Area

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.   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 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.  MORE INFO

Buckhorn OHV Route

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.  MORE INFO

Dove Springs OHV Area

North of Mojave, the Dove Springs OHV Area has 5,000 acres open to OHV use. The Dove Springs bowl is also a great starting point to begin to explore the hundreds of miles of trail riding opportunities available in this region. Within the Dove Springs area there are numerous camping and OHV staging/offloading areas.  MORE INFO

Dumont Dunes OHV Area

East of Barstow and north of Baker, the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area is a large open area for OHV routes. It is bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive sand dunes.  MORE INFO

Oceano Dunes

Northwest of Santa Maria near Pismo Beach, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area has 70 miles of OHV routes over 1,500 acres of beaches and dunes along the Pacific Ocean. The Post 2 trailhead area is the best place to start. All OHVs must be transported to this point before off-loading.  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 OHV routes. 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

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.  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 four-wheel drive 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 4,500 feet near Long Barn to 7,600 feet at Bourland Mountain.  MORE INFO

Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area

East of Tuolomne City, the Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area offers 100 miles of roads open to OHV use. Future site specific analysis may result in trail opportunities being developed. The riding area ranges in elevation of 2,500 feet at Hunter Creek to 5,800 feet at Duckwall Mountain. The riding area is open all year, but access on some roads may be blocked due to snow in winter months.  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 OHV use. 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 3,500 feet at Deer Creek to 5,500 feet at Crandall Peak.  MORE INFO

Sierra Buttes OHV Trail

North of Sierra City in the Tahoe National Forest, the Sierra Buttes OHV Trail is a 2.2 mile round trip route. This is a popular route that receives heavy traffic. The route runs from Sierra City to the Sierra Buttes.  MORE INFO

Copley Mountain OHV Area

Northeast of Redding and west of Shasta Dam, the Chappie Shasta ORV Area has 250 miles of OHV trails through riparian and chaparral terrain with pine at higher elevations. The Copley Mountain OHV Area is a staging area within the Chappie-Shasta ORV Area.  MORE INFO

La Grange OHV Park

East of Modesto, the La Grange Off-Highway Vehicle Park has 150 acres open to OHV use. The riding area is on an old gold dredge area.  MORE INFO

Fort Sage OHV Area

Northeast of Sacramento and Doyle, the Fort Sage OHV Area miles of trails open to OHV use. The Fort Sage Special Recreation Management Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California, about 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. There are about 90 miles of designated routes for OHVs.   MORE INFO

Chappie-Shasta OHV Area

Northeast of Redding and west of Shasta Dam, the Chappie Shasta ORV Area has 250 miles of OHV trails through riparian and chaparral terrain with pine at higher elevations. The OHV trailhead is located across the dam.  MORE INFO

Samoa Dunes Recreation OHV Area

West of Eureka on Humboldt Bay, the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area has 140 acres of open OHV users. It connects with the new 75 acre Eureka Dunes about 1 mile north of Samoa.  MORE INFO