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WHERE TO RIDE: NEVADA

 
(3/5/2009)
DUNES, TRACKS, TRAILS & RIDE AREAS



The great state of Nevada became part of the USA in 1864, for the sole purpose of becoming an ATV enthusiast's playground. Of course, this is not 100 percent accurate, but it might as well be. There are all types of desert and mountain trail riding, sand duning, motocross racing, as well as some major off-road racing events, such as Best in the Desert and SCORE, based out of the state of Nevada.
This is not exactly the coldest state in the U.S. of A. either, so you can put your gigantic cold weather parkas in the closet and head south to this warmer ride area for the winter, or just merely a weekend ATVing getaway. Hey, you can even try your chances at the casinos. Here is every dune, track, trail and ride area in the great state of NEVADA.

DUNES

(1) AMARGOSA BIG DUNE
Beatty, Nevada
Northwest of Las Vegas and southeast of Beatty, the Amargosa Big Dune is five square miles of fun for your ATV. This ATV playground is used mainly by the locals, but is open to everyone.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head north on US95 into Amargosa Valley. Turn west on Valley View road for two miles. Turn onto dirt road leading to dunes, which are just north of Amargosa Valley.
CONTACT: (702) 515-5000.

(2) CRESCENT DUNES
Tonopah, Nevada
The Crescent Dunes is a 3000-acre open dune riding area near Tonopah, Nevada. It is open to any ATV all year long, and would make a great substitute for the more popular sand dunes around the US.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of US95 and US6 in Tonopah, go north on US95 towards Hawthorne for five miles. Turn right on Pole Line road and go north for about nine miles. Turn right on dirt road leading to the dunes. The camping area is two miles in, next to the first large crescent-shaped dune.
CONTACT: (775) 635-4000.

(3) NELLIS DUNES
Northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada
The Nellis Dunes are Nevada's version of Dumont Dunes. A local desert jewel just miles from Las Vegas provides a great location for an ATV family vacation.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to the Apex exit (Exit 58). Turn right onto Las Vegas Blvd. The parking area is on the left side of the road.
CONTACT: (702) 515-5000.



TRACKS

(4) CLUB MOTOX PARK
Las Vegas, Nevada
Club MotoX Park, located in Las Vegas, has everything from doubles and downhills, to step-ups, tabletops, triples, uphills, and whoops. The track is constantly groomed, has lights, great parking, bathrooms and a watering system.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to the Apex exit (Exit 58). Turn right onto Las Vegas Blvd. The parking area is on the left side of the road.
CONTACT: (702) 396-6415.

(5) FERNLY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Fernly, Nevada
Fernly International raceway is a sand track with no rocks. The track is wide with some long straight sections, and some natural sand whoops, double jumps and tabletops
DIRECTIONS: From Reno, take the second Fernley exit (Exit 48). Just before exiting, the track can be seen on the north side of the freeway. Turn south (right). Drive about two blocks and turn right on Freemont (west) just after the McDonalds. Follow the signs toward Veterans Cemetery. Drive about one mile. Turn right on Vine (north). Drive about 1/2 mile going back under the freeway.
CONTACT: (702) 322-4311.

(6) MASON TRACK
Yerington, Nevada
Mason Motocross in Yerington, Nevada features everything from doubles and downhills, to  step-ups, tabletops, triples, up hills and whoops. The track is always groomed and there is plenty of parking.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 95 North straight into Yerington.
CONTACT: (702) 463-2829.

(7) MESQUITE MOTO X PARK
The motocross track is about a mile in length is a mixture of sand and clay with wide sweeping corners exciting elevation changes and safe but challenging jumps.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, take Exit 122 off I-15, turn right off the exit on Pioneer Blvd. Take a left at the first light on Hillside drive. Stay on hillside until you reach Palms Golf Course road. Take a right onto Peppermill Palms Blvd., and follow the road through the golf course
CONTACT: www.mesquitemx.com, or call (928) 347-4176.

(8) ROLLING HILLS MX TRACK
Las Vegas, Nevada
Rolling Hills is another Las Vegas based MX track with plenty of doubles, downhills, step-ups, tabletops, triples, uphills and whoops. The track is always groomed and watered.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to the Apex exit (Exit 58). Turn right onto Las Vegas Blvd. The parking area is on the left side of the road.
CONTACT: (702) 656-2281.

(9) SILVER STATE MOTOCROSS
Minden, Nevada
Silver State MX is a mostly sand track that is mostly whoops.
DIRECTIONS: Take 395 to Snyder (south end of Carson near El Charro Mexican restaurant). Go east on Snyder until it ends (about two miles). Turn south on dirt road. Drive one half mile, track is on the left.
CONTACT: (702) 267-3723.

(10) SILVER STATE MX
Pahrump, Nevada
Silver State MX track has a good amount of doubles, downhills, step-ups, tabletops, triples, uphills and whoops. The track is always groomed and watered.
DIRECTIONS: Heading south on the 160-take West Leslie Street exit in Pahrump. Keep driving and you will see the track.
CONTACT: (702) 727-7493.

TRAILS

(11) LOGANDALE TRAIL SYSTEM
Logandale, Nevada
The Logandale Trail System has 50 miles of trails open to ATV riding. The trails are dirt, sand and rock through red rock canyons along the scenic eastern boundary of Valley of Fire State Park.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to SR169. Head south on SR169 for seven miles to Logandale. Turn right on Liston Ave.,  and follow the signs. Last couple of miles is dirt, but okay for any vehicle. The road ends at parking area with restrooms and tables, and is approximately an hour and a half from Las Vega.
CONTACT: (702) 515-5000.

(12) VIRGINIA CITY TRAILS
Reno, Nevada
The Virginia City area has miles of trails through the hills of a surrounding mining town. There are 2000 feet of climbs over rocks and through gullies.
DIRECTIONS: From Reno, head south on I-395 and just past Washoe Lake, exit East Lake Blvd (Hwy. 428) and head east. After approximately 6.5 miles look for Jumbo Grade Way
and turn right (east). In about
one mile there will be a staging area.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(13) BITTER SPRINGS TRAIL
Logandale, Nevada
The Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway is a 28-mile route open to ATV riding. The byway begins at the Valley of Fire State Park and runs south along the foothills of the Muddy Mountains. It takes you through dry washes and old mines.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to SR169. Head south on SR169 for seven miles to Logandale. Turn right on Liston Ave and follow the signs.
CONTACT: (702) 515-5000.

(14) IMMIGRANT TRAIL
Elko County, Nevada
Immigrant Trail follows a 96-mile route along gravel roads. The route runs northeast from Wells to the northeast corner of Nevada.
DIRECTIONS: The byway begins 26 miles north of Wells off Hwy 93 and traverses 96 miles of gravel roads in extreme northeastern Elko County. More than 40 miles of the route from the Winecup Ranch to Little Goose Creek parallels the California National Historic Trail.
CONTACT: (775) 753-0200.

(15) HARRISON PASS/CORRAL CREEK
Jiggs, Nevada
The Harrison Pass/Corral Creek area has multiple trails that overlook sweeping vistas of the Ruby Valley and Ruby Lake.
DIRECTIONS: Head southeast on SR227 towards Spring Creek (six miles). Turn south on SR228 for 33 miles to Harrison Pass road (CR718). Turn right on CR718 for eight miles.
CONTACT: (775) 752-3357.

(16) PEAVINE MOUNTAIN
Northwest of Reno, Nevada
The Peavine Mountain Trail System features hundreds of miles of trails. This is a technical ride with steep downhills and thick brush to the old Peaville Mining Camp. The route has 1500 feet of climbs.
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Reno, head north on US395 to N.  McCarran Blvd (SR651). Head west on McCarran. After crossing North Virginia Street, continue west on McCarran Blvd for about a mile. The parking area is on the north side of the road near a brown water storage tank.
CONTACT: (775) 882-2766.

(17) SCHOOL CREEK / SHERMAN CREEK
Elko, Nevada
The School Creek / Sherman Creek area offers plenty of riding through meadows in ranch country.
DIRECTIONS: From Elko, head southeast on SR227 towards Spring Creek. Turn south on SR228 towards Jiggs. Past Jiggs, turn west at Bald Mountain Mine turnoff. Continue for 26 miles to the south to School Creek.
CONTACT: (775) 752-3357.

(18) SPRUCE MOUNTAIN
(HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST)
Wells, Nevada
The Spruce Mountain area has miles of trails with awesome mountain vistas. The trails climb through aspen forests and run ridges.
DIRECTIONS: From Elko, head east on US80 to the Wells exit. Turn south on SR93 for 50 miles to the Spruce Mountain turnoff. After turning at the Spruce Mountain turnoff, go for 4.25 miles to parking on right.
CONTACT: (775) 752-3357.

(19) STAG MOUNTAIN
(HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST)
Deeth, Nevada
The Stag Mountain area has miles of riding in the Jarbidge Mountains of remote northern Nevada.
DIRECTIONS: From Elko, head east on US80 to the Deeth exit. Head north toward Jarbidge. A remote trail connects Stag Mountain, Charleston and Jarbidge and can be accessed off Interstate 80 at Deeth. The excursion to Stag Mountain, about 45 miles off Interstate 80, is a day trip. The trek to Charleston (44 miles) and Jarbidge (66 miles) are overnighters.
CONTACT: (775) 752-3357.

(20) CARSON RIVER TRAILS

Fort Churchill, Nevada
The Carson River Trails offer a 20-mile flat dirt road through high desert between mountain and alkali flats. It is part of the Yerington Multiple Use Trail System. The end of the main dirt road connects with a network of roads.
DIRECTIONS: The North Yerington trails are located 15 miles north of Yerington off Highway Alt 95. Parking is available at the Fort Churchill State Park or at the Carson River Ranch entrance.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(21) FORT CHURCHILL ROAD
Fort Churchill, Nevada
The Fort Churchill Road is a 15-mile route through the Yerington Multiple Use Trail System. This is a well-maintained dirt road.
DIRECTIONS: The North Yerington trails are located 15 miles north of Yerington off Highway Alt 95. Parking is available at the Fort Churchill State Park or at the Carson River Ranch entrance.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(22) MASON PASS ROAD

Yerington, Nevada
The Mason Pass Road is an 11-mile route that is part of the Yerington Multiple Use Trail System. This is a dirt road with steady elevation gain.
DIRECTIONS: Parking for the Central Yerington trails is available at Weed Heights Park grounds or at the Highway 339 rest area just south of Yerington.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(23) PINE GROVE TRAILS
Yerington, Nevada
The Pine Grove Trails offer an 18-mile round trip on dirt roads that are part of the Yerington Multiple Use Trail System. These roads access another ten miles of upper trails.
DIRECTIONS: From Yerington, head south on SR208 for ten miles. Turn onto FS59 and park after the gate or drive to Pine Grove.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(24) WEED HEIGHTS AREA
Yerington, Nevada
The Weed Heights Area has 11 miles of trails that are part of the Yerington Multiple Use Trail System.
DIRECTIONS: Parking for the Central Yerington trails is available at Weed Heights Park grounds or at the Highway 339 rest area just south of Yerington.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

RIDE AREAS

(25) BLACK ROCK DESERT
Gerlach, Nevada
The 300,000-acre Black Rock Desert has hundreds of miles for ATV riding. This flat desert region is the home of the annual Burning Man Festival.
DIRECTIONS: From Reno, head north on SR447 into Gerlach where the desert begins. It’s about 100 miles from Reno.
CONTACT: (775) 663-1500.

(26) HUNGRY VALLEY/MOON ROCKS OHV AREA
Pyramid Lake, Nevada
The Hungry Valley/Moon Rocks OHV Area is open to all OHV users. It is 20-acre open riding area of rock and sand.
DIRECTIONS: To reach the trailhead the intersection of I-80 and SR 445 in Reno/Sparks, go north on SR 445 (Pyramid Lake Rd.) for 17 miles. Turn left on Winnemucca Ranch Road and travel about six miles. Turn left on a dirt road (you will see rocks on the left.) Go about one mile to the lower staging area. Another 0.5 miles is the upper staging area.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(27) MOAPA VALLEY OHV PARK
Logandale, Nevada
The Moapa Valley OHV Park (Logandale Trail System) has 25 miles of challenging routes.
DIRECTIONS: From Las Vegas, head east on US15 to SR169. Head south on SR169 and follow signs.
CONTACT: (702) 515-5000.

(28) PRISON HILL RECREATION AREA
Carson City, Nevada
The 2450-acre Prison Hill Recreation Area has trails open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV riding.
DIRECTIONS: The main parking area is located on the eastern end of Koontz Lane. It provides access to a loop trail at the top of Prison Hill with a nice vista. The trailhead at the southern end provides access to motorized-use routes. These routes include a small loop trail system and several sandy washes.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.

(29) SAND MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

Fallon, Nevada
The Sand Mountain Recreation Area is a 4795-acre recreation area. Razorbacks or slip faces exist at the top of the mountain and many of the surrounding dunes.
DIRECTIONS: From Reno, head east on US80 towards Wadsworth. Exit onto US50 heading east. Continue through Fallon. Sand Mountain Recreation Area is located 25 miles southeast of Fallon.
CONTACT: (775) 885-6000.



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