Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Bureau of Land Management, California.


Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area is an exciting and more remote area for the off-highway vehicle user. The area has rolling hills, open valleys, and sand dunes that invite the rider willing to travel to this area. Rasor OHV Area Elevations range from about 2,427 feet elevation down to about 1,275 feet elevation at the Mojave River. Besides the remote nature of the area, another attraction is the historic Mojave Road which runs through the riding area into the Mojave National Preserve (street-legal vehicles only in the Preserve).
Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, some annual grasses and wild flowers.

Download a brochure and map for the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.

Off-Highway Vehicle Use

Rasor OHV Area Visitors to Rasor enjoy excellent recreation opportunities including open desert riding on All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, dune buggies, Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), and camping.

In addition to the riding and camping activities, this area provides access and support facilities for staging OHV and 4X4 vehicle touring into the adjacent area of the Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM). This and other surrounding limited use areas require vehicles to travel on designated routes. There is also street legal vehicle access into the Mojave National Preserve along the Mojave Road. Access roads to Rasor are Basin and Rasor Roads via Interstate 15, 12 miles southwest of Baker, CA.

The following partial list of regulations and tips should help OHV users and other recreationists appreciate and enjoy the use of these public lands. Please visit the State of California OHV page for more information about California’s regulations and requirements.

Hunting & Shooting

The Rasor OHV Recreation Area, as well as surrounding Limited Use Areas, are open to recreational shooting with the exception of the Afton Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The Afton Canyon ACEC is closed to recreational shooting except legal shotgun hunting outside a ½-mile perimeter of the campground and middle of railroad trestle.


Rasor OHV Area Camping is permitted anywhere within the open area of Rasor, but is limited to a maximum of 14 consecutive days.

There is less primitive camping available at the Afton Canyon campground, situated at the west end of the canyon. This newly renovated campground provides several sites, available on a first-come basis for a fee of $6 per night. There is also a 14-day stay limit.

Each site is equipped with a shade structure, parking area, table, fire pit, and grill. Vault toilets are centrally located. Campfire permits are required and may be restricted in fire season (typically May-October). Fire danger is extreme during most of the year. Campfire permits can be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org.

Nearby Activities


The riding area is between Interstate 15 and the Mojave National Preserve, about 25 miles southwest of Baker (CA). Access roads are Basin Road and Rasor Road east of the I-15. Both of these roads are graded dirt roads.

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