Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Bureau Of Land Management, California.


During the shelter in place order now in effect for California residents, the Bureau of Land Management personnel are not available to service and maintain the facilities. Pack out what you Pack in. The OHV area and trails remain open. Please practice social distancing outdoors. Thank you for taking care of your public lands.

For a list of BLM recreation site closures please visit our COVID-19 Update page.


The Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California outside the town of Doyle. The area is about 45 miles south of Susanville, California and 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. The special Recreation Management Area consists of approximately 28,598 acres of public land that is managed for off-highway vehicle use such as motorcycles, ATV's, Side by Sides, and 4wd.

There are developed OHV staging areas within Fort Sage with graveled access roads accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles and green/red sticker legal vehicles. Per county ordinance 2011-007 OHV's can legally ride on the CR 327 Fort Sage Road and CR 344 Summers Road.

Vehicle use within the recreation area is limited to the 100 miles of designated roads and trails and is appropriate for motorcycle, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and 4-wheel drive vehicles. The trails are marked with numbered signs displaying difficulty rating and recommended vehicle type depending on the width of the trail. The routes traverse a wide variety of terrain including flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country and rocky, steep canyons and gulches.

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Operation and maintenance of the facilities, roads and trails within the Fort Sage OHV area are funded in part, by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. In October 2018, the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office will finish constructing the Diamondback and Raptor Trailheads located on the Fort Sage entrance road about .03 miles east of the Fort Sage Trailhead. An updated 2018 brochure and map is now available.

For more information or to review current and past grants visit the: CA State Parks

For information about ATV safety visit the: ATV Safety Institute.

For safety information or Recreational Vehicle training visit: Recreational Off-highway Vehicle Association

Visit these other BLM Managed Off-Highway Vehicle Areas:

Rice Canyon OHV Area

Dry Valley OHV Area

Chappie Shasta OHV Area

South Cow Mountain OHV Area

Click here to comment on the CA State Parks OHV grant preliminary applications from March 2, 2020 to May 4, 2020

Nearby Activities

  • Auto Touring
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Off Highway Vehicle
  • Photography
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Wildlife Viewing


From Susanville:

Travel 38 miles on U. S. Highway 395 south. Turn East (left) on Laver Crossing road (0 .8 miles north of Doyle) and travel 1.4 miles to Hackstaff Road. Turn south (right) and travel approximately 1.2 mile to Fort Sage Road. Turn east (left) travel 1.1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV Area. Turn east (right) and travel about 1 mile to the Diamondback trailhead, the Fort Sage trailhead is .05 miles up the road.

From Reno:

Travel 45 miles on U. S. Highway 395 north from the intersection of U. S. HWY 395 and U. S. I-80. Turn North (right) on Doyle Loop Road and travel1/2 mile to Hackstaff Road. Turn east (right) and travel 2.1 miles to Fort Sage Road. Turn East (right) and travel 1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV area. Turn east (right) and travel about 1 mile to the Diamondback trailhead, the Fort Sage trailhead is .05 miles up the road

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