Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Bureau of Land Management, Nevada.

The Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in Washoe County, Nevada. The area is located east of Wendel, California and west of Reno, Nevada off of Sand Pass Road and High Rock Road. The roads and trails traverse a wide variety of terrain including flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country to steep lava rock canyons. Most trails are difficult motorcycle trails.

Vehicle use is limited to designated routes. The designated roads and trails are signed as motorcycle, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and 4WD use depending on width and terrain.

There are two developed trailheads; the Turn of the Road Trailhead is a small graveled parking area with visitor information, picnic tables, bbq's and loading Ramps. The Mission Wells trailhead has a maintained graveled entrance road and support facilities including a restroom, picnic tables, fire rings, bbq's and visitor information.

In addition to OHV use, Dry Valley is utilized by hikers, horseback riders, hunters and wildlife photographers. Visitors enjoy the beautiful vistas and canyons and good opportunities for viewing wildlife, wild horses and burros.

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Operation and maintenance of the OHV area is provided by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office and a partnership with the Great Basing Institute (GBI) through funds provided, in part, by the State of Nevada Recreation Trails Program (RTP).

For more riding and camping opportunities check out the Rice Canyon and Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Areas managed by the BLM Eagle Lake and the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area managed by the BLM Redding Field Office.

Fort Sage OHV Area

Rice Canyon OHV Area

Chappie-Shasta OHV Area

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To reach the Dry Valley OHV area from Susanville, California take State Route 36 south to the stoplight at the junction of U.S. Highway 395, turn left and continue on U.S. 395 North about 15 miles to Wendel Road and turn right. Continue about 21 miles to the Nevada state line (the pavement ends and the road becomes High Rock Road). The Turn of the Road trailhead is located directly north of High Rock Road. To access the Mission Wells Trailhead, travel 12 more miles on High Rock Road and turn left onto Sand Pass, continue about .05 miles over the train tracks to Dry Valley Road on the left. Follow the signs to the trailhead.

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