Stoddard Valley Ohv Area

Bureau of Land Management, California.


Stoddard Valley OHV Area Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Stoddard Valley OHV Recreation Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. It is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes.

Most area visitors ride motorcycles or ATV/UTVs, or tour the area in four-wheel drive vehicles.

Stoddard Valley OHV Area The eastern portions of the area and the Stoddard Mountains are considered the most challenging places in the park to ride. The broad expanse of the central valley and southern portions are for the novice and are used to improve skill of the rider. There are areas to the west of the Slash X entrance that become a challenge for the intermediate rider. This 53,000 acre open riding area will offer a challenge to every degree of expertise and type of vehicle from the motocross racers to the beginning Quad rider. Four wheel drive clubs offer events in this area because it has diverse landscape and a riding experience for everyone.

This area is used extensively for competition racing event by permit. There are many occasions for hiking, rock scrambling, rock hounding, plant viewing, bird and wildlife watching.

Know Before You Go

Off-Highway Vehicle Use

The following partial list of regulations and tips should help OHV users and other recreationists appreciate and enjoy the use of these public lands.

Stoddard Valley OHV Area


Camping is allowed anywhere with in the riding area that does not block travel on a road, but is limited to a maximum of a 14 day stay. Enjoy your stay!

Nearby Activities


The triangular-shaped riding area is formed by Interstate 15 and California Highway 247 (Barstow Road), immediately south of Barstow. Most visitors access the area to the east, off Interstate 15 at the Outlet Center Drive Exit (Sidewinder Road) or at the Hodge Road Exit, to the south on I-15. From Barstow, take California Highway 247 (Barstow Road Exit from I-15) and go south 10 miles, turn either on Stoddard Wells Road or on to the access road behind the Slash-X Cafe. All entrances are dirt roads.

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