RiderPlanet USA Motorcycle And ATV Trails
HomeFind ATV TrailsATV and Dirt Bike ArticlesCalendar of ATV and Motorcycle EventsSupport CenterParts and Gear For Your Dirt Bike or ATV
Help Scroll down for trail contact information and regulations. Select a photo to enlarge.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Shadow Mountains, Mojave Desert, Crows Nest, Resurrection Hill, Twin Hills Road, Rabbit Hole Mine

Last Known StatusOpen

This large and open area is located in the Mojave Desert and consists of a dry lakebed and miles of surrounding sand washes, desert trails and scattered play areas to explore.

There is no shade and it can be quite windy making the trails and lakebed very dusty. The area is open year round but the lakebed may be off limits during wet weather.

During weekends this place can be packed with visitors (dry lake racing) but it gets very little use during the week. Beginning October 1, 2008 El Mirage Cooperative Management Area became a fee-based area.

Daily passes start at $15.00, but weekly and annual passes are also available and offer significant savings. On site kiosk machines accept credit cards and cash (exact change only).

Trail Map... Directions... Nearby Trails...







LOCATION

Nearest CityAdelanto, CA
Go Back To California List
Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Adelanto, CA
1) Take US-395 to Chamberlin Ave.
2) Turn west on Chamberlin Avenue, continue 2.2 miles
3) Turn right (north) on Koala Avenue, continue 1 mile
4) Turn left (west) on El Mirage Road, continue 5 miles
5) Turn right (north) on Mountain View Road, continue 1.5 miles
6) Turn left (west) on Bella Vista Drive, continue .3 miles.
7) Stage anywhere.

Alt Staging Directions:
8) Continue past Bella Vista Drive about .5 miles
9) Continue past stop sign about .5 miles (paved road will turn to dirt)
10) Stage anywhere.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, dry lake bed
LandBLM

QUALITY

Prosfree, can camp anywhere, miles of trails to explore, descent desert scenery
Consno shade, windy, dusty, very busy during weekends
RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Fall/Winter

TERRAIN

Square Miles38
Miles Of Trail40
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2800 to 3800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has almost all rider traffic on typical days.All
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
heavy rider traffic during weekends, deep ditches, debris
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryPermitted
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryYes ($15.00)
($30 Weekly / $90 Annual)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
CommentThis area was free, but starting Wednesday, October 1, 2008 El Mirage Cooperative Management Area has become a fee area.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SE)Victor Valley Community Hospital (760) 245-8691
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-4222
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto RV Park (760) 246-7775
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto RV Park (760) 246-7775
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)KOA-Victorville (760) 245-6867
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SE)Silverwood Lake SRA (760) 389-2281
Body of Water Water Body20-30 Miles (SE)Mojave Narrows Regional Park (760) 245-2226
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Silverwood Lake SRA (760) 389-2281

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 388-4411
www.blm.gov
CommentExtension 1
Contact InfoFriends of El Mirage
75 Colusa Road
El Mirage, CA 92301
www.elmirage.org

COMMENTS

Moto2Go Banner

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

This is a good example of the terrain surrounding the lake bed.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV catching some air at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

As you see in the background, the area does fill up on weekends and hosts many special events, such as the land speed trials.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

There are various small play areas scattered throughout the area surrounding the dry lake bed.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

Most of the trails immediately surrounding the dry lake bed look like this; Great for beginners.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

You can see the dry lake bed in the background here.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

Many people camp and stage on the lake bed itself.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

On the lake bed there are ATVs, motorcycles, and passenger cars all going in random directions.  You really have to be alert.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

Another staging area easily accessible from the main road.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

This huge berm is part of one of the many play areas and make-shift tracks in the area surrounding the dry lake bed.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

There are also many trails in the hills surrounding the area. These trails get tougher and offer the most interesting terrain.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

A view of the lake bed from one of the many staging areas.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery from El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

The lake bed is vast and mostly smooth.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenic view of El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery from El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

Here is an example of one of the staging areas. Amenities include sun shades and vault toilets.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV getting air at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

There are countless little jumps in the area around and on some parts of the lake bed.

El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area Trail

This is the main entrance road.  Turn left here to go to the lake bed.  Continue straight to find multiple staging areas.

© 2005-2015 RiderPlanet LLC. All Rights Reserved. Home  |   ATV Trails  |   Articles  |   Calendar  |   Support Center  |   Motorcycle Parts & Gear