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El Mirage Dry Lake OHV Area

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Alt Names Shadow Mountains, Mojave Desert, Crows Nest, Resurrection Hill, Twin Hills Road, Rabbit Hole Mine
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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).

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LOCATION
Nearest City Adelanto, CA
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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
Area Trail, dry lake bed
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros free, can camp anywhere, miles of trails to explore, descent desert scenery
Cons no shade, windy, dusty, very busy during weekends
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Fall/Winter
TERRAIN
Square Miles 38
Miles Of Trail 40
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 2800 to 3800 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has no trees.None
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This BLM land has no single track trails.None
Roads This BLM land has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has almost all intersections.All
Rider Traffic The BLM land has almost all rider traffic on typical days.All
Shade This BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
heavy rider traffic during weekends, deep ditches, debris
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA 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 Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Yes
Cross Country Permitted
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($15.00)
($30 Weekly / $90 Annual)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Comment This area was free, but starting Wednesday, October 1, 2008 El Mirage Cooperative Management Area has become a fee area.
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (SE) Victor Valley Community Hospital (760) 245-8691
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-4222
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto RV Park (760) 246-7775
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto RV Park (760) 246-7775
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (SE) KOA-Victorville (760) 245-6867
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SE) Adelanto/Circle K (760) 246-6997
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (SE) Silverwood Lake SRA (760) 389-2281
Body of Water Water Body 20-30 Miles (SE) Mojave Narrows Regional Park (760) 245-2226
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (SE) Silverwood Lake SRA (760) 389-2281
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 388-4411
www.blm.gov
Comment Extension 1
Contact Info Friends of El Mirage
75 Colusa Road
El Mirage, CA 92301
www.elmirage.org
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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 jumping 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

Some terrain at 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

Scenic view at 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

Scenic view of 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 jumping 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.
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