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Sand Mountain

Friday, October 17, 2014
Alt Names Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Sand Spring, Sand Mountain Ohv Area, Singing Mountain
Last Known Status Open

This is one of the most popular riding destinations in Nevada featuring one main dune (about 600 feet), and a number of smaller dunes. There are also a handful of marked side trails but the overall area is fairly small.

Whip flags are mandatory and there are two types of passes that can be purchased; the weekly pass which runs about $40.00 per OHV and is good for 7 days, and the annual pass which is about $90.00. All visitors are required to pay at least a use fee, regardless if they bring an OHV or not and there is an on-site fee station which will accept cash (exact change only) or check. Note, that the last time we checked, daily passes were not available, so you may have to pay for all 7 days to ride just one, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays are free so if you can hit this place mid week it is a bargain.

There are no other services except for the vault toilets and summer weekends are crowded (5,000 ATVs - one main dune). Quiet hours are from 12am - 6am and alcoholic beverages, firearms and glass containers are prohibited. If you like dunes keep in mind that there are three other sand dune areas in remote areas of Nevada (Tonopah Dunes, Amargosa Dunes, and Winnemucca Sand Dunes) some of which are larger, free, and every bit as fun.

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Nearest City Fallon, NV
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From: Fallon, NV
1) Take Hwy 50 east about 25 miles
2) Turn left (north) on a dirt access road (Note: Sand Mountain can be clearly seen from the highway)
3) Continue about 2 miles toward Sand Mountain.
Area Trail, Dunes
Land BLM
Pros plenty of sand dunes, Tuesdays & Wednesdays are free days
Cons entry fees are steep, no services, very popular during the summer & three day weekends
Rating Rating    Fair    
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 7
Miles Of Trail 5
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 3900 to 4500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard Pack The OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This OHV area has almost all sandy areas.All paddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
Mud The OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The OHV area has no dust on typical days.None
Rocks This OHV area has little rocks.Little
Trees The OHV area has no trees.None
Steep Hills This OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large Jumps This OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Berms The OHV area 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 no roads.None
Intersections This OHV area has almost all intersections.All
Rider Traffic The BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
Shade This BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This OHV area has many hazards.Many (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Rider traffic, razorbacks, steep hillclimbs
Easy Terrain Novice This OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
Permit Required Yes NVOHV sticker required
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Yes (96 inches) Safety Flags Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Some Areas
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Some Areas
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Some Areas
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Some Areas
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas
Night Riding No Quiet hours 12am - 6am
Cross Country Some Areas
Alcohol Prohibited
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Strict Dedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station
Insurance *Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($40.00 per vehicle)
Riding Yes ($40.00 per OHV)
Weekly pass is valid for 7 days
Camping No ($0.00)
Comment Weekly pass is $40.00 per OHV and is valid for 7 days
Annual pass is $90.00 and is valid 10/1 - 9/30 regardless of date purchased
Tuesday & Wednesdays are free days
Daily use passes are not available
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NW) Churchill Community Hospital (775) 423-3151
Gasoline Gasoline 30+ Miles (NW) Fallon
Diesel Diesel 30+ Miles (NW) Fallon
Potable Water Water 30+ Miles (NW) Fallon
RV Hookups RV Hookup 30+ Miles (NW) Bonanza Inn & RV Park (775) 423-6031
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 30+ Miles (NW) Churchill County Fairgrounds (775) 423-7733
Primitive Camping Campground On Site primitive camping
Convenience Store Conv Store 30+ Miles (NW) Fallon
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (SW) Walker Lake
Body of Water Water Body 30+ Miles (W) Carson Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (SW) Walker Lake
Contact Info BLM - Stillwater Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
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