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Where To Ride Near San Francisco

Offroad Destinations For San Francisco, California

RP Staff (November 2019)

Finding a place to ride an ATV or dirt bike near San Francisco is more challenging than finding an apartment for less than $5k/month (just kidding, but you get the idea!). Scenic view of Golden Gate Bridge with sailboats in the water.The good news is if you are willing to plan a little and drive a couple hours, there is still some good offroad riding and camping to be found near "The City".

Camping with Trails


ATV trails on rolling hillside at Carnegie SVRA.

Carnegie is the closest public riding area and is about 1.5 hours east. This large park is open daily, year-round and has a good variety of trails, multiple motocross tracks, steep hill climbs and some nice campsites.

Rider on Honda CRF150 on wooded offroad trail at South Cow Mountain.

South Cow Mountain is about 2 hours north and is perfect for those looking for rough and rugged trails with a variety of elevation changes.

Group of riders on Honda dirt bikes at Hollister Hills SVRA.

Hollister Hills is about 2 hours southeast and features trails for all skill levels and vehicle types, plus there is a ton of campsites to choose from. The park is open daily, year-round, making it very attractive to offroaders in the Bay Area.

Single track trail overlooking Frank Raines Campground from top of hill.

Frank Raines OHV Park is about 2 hours east. The property features wide and rugged 4x4 trails but is popular with all offroad vehicles. The trails do close for fire season around late June through October but the campground is open year-round.

Rider on Honda CRF250 popping a wheelie on ATV trail at San Luis Reservoir.

San Luis Reservoir is about 2 hours southeast. This small area is only 150 acres but doesn't get a lot of visitors. The terrain is mostly flat, but is a good place to bring the kids to get some riding lessons in. The trails are open for day use only, but camping is a short distance away.

Rider on Suzuki RM100 going up trail with campground in the background.

Knoxville is only 2.5 hours north but offers 24,000 acres of public land to ride on. Some neat camping spots overlooking a shallow creek can be found at the southern entrance.

Rider on Suzuki RM150 crossing shallow creek at Foresthill OHV.

Foresthill is just 2.5 hours east, plus its an easy drive off I-80. One of the cooler riding choices, this area is tucked away in the Tahoe National Forest. Lots of free primitive camping choices in the forest or you can splurge on a campsite with direct trail access and a lake shore view at Morning Star Lake Campground.

Rider on Kawasaki dirt bike popping a wheelie while going through a shallow stream crossing at Stonyford.

Stonyford is about 3 hours north and for decades was one of the choice destinations for dirt bike riders. Unfortunately this area is still recovering from the 2018 Mendocino Fire Complex, which means as of August 2019 only a handful of trails and a few campgrounds are open.

Rider on Suzuki 250 dirt bike coming down black diamond trail at Penny Pines.

Penny Pines is also about 3 hours north. Just like Stonyford, Penny Pines is still recovering from the 2018 River and Ranch Fires. Most of the trails and campground areas are closed as of August 2019 but with help from the Forest Service, volunteer groups and a little luck, Penny Pines should bounce back. When it was open, this area had 135 miles of black diamond trails, which catered to the experienced rider.

Just an hour north of San Francisco is the Marin County Motorcycle Club. Membership is required, which means you have to be put on a wait list before being rewarded access to 1,200 acres of private trails, natural terrain motocross tracks and primitive camping.

Day Use Motocross Tracks


Honda CRF150 on single track trail at Santa Clara County Park.

Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park is just an hour south in San Jose. The park is open year-round Thursday through Sunday and features miles of trails, motocross tracks plus an obstacle course.

Motocross rider catching some big air at Club Moto.

Club Moto is about an hour east and features a main track that is lighted for night practice and a separate peewee track for beginners. Occasional motocross races are hosted and both private and group riding lessons are offered. Call for details.

Group of motocross racers on old school track at Diablo MX.

Diablo MX is about an hour north-east and offers an amazing old school motocross track built into a hillside with 300' elevation changes. The park also features a separate peewee track and plenty of room for parking.

Dirt bike iders going up table top on motocross track at Argyll MX.

Argyll MX has been around since the early 70's and offers a main and a separate peewee track. Weekly practice and occasional motocross races are hosted throughout the season. Check hotline for current practice schedule.

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