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Stoddard Valley OHV Area

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Other Names

Stoddard Valley Motorized Trail, Stoddard Peak, Turtle Valley, Hodge Road, Lucerne Valley Cut-off, Barstow Resource Area, Stoddard Valley OHV Recreation Area, Stoddard Wells, Mojave Desert, Slash X

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Mojave Desert offers 53,000 acres of public land that is used periodically for races and scrambles that run between Barstow and Victorville. This area features terrain that consists of dry and hard packed ATV trails, sandy washes, rugged and rocky hill climbs and dry flat valleys. Vegetation is sparse and consists of creosote scrub brush and the occasional Joshua Tree.

There are two main access points into Stoddard Valley. The main entrance located off Exit 169 from I-15 is graveled and offers many areas to stage and set up camp. From here there are several informational kiosks and a vault toilet located near the rock quarry off Hodge Road. The trails here are rated as mostly easy to moderately challenging and is a decent choice for the family that wants to avoid holiday crowds.

The second entrance is located behind the Slash X Ranch Cafe off Barstow Road but features more challenging trails that are suited for the experienced rider. The cafe is also a popular destination and caters to dirt bike, ATV and UTV riders.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 9/1 to 5/31
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restrictionfire season permitting
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholNo RestrictionCA open container laws apply
Rule EnforcementNone
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TERRAIN

Approx Size53,000 acres (83 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2800 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
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 few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Fewone knows - off limits
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
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)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Chevron (760) 253-7106
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Chevron (760) 253-7106
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Shady Oasis Kampground (760) 245-6867
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Shady Oasis Kampground (760) 245-6867
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Shady Oasis Kampground (760) 245-6867
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Sitecamp anywhere - no services
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Chevron (760) 253-7106

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prosopen area, few restrictions, little enforcement, little hassle, easy to access without 4x4
Consdry, hot, dusty, no shade, rocky
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBarstow, CA
AddressHodge Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307
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From: Victorville, CA
1) Take I-15 North to Exit 169
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto Hodge Road, continue about .25 miles.
3) Stage anywhere.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 252-6000
blm_ca_web_ba@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoSlash X Ranch Cafe
28040 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 252-1197
info@slashxoffroad.com
www.slashxoffroad.com

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Plenty of staging and camping opportunities.

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Scenery from Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

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OHV at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

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OHV at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Stoddard Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

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Some terrain at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Stoddard Valley Trail Photo

Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Stoddard Valley Trail Photo

Some terrain at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

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Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Stoddard Valley Trail Photo

Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Stoddard Valley Trail Photo

Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

The trails are mostly rocky, hard packed and dusty.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Stoddard Valley OHV Area Trail

Main entrance.

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