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Onyx Ranch SVRA

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA, Kelso Cabin

Last Known StatusOpen

Originally a patchwork of private and BLM land, the private parcels were purchased by California State Parks in 2014, converted to public land and renamed Onyx Ranch SVRA. The area is still a checkerboard but of state and BLM land. Onyx Ranch is bordered by Jawbone Canyon to the south, Dove Springs to the north and the Sequoia National Forest to the west.

The terrain is a mix of rolling hills, sandy washes and hardpacked trails. There is no shade or water so come prepared. The Jawbone Canyon Store is about a mile south pass the turnoff for Jawbone Canyon Road and Hwy 14 which carries camping supplies, groceries, firewood, propane plus some basic dirt bike and ATV parts. ATV rentals are located adjacent to the store.

This newest addition helps takes the guesswork out of figuring if you're on private land or not. Primitive camping is permitted but there are no developed campgrounds or designated staging areas at this time, but this may change.

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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, 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 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)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Cycle EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size26,000 acres (41 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2200 to 6400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
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 state recreation area has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis state recreation area has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis state recreation area has some roads.Some
ShadeThis state recreation area has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Recreation

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline GasolineCantil, CA
Diesel DieselCantil, CA
Potable Water WaterCantil, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupCantil, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalCantil, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundCantil, CA
Convenience Store Conv StoreCantil, CA

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityCantil, CA
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From: Los Angeles, CA
1) Take Hwy 14 north about 70 miles to Cantil
2) Turn left (west) onto Jawbone Canyon Road, continue a couple miles. Trails are located on the north side of road.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoHungry Valley SVRA
P.O. Box 1360
Lebec, CA 93243
(661) 248-7007
(661) 248-7013
ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov
ohv.parks.ca.gov
Contact InfoFriends of Jawbone Canyon
P.O. Box 1902
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-1146
webmaster@jawbone.org
www.jawbone.org
Contact InfoJawbone Canyon Store
32629 Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-2773
(866) 346-6274
info@jawbonecanyonstore.com
www.jawbonecanyonstore.com
Contact InfoFun Time ATV Rentals
63249 Hwy 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(323) 707-3478
mark@funtimeatv.com
funtimeatv.com

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail Photo

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail

Photo Submitted 6/23/2019 (Thanks!)

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail Photo

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail

Photo Submitted 6/23/2019 (Thanks!)

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail Photo

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail

Photo Submitted 6/23/2019 (Thanks!)

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail Photo

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail

Photo Submitted 6/23/2019 (Thanks!)

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail Photo

Onyx Ranch SVRA Trail

Photo Submitted 6/23/2019 (Thanks!)

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