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Pine Forest Recreation Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Pine Forest Recreation Management Area, Onion Valley Reservoir, Blue Lake, Knott Creek Reservoir, Alder Creek, Hollywood Meadow, Bare Pass, Chicken Creek Meadow, Corral Meadow, Duffer Peak, Hidden Meadow, Leonard Creek Basin, Wood Canyon, Pine Forest Range, Boyd Basin Spring, Oakley Canyon, Quacking Aspen Spring, Fisher Peak, Mahogany Mountain, Alta Creek Basin, Mosquito Spring, Antelope Spring, Hillside Spring, Diamond Spring, Bishop Peak, New York Peak, Sentinel Peak

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of northern Nevada offers rugged terrain, panoramic mountain views plus camping, hiking trails and excellent fishing. Motorized use is permitted on existing roads but visitors should note that there are no designated ATV trails.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the area but Onion Valley Reservoir offers a semi-primitive campground with six sites, each with a picnic table, fire pit plus two vault toilets. There is no charge for camping but sites are first come, first serve.

4WD and high clearance vehicles are recommended for this trip since the main entrance road is narrow and rocky. The area is remote and usually only accessible during the summer since winter brings heavy snowfall and ice accumulations. For current road conditions contact the Winnemucca District Office.

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Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesNevada registration is not required if the vehicle is already registered in another state and will be located in Nevada for no more than 15 days.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityDenio, NV
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Winnemucca, NV
1) Take US-95 North about 30 miles
2) Turn left (west) on SR-140, continue about 40 miles
3) Look for a sign on the left for Onion Valley Reservoir, turn left on this road (sign is located about 300 yards south of the highway maintenance station)
4) Follow the gravel road for about 17 miles toward Onion Reservoir.*

*Note: This trip is not recommended for RVs or long trailers. 4WD and high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.


Contact InfoBLM - Winnemucca Field Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd
Winnemucca, NV 89445
(775) 623-1500



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Approx Size160,000 acres (250 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4100 to 9000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.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 little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (S)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 623-0111
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (S)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 623-0111
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (SE)Winnemucca RV Park (775) 623-4458
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SE)Winnemucca RV Park (775) 623-4458
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SE)Winnemucca RV Park (775) 623-4458
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteOnion Valley Reservoir Campground (775) 623-1500
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (S)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 623-0111
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