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Moon Rocks

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Other Names

Moonrocks, Hungry Valley Recreation Area, Spanish Springs, Pyramid Lake, Chickadee Lane/hungry Valley Rec Access, Moon Rocks

Last Known StatusOpen

Moon Rocks is the popular name for the Hungry Valley Recreation Area, a large open area with a variety of roads, trails and makeshift motocross tracks scattered throughout the high desert. Terrain primarily consists of sandy washes, rolling hill climbs and rugged single track that winds through narrow canyons and large boulders.

The area gets its name from the large rock formation that is next to the main staging area, and is a popular play area for all types of vehicles, especially rock crawlers. Other staging areas can be found about a mile further south past the rock formation. There is no fee charged to ride or camp but all off-road vehicles must display a current Nevada OHV Sticker. Visitors should also note that this area gets very busy during regular and three day holiday weekends, so come early to get a good site.

The climate is dry and dusty, and while the trails are open year-round the best time to visit is during the spring and fall months after a light rain. Winter months are cold and summers are dry, windy and hot. Vegetation is sparse except for the occasional juniper tree, so bring shade and water.

Recent amenities have been added which include portable restrooms at Moon Rocks, Middle Flat, Prospect Hill and Big Wash camping areas. A garbage dumpster is available near the main entrance. Additional plans include adding a beginners loops and trail signage. For current updates contact the BLM - Carson City District Office.

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REGULATIONS

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)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restrictionseason permitting
Night RidingYes
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
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TERRAIN

Approx Size20,000 acres (31 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4300 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some50% roads
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Somea lot by Nevada standards, little by CA
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
CommentGood place to bring the family.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails, Play Areas
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)7-11 (775) 425-1711
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)7-11 (775) 425-1711
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (N)Pyramid Lake RV Park (775) 476-1156
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)Pyramid Lake RV Park (775) 476-1156
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Pyramid Lake RV Park (775) 476-1156
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteopen area, camp anywhere
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)7-11 (775) 425-1711

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Prosopen area, open spaces, popular - will see many other riders, large open staging area, some interesting rock formations to play on, large/lots of trails
Consdry & dusty, no water, no services, very little shade
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended StayFull Day
Spring
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityReno, NV
AddressWinnemucca Ranch Road, Reno, NV 89510
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 East to Exit 18
2) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp onto NV-445/Pyramid Way, continue 17.5 miles
3) Turn left (north-west) onto Winnemuca Ranch Road, continue 6.3 miles
4) Turn left (west) onto dirt road, continue about 1 mile toward staging areas (look for large flat dirt parking area and kiosk).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
blm_nv_ccdowebmail@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Moon Rocks Trail Photo

Moon Rocks Trail

These rocks give the area it's name.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Moon Rocks Trail

This sign is posted at the entrance.

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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Moon Rocks Trail

Photo Submitted 3/7/2017 (Thanks!)

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Moon Rocks Trail

View of the main staging area.

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Some terrain at Moon Rocks Trail

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Scenery from Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV floating the front at Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

There are a couple of make-shift motocross tracks, and plenty of open area.

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Some terrain at Moon Rocks Trail

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Terrain example at Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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OHV at Moon Rocks Trail

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A trail at Moon Rocks Trail

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