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Gardnerville Ranchos Gravel Pits

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Alt Names

Tillman, Heritage Ln, Indian Creek Ranch Rd, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

We recently received an e-mail from a local that the area is still being used by riders of all types (4x4, dirt bikes, side by sides, etc). We have also received correspondence from the past that the area is completely off limits and no longer open to offroad use.

Due to this conflicting information, we did a bit of research and came across the 2008 and 2014 Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest MVUM maps which shows there are two designated roads (41676 and 41677) that go around the gravel pit and are open year-round to all vehicle types.

In addition, according to the 2017 Douglas County Land Use Plan, the area surrounding the gravel pit is earmarked for eventual urban development (see pages 55-57).

In summary, some sections are still open but likely not for very long, so ride at your own risk. Other areas that are nearby and better choices for riding include China Springs, Mount Seigel, Old Sheep Ranch and Johnson Lane.

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Nearest CityGardnerville, NV
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Carson City, NV
1) Follow 395 S for approx 15 miles to 88 S
2) Follow 88 S for about 5 miles, turn left on Kimmerling Way
3) Go 2 miles on Kimmerling Way, turn right on Tillman Lane.


AreaTrail, Gravel Pit
LandNational Forest, Private, County Land, mixed


ConsThis place has changed over the years and we've been told that residents say that visitors are not wanted.
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayStay Away
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Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 MotorcyclesSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
HikingSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
HorsebackSome Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law EnforcementStrict
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




Contact Info (District Ranger)
Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest - Carson Ranger District
1536 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-2766
Contact InfoDouglas County Planning Commission
1616 8th Street
Minden, NV 89423
(775) 782-6217


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Approx Size3,200 acres (5 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4900 to 5200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
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 no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has no intersections.None
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.Nonewe'll say there's none if you want us to, but look at the ground
HazardsThis trail has many hazards.Many(hazards not marked)
residents may threaten legal action against you
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


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Carson Valley Medical Center (775) 782-1500
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)7-11 (775) 265-2380
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)7-11 (775) 782-7601
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Gardnerville
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Carson Valley RV Resort/Hotel (800) 321-6983
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Carson Valley RV Resort/Hotel (800) 321-6983
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground (775) 589-4907
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)7-11 (775) 265-2380
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NW)Lake Tahoe
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Mud Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NW)Lakeside Marina (530) 541-6626
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