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Sand Mountain

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Other Names

Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Sand Spring, Sand Mountain OHV Area, Singing Mountain

Last Known StatusOpen

This is one of the most popular riding destinations in Nevada featuring one main dune (about 600 feet), and a number of smaller dunes. There are also a handful of marked side trails but the overall area is fairly small.

Whip flags are mandatory and there are two types of passes that can be purchased; the weekly pass is good for 7 days, and the annual pass which is good for one year. All visitors are required to pay at least a use fee, regardless if they bring an OHV or not. Note, that the last time we checked, daily passes were not available, so you may have to pay for all 7 days to ride just one, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays are free so if you can hit this place mid week it is a bargain.

There are no other services except for the vault toilets and summer weekends are crowded (5,000 ATVs - one main dune). Quiet hours are from 12am - 6am and alcoholic beverages, firearms and glass containers are prohibited.

If you like dunes keep in mind that there are three other sand dune areas in remote areas of Nevada (Tonopah Dunes, Amargosa Dunes, and Winnemucca Sand Dunes) some of which are larger, free, and every bit as fun.

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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 FlagsYes (96 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
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
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingNoQuiet hours 12am - 6am
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule EnforcementStrictDedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station


Approx Size4,795 acres (7 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail23
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3900 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis OHV area has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis OHV area has many hazards.Many(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Rider traffic, razorbacks, steep hillclimbs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (NW)Fox Peak Station (775) 423-5655
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (NW)Fox Peak Station (775) 423-5655
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (NW)Churchill County Fairgrounds (775) 423-7733
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NW)Churchill County Fairgrounds (775) 423-7733
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Churchill County Fairgrounds (775) 423-7733
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteprimitive camping
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (NW)Fox Peak Station (775) 423-5655


EntryYes ($40.00 per vehicle)
RidingYes ($40.00 per OHV)
weekly pass is valid for 7 days
CommentWeekly pass is $40.00 per OHV and is valid for 7 days. Annual pass is $90.00 and is good for 1 year ending in the month of purchase. Tuesday and Wednesdays are free days. Daily use passes are not available.


Prosplenty of sand dunes, Tuesdays & Wednesdays are free days
Consentry fees are steep, no services, very popular during the summer & three day weekends
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityFallon, NV
AddressSand Mountain Road, Fallon, NV 89406
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Fallon, NV
1) Take Hwy 50 east about 25 miles
2) Turn left (north) on a dirt access road (Note: Sand Mountain can be clearly seen from the highway)
3) Continue about 2 miles toward Sand Mountain.


Contact InfoBLM - Stillwater Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000


Sand Mountain OHV Area Photo

Sand Mountain OHV Area

Photo Submitted 1/28/2013 (Thanks!)

Sand Mountain OHV Area Photo

OHV at Sand Mountain OHV Area

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Sand Mountain OHV Area Photo

OHV at Sand Mountain OHV Area

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Sand Mountain OHV Area Photo

Scenery from Sand Mountain OHV Area

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