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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Monday, March 29, 2021

Other Names

Shoshone Range OHV Trail System, Red Rock Canyon, Red Rock Spring, Horse Mountain, Wilson Pass, Mill Creek Summit, Goat Canyon, Jacks Canyon, Smith Flat, The Outback, Lander County

Last Known StatusOpen

After years of planning, the BLM officially opened this trail system to the public in 2010. The main staging area has a vault toilet, a kiosk and direct access to designated beginner loops. The parking area is level and graveled but was a little overgrown due to lack of use.

Vegetation is sparse and is mostly sagebrush with the occasional juniper and pinion tree. There is no fee for camping or riding, making this a decent spot to boondock and ride for a couple days (just bring water and shade).

The main entrance road is hard packed with a couple steep but short climbs. The staging area (Red Rock) is located 3.5 miles past the cattle guard, and while there is room for long trailers, the main road has some turns that are narrow and twisty.

Cell phone and internet coverage is weak at Red Rock, but a turnoff/alt staging area is located about two miles in from the highway that has stronger connection through Verizon.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round but use encouraged from July 1 through November 30.
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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areassmall campfires permitted in non-combustible fire ring
Night RidingYesheadlights and taillights required for night riding
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule EnforcementNone
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TERRAIN

Approx Size9,500 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail60
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5000 to 8000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
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 few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has no rider traffic on typical days.None
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (N)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 635-5424
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (N)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 635-5424
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (N)Clark Park (775) 635-9600 or  (775) 635-2280
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (N)Clark Park (775) 635-9600 or  (775) 635-2280
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (N)Clark Park (775) 635-9600 or  (775) 635-2280
Primitive Camping CampgroundBattle Mountain, NVMill Creek Campground (775) 635-4000
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (N)Flying J Travel Plaza (775) 635-5424

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Prosfree, remote, nice desert scenery
Conslong entrance road, no water, weak cell and internet signal
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayHalf Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBattle Mountain, NV
AddressRed Rock Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820
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From: Battle Mountain, NV
1) Take SR-305 south about 25 miles
2) Turn left (east) on Red Rock Canyon Road (look for the only cottonwood tree on the left)
3) Proceed past cattle guard and continue on dirt/gravel road about 4 miles
4) Look for sign on the left for Shoshone OHV Area, turn here.

**Note: The main entrance road is narrow and has a couple steep but short hill climbs - is possible to get a trailer in but 4WD recommended.**

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Battle Mountain District Office
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
(775) 635-4000
blm_nv_bmdowebmail@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoBattle Mountain Chamber of Commerce
625 S. Broad Street
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
(775) 635-8245
battlemtncommerce@gmail.com
www.battlemountainchamber.com

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Shoshone OHV Trail Photo

Shoshone OHV Trail System

This sign is located a few miles in off Red Rock Canyon Road. After this sign veer left at fork to enter the campground.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

This is the entrance to the beginners area, which is a short but twisty loop designed for novice riders.

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Scenic photo of cottonwood tree surrounded by various sagebrush.

This is the only cottonwood tree in the area which is located near the turnoff for Red Rock Canyon Road.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

The campground amenities include vault toilets that appear to be maintained regularly.

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Honda Motorcycle On Trail With Mountain Backdrop

The trail system is open year-round but the best time to visit is during the spring and fall months. Northern Nevada winters tend to be cold and windy.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Some sections have gradual climbs up rolling hills.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

The ATV trails are surrounded by various sage and rabbit brush.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Another view of the campground taken from one of the trails. From here you can see the vault toilet and informational kiosk.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Most of the terrain consists of rolling hills covered with various sage and scrub brush. There are no trees in the campground so bring shade.

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One of the trails leading from the campground. Most of the trails form long loops.

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Another view of the campground taken from the trail.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

This is a view of the campground and staging area taken from a side trail. There is plenty of room to park but there is no shade or water, so bring supplies.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Photo of vault toilet at Shoshone OHV Campground.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Most of the scenery looks like this.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

This is a view of the main entrance road about two miles in from the highway turnoff. The alternate staging area on the right  has some internet coverage, but beyond this point expect little to no coverage.

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BLM signage for Shoshone OHV Trail System.

This is the signage for Shoshone OHV Trail System located on the west side of Hwy 305. From this turnoff it is 3.5 miles to the campground.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

The trails are limited to machines that are 50 inches or less in width.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Most of the trails can be described as hard packed with some loose chunk rock.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Another view of the beginners loop near the campground.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

A view of the rolling hills.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Some of the trails follow the ridgeline of the surrounding hills.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

Since there are no trees to obstruct views, you can see clearly in all directions.

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Shoshone OHV Trail System

This is the informational kiosk which has some trail maps.

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