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Dry Valley OHV Area

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Other Names

Mission Wells, Turn of the Road, Mission Peak, Pipe Springs Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This large remote area is located about an hour north of Reno and has miles of high desert trails that consist mostly of dry, rocky and rugged terrain and sandy washes. Most of the vegetation is sagebrush and scrub brush so come prepared with your own shade and water.

Recent improvements include trail signage, kiosks and loading ramps and there are plans to add picnic tables, fire rings, graveled parking and restrooms. The riding area is still very remote, about 20 miles from the nearest services in the town of Sutcliffe at the Pyramid Lake Marina. Sutcliffe has a general store, gas station, restaurant and bar, RV campground and boat launch services.

In past years the trails have not seen a tremendous amount of use, probably due to nearby alternatives such as Moon Rocks and Fort Sage OHV Area, but this may change as the areas north of Reno continue to develop. The annual MRANN Diamond Back Hare Scrambles are sometimes hosted on and around these trails in the springtime. Detailed Trail Map

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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 & SXSSome Areaspermitted on designated dirt roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated dirt roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on designated dirt roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size46,813 acres (73 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4400 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly 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 mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
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 some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
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

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (E)Crosby's Lodge (775) 476-0400
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (E)Crosby's Lodge (775) 476-0400
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (E)Pyramid Lake Marina Campground (775) 476-1156
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (E)Pyramid Lake Marina Campground (775) 476-1156
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (E)Pyramid Lake Marina Campground (775) 476-1156
Primitive Camping Campground20-30 Miles (E)Pyramid Lake Marina Campground (775) 476-1156
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (E)Crosby's Lodge (775) 476-0400

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityFlanigan, NV
AddressSurprise Valley Road, Reno, NV 89510
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Reno, NV
1) Take SR-445/Pyramid Hwy north about 57 miles **Road turns to dirt at around 40 miles**
2) Cross over railroad tracks and take the first dirt road to the left
3) Continue about 1 miles toward staging area.

For the Turn of the Road Staging Area:
4) From SR-445 turn left (west) onto High Rock Road, continue about 9 miles
5) Staging area is on the right.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Eagle Lake Field Office
2950 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-0456
blm_ca_web_el@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Dry Valley Trail Photo

Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Vast open spaces with mountain views are plenty, but there are no trees and no shade.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

The trails are usually pretty dry and dusty with sections of sharp rocks and sand. Some are singletrack.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

Scenery at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

This is one of the great views to be had. You can see Pyramid Lake in the backdrop from this hilltop trail.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

This steep downhill with sharp and loose rocks is one of the more challenging parts.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Eating up some singletrack on the hilltop.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

A single track route that was used in a hare scramble.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

Some terrain at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Sharp rock sections like this are typical and although it makes the sand worse, keeping the tire pressures high really helps to avoid flats.

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Dry Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

Dry Valley Trail Photo

Scenic view at Dry Valley OHV Area Trail

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