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Keystone Canyon

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Alt Names

Highland Ditch, Bull Ranch Creek, Toiyabe National Forest, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Peavine Peak, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

Still legal, last time we checked, but fading fast. There are two trailheads here. The east (first one you encounter) is for non-motorized use only. The west trailhead is for off highway vehicles. The area is being developed fast, but the best trails are actually quite a distance in the National Forest.

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Nearest CityReno, NV
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 to exit 10
2) Turn north off the exit ramp onto N. McCarran Blvd., continue 2.2 miles
3) Turn left on Victory Lane, continue about .25 miles
4) Turn left at the T-intersection onto Leadership Pkwy., continue about 1 mile
5) Turn right at the roundabout (you will see a sign to keep right)
6) Halfway into the roundabout turn right again (you will see a brown forest service sign)
7) Turn right at the brown forest service sign, continue to the West Keystone Trailhead.


LandNational Forest


Prosfree, alternate access point to peavine mountain and bull ranch creek
Consonly one staging area, other parking areas are for non-motorized use only, nothing too interesting in the immediate area
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayHalf Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size3,200 acres (5 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail3
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4900 to 5800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
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
CommentThe main area in the vicinity of the staging lot is mosty rocky fire roads with some dusty ATV side trails. If you continue far enough west, however, you will reach the Peavine / Bull Ranch Creek area, with more trees and various woods single track trails.


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 MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
AlcoholNo Restriction
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.




First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (SE)Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (775) 770-3000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Wolf Fastop Food Mart (775) 327-4110
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Wolf Fastop Food Mart (775) 327-4110
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Keystone RV Park (775) 324-5000 or (800) 686-8559
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Keystone RV Park (775) 324-5000 or (800) 686-8559
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Keystone RV Park (775) 324-5000 or (800) 686-8559
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (W)Reno KOA at Boomtown (775) 345-2444
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Wolf Fastop Food Mart (775) 327-4110
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (E)Sparks Marina Park Beach (775) 691-9130
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Truckee River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (SW)Boca Reservoir Boat Ramp (530) 587-3558


Contact InfoHumboldt - Toiyabe National Forest - Supervisor's Office
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444


Keystone Canyon Trail Photo

Keystone Canyon Trail

Fortunately most of the riding is way up over this hill a few miles in.  That will most likely stay.

Keystone Canyon Trail Photo

A trail at Keystone Canyon Trail

The trail gets off to a simple start, but there area a lot of great trails once you get over the first few hills.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

Keep going straight and be sure you reach the WEST Keystone Trailhead.  (Note the MC symbol on bottom of the sign.)

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

This is the entrance to the non-motorized area.

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Amenities example at Keystone Canyon Trail

Yikes! That's not good.  Used to be ours, soon to be theirs.

Keystone Canyon Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

This is the entrance to the WEST trailhead, which is for motorized use.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

Ride up this road to reach the trails.

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Example of terrain at Keystone Canyon Trail

Keystone Canyon Trail Photo

Terrain example at Keystone Canyon Trail

A look back at the staging area - hmm how long is that gonna last?

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Amenities at Keystone Canyon Trail

When the new residents try to tell you that you can't ride here, point to this sign.  It's in the center of at the staging area.

Keystone Canyon Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Keystone Canyon Trail

The staging area is small with no amenities other than the kiosk.

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