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Kimball Bottoms OHV Area

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

The Desert, Bismarck Desert, Missouri River

Last Known StatusOpen

This area borders the Missouri River and has over 400 acres of trails, play areas, sand bars plus a couple islands that are accessible when the water level is low. The trails are not marked but most of the terrain is fairly easy to navigate.

The area is also a popular place to fish, boat, swim and camp. There are several primitive sites located alongside the main entrance road just past the boat ramp underneath mature shade trees with nice views of the river.

All vehicle types are welcomed but this place is especially popular with ATVs and Jeeps.

The trails are open year-round but the area is prone to flooding so be sure to contact the Army Corp of Engineers before heading out.

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Nearest CityBismarck, ND
AddressDesert Road, Bismarck, ND 58504
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From: Bismarck, SD
1) Take SR-804/University Drive south about 7.5 miles
2) Turn right (south) on Desert Road, continue about 1.5 miles toward park entrance.


LandArmy Corps of Engineers


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesNorth Dakota Trail Access Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
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
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryPermitted
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.




Contact InfoU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1513 South 12th Street
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-0015
Contact InfoNorth Dakota Parks And Recreation Department
1600 East Century Ave. Suite 3
Bismark, ND 58503
(701) 328-5357
CommentNorth Dakota Trail Permit Info


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Kimball Bottoms OHV Area Trail

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Kimball Bottoms OHV Area Trail

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Kimball Bottoms OHV Area Trail

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Approx Size410 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1620 to 1640 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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 (N)St. Alexius Medical Center (701) 530-7000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Runway Express Mart (701) 223-4207
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Runway Express Mart (701) 223-4207
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Ft. Abraham Lincoln Campground (701) 667-6340
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Ft. Abraham Lincoln Campground (701) 667-6340
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Ft. Abraham Lincoln Campground (701) 667-6340
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Runway Express Mart (701) 223-4207
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteMissouri River
Boating Launch Boat RampOn Site(701) 255-0015
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