The Dirt: Austin-Toiyabe Trail System



The OHV trail system in the Austin and Toiyabe Range area centers around the historic City of Austin. This trail system is generally multi-use and caters to OHV, equestrian, mountain bike, and pedestrian activities, so riders should be prepared to meet a variety of trail users on their ride. The trail system takes riders through a variety of terrain, and generally follow existing two-track roads. Most trails in the area are suitable for a full size, 4-wheel drive vehicle. Expect OHV users to encounter exposed rocky trails, stream crossings, and significant elevation change.

Trails climb from basin sagebrush through aspen groves and into high elevation environments. Heading south towards Big Creek Campground, users will find numerous streams popular for trout fishing. Historic mining activity is also evident in the area, and the Stokes Castle just south of Austin is a popular stop. The entire Toiyabe Range has vistas and attractions for all types of recreation, but it is remote. Go prepared, and stage out of many available USFS Campgrounds listed below.

During winter and early spring months, OSV activities are permitted within certain areas. Please see our links below for more information.

For a longer day-trip, travel up over the mountains and into the adjacent valley to the East. This route takes you through the community of Kingston and provides options to explore Toquima Cave and Spencer Hot Springs are available. During the wet season, the road to both attractions is graded dirt and turns to slick mud when wet.


From Austin, Nevada:

  • Staging areas can be found along U.S. Highway 50 in the mountains South of Austin.
  • Additional staging areas can be found in Bob Scott Campground, 6 miles East of Austin. 
  • Additional staging areas can also be found at Big Creek Campground, further South.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: U.S. Forest Service - Austin Ranger District

Austin Office
100 Midas Canyon Rd.
Austin, NV 89310

Telephone: 775-964-2671

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For general OHV information and regulations, visit the USFS Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.

Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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