The Dirt: Battle Mountain - Copper Basin



Battle Mountain is located right off I-80 between Winnemucca and Elko. This retro town in Nevada’s “Cowboy Corridor” offers plenty of activities, including thousands of acres in BLM lands for OHVs to explore. The World Human Powered Speed Challenge is hosted in Battle Mountain - an exciting event where bikers from around the world gather in attempt to break the human-powered and speed record. There is also a rich cultural history in the region. Artifacts have been found from the earliest settlers, the Northern Paiute and Shoshone peoples. They were followed by fur trappers and miners, who initially found some copper deposits around the 1860s leading to mining and railroad operations that area still active today!

Copper Basin is a popular mountain bike area for visitors, which is to the west of Nevada -305. The Battle Mountain OHV trails surrounding Copper Basin are a popular spot to ride through sagebrush, canyons, and crawl up some steep climbs to enjoy the beautiful vistas of the backcountry. The trails are mostly a dirt surface, but there are areas that contain more technical, rocky climbs. This OHV area gives access to Antler Peak, Long Peak and North Peak. Be sure to check out the reservoirs on the south end of the Copper Basin!

The Copper Basin is also close to the, Shoshone OHV area which could be another fun stop while in Battle Mountain area. 

There are plenty of campsites in the area. Near the reservoirs on the South end of Battle Mountain there are camp areas and vault toilets. The Mill Creek Recreation Area is a popular camping location. It is located near the Shoshone OHV area next to Mill Creek, and offers plenty of campsites and restroom facilities for visitors.


I-80 runs through Battle Mountain, NV. From there:

  • Take Nevada-305 South
  • Follow NV-305 South for about 3.5 miles
  • Parking and staging area will be west of NV-305

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

BLM Field Office - Mount Lewis
50 Bastian Road
Battle Mountain, NV 89820

(775) 635-4000

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the BLM OHV 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.

While there are a number of user created play areas and OHV trails, it is best practice to follow leave no trace and tread lightly principles. Users are encouraged to stay on existing roads and trails. Plenty exist in this area! Always ride within your limits and be courteous to other trail users. 

  • 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

Plan Your Visit