The Dirt: Churchill County



Named after Fort Churchill, which now happens to be in present-day Lyon County, this county offers some great areas for OHV recreation. Fallon is the major city in the county and can be a good starting point for adventures through the county.

Check out Off-Road Nevada's postings for these OHV trails and networks within Churchill County:

Fallon Area OHV Trails

Cold Springs Station
Cold Springs Station is a historic Pony Express Station and Resort that sits at the base of the Desatoya Mountains, along US Highway 50, The Loneliest Road in America. It is approximately 45 miles east of Fallon.

Middlegate Station
Middlegate Station is a great staging location for OHV riders to access the trails in the Dixie Valley area. Middlegate is located on US Highway 50, The Loneliest Highway, and is approximately 45 miles east of Fallon.

Sand Mountain Recreation Area
Sand Mountain Recreation Area is a 4,795 acre designated OHV Fee site. The dunes are approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile wide. The approximately 600-foot high sand dune is the largest in Nevada and provides an ever-changing landscape for off-road motorists of all-types.


US-50 and I-80 are the major routes that travel through Churchill County. Most OHV areas can be found off of one of these routes. More detailed directions and staging options can be found within specific OHV area postings within Churchill County!

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management - Stillwater Field Office

5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Email: jvialpando@blm.gov

Phone: 775-885-6000

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.

  • 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