The Dirt: Dry Valley



The Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area covers over 73 square miles (46,813 acres) in central Washoe County, about 75 miles north of Reno on U.S. 395. Dispersed camping is allowed, no ADA accessibility. Extensive road networks provide many potential loop trails.

Wildlife and Livestock:

Wild Horses, burros, and cattle can be encountered in the Dry Valley area at any time of year. Please observe all wildlife from a safe distance. Do not feed wildlife, as this habituates wildlife to humans and alters natural behaviors. Remember to close all gates after passing through.

Please do your part to keep Dry Valley open by staying on the designated trails in the area.

Remember to go over, not around, obstacles on designated routes to avoid unnecessarily widening the trail. Trails often run alongside private properties and utilities.

The entire valley is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Please refer to the BLM website and other materials listed below.


To reach the Dry Valley OHV area from Susanville, California:

  • Take State Route 36 South to the stoplight at the junction of U.S. Highway 395 and turn left.
  • Continue on U.S. 395 North about 15 miles to Wendel Road and turn right.
  • Continue about 21 miles to the Nevada state line (the pavement ends and the road becomes High Rock Road). The Turn of the Road trailhead is located directly north of High Rock Road.
    • To access the Mission Wells Trailhead, travel 12 more miles on High Rock Road and turn left onto Sand Pass.
    • Continue on Sand Pass for about half a mile over the train tracks to Dry Valley Road on the left. Follow the signs to the trailhead.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: BLM

BLM Field Office - Eagle Lake
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130

Telephone: 530-257-0456

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

Land Manager

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