This riding area is in high desert with large rock outcrops and sparse vegetation besides sagebrush. The area is actively grazed by livestock. A large mountain with a canyon (Raspberry Canyon) bisects the Northern and Southern loops. Trails climb up into some Juniper and Pinyon pine woodlands.
Trails are suitable for UTV use. These are mostly narrow two-track trails along Northern loop and wider trails in southern loop. There are some active mining operations to the south but a through road is open to public use. Visitors may encounter some steep climbs and descents, as well as multiple sharp/blind curves that may result in rolling. Run time for both loops is approx. 4 hrs.
There are a few options for staging in this area. There is a large turn around to southern side of the Cosgrave Rest Area, Exit 158 along I-80. Staging at the actual Cosgrave Rest Area is not encouraged. You may only park your vehicle there for a max of 18 hours and your rig may cause congestion at the rest area. However, please feel free to use the facilities before and after recreating. Cellphone service is available at Cosgrave Rest Area. Staging is also available at Dun Glen exit, #151, on the East side of the freeway. Both staging areas are a short drive south of Winnemucca. Free camping, chamber toilets, and additional OHV recreation is available at Water Canyon BLM Recreation Area. Backcountry camping on surrounding BLM is also available.
- Dun Glen, Exit #151, 28 miles Southwest of Winnemucca, on Interstate 80.
Rules of the Road
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management
BLM Field Office – Humboldt
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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. Active mining operations in the area - use caution. Northern Loop requires some expert skill due to multiple blind curves.
- 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
- Leave gates as you find them - open or closed
- Respect private property
- Be Considerate of Other Trail Users