The Dirt: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest



The OHV trail system in the Austin and Toiyabe Range area covers several mountain ranges stretching North to South. 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 rides. The numerous trails in the area can take riders through a variety of terrain along existing two-track roads. Most trails in the area are suitable for a full size 4wd. 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. The range contains numerous opportunities for primitive camping, fishing and other outdoor recreation. There are a number of historic mining sites and settlements in these mountains. For a particularly interesting experience, Belmont features numerous historical sites that can only be reached by off-road vehicles. Be prepared, and feel free to stage out of the many available USFS Campgrounds listed below.

Rides in the Toiyabe range are varied, and can be extended for any length of visit. During the fall and winter, road conditions can become slick and muddy, and deep snow and ice are possible. Seasonal creeks can erupt into flash floods during summer downpours. Remember to check the weather before planning a visit and always recreate responsibly.


From Austin Nevada, on U.S. Hwy 50, trails exist in the mountains south of town. Options to join the trail system are also available from Bob Scott Campground, 6 miles east of Austin, or at Big Creek Campground to the south, among other locations.

From Tonopah Nevada, on U.S. Hwy 95, trails can be found in the mountains north of town. Trailheads can be found in the town of Belmont, Peavine Creek Campground, and numerous other locations.

From Belmont, one can stage within the town, or from one of the nearby campgrounds, such as Barley Creek Campground or Pine Creek Campground.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: United States Forest Service

Austin Ranger District
Forest Road 43184
Austin, NV 89310

Telephone: 775-964-2671

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