The Dirt: Jean / Roach Dry Lake Beds



The Jean and Roach Dry Lake Area provides hundreds of miles of trails to the casual and expert Off-highway vehicle enthusiast alike. At the center of the area is the area’s namesake, Jean Dry Lake, with Roach Dry Lake to the south along Interstate 15. 

Although the name implies that the lakebed is dry, it has the potential of flooding and holding water long after a rainfall. After substantial precipitation events, the lakebed can hold several inches to several feet of water. Travel on the lakebed after a precipitation event is not recommended. Outside of the dry lakebed, motorized vehicle use is limited to existing roads and trails.

To the north and east, trails will take the rider to the hills surrounding the McCullough Wilderness and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas. No motorized use is allowed in these areas.


Jean Dry Lake is approximately 26 miles south of Las Vegas.

Take Interstate-15 South to the Sloan Road exit (exit 25). Make a left and head to Las Vegas Boulevard. On Las Vegas Boulevard make a right and travel approximately 10 miles to Knight Ranch Road. Make a left onto Knight Ranch Road. From here Jean Dry Lake Bed is visible.


The Roach Dry Lake dispersed area can be accessed from the Primm exit at the stateline, then heading north on S. Las Vegas Blvd to Mccullough Pass Road.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: BLM

BLM Field Office - Las Vegas
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Telephone: (702) 515-5000

Email: lvfoweb@blm.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

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

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