The Dirt: Midas Area OHV Roads



The town of Midas is an active community in rural central Nevada. The town was twice the site of small gold bonanzas in the early twentieth century, but is now significantly smaller than it once was. A local saloon is the only amenity available, although the towns of Golconda and Winnemucca can be reached via well-maintained dirt and asphalt roads. The area around Midas is remarkably green, in contrast to the stark, rocky desert that surrounds the community. There are a number of roads leading out of town up into the surrounding hills, which provide great scenic vistas for photography. For a more ambitious trip, it is difficult, but possible, to travel via rough two tracks through the Sheep Creek Range south of Midas over to Battle Mountain. Much of the land south of Midas is owned by ranchers, with a checkered land ownership pattern classic to the areas around the Transcontinental Railway in Nevada. Please be aware of private property boundaries as you travel, and take care to close all gates you open, as there is a large active ranch industry in the area.


From Winnemucca, Nevada:

  • Head East on U.S. Highway 80 for 15 miles.
  • Take Exit 194 and turn left onto Morrison Ave.
  • Take the first right onto State Route 789/Old Highway 40 East for 16 miles.
  • Stay right to continue onto Midas Road for 28 miles.
    • Staging can be done along public roads or on dirt lots on BLM land.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

660 South 12th St.
Suite 108
Elko, NV 89801

Telephone: 775-738-5171

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.

While there are a number of user created play areas and OHV trails, it is best practice to follow leave no trace and tread lightly principles. Users are encouraged to stay on existing roads and trails. Plenty exist in this area! Always ride within your limits and be courteous to other trail users. 

  • 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