The Dirt: Mineral County Trails



If you like wide-open spaces and room to roam, then the Mineral County OHV trails are for you. The entire county, including the county seat of Hawthorn, is home to only about 4,500 residents. The county was named because of the high concentration of mining and minerals in the area, and is full of historic mine sites and ghost towns.

The map displays several ideas for fun day trips, or “Adventure Routes”. One route takes the rider on a loop through Aurora, Masonic, and Bodie State Historical Park in California. Several other adventure routes are based in Mina and visit the surrounding mining districts.

Trails in the area are primarily dirt and often cross fence lines. There are several ranch, mining and utility roads that provide good access to remote areas. BLM directional signage and street signs can be found infrequently along designated routes. Secondary roads navigate cattle grazing land and historic sites. Multiple staging areas can be found along or just off of US-95. The Bodie Loop can be accessed from the Big Horn Campground at the Elbow, part of the Walker River State Recreation Area.


To reach the town of Hawthorne from Reno, Nevada:

  • Take Interstate 80 East for 40 miles.
  • Turn South onto US 95 Alt and continue for 51 miles.
  • Continue South on US 95 for 33 miles.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: BLM - Stillwater Field Office

BLM Field Office – Stillwater
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: 775-885-6000

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

Abandoned Mines - Stay Out and Stay Alive!

Land Manager

Plan Your Visit