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
Directions to Hawthorn: Highway 95 South, approximately 100 miles south of intersection of US Interstate 80 East and Highway 95, at USA Parkway east of Reno.
Land Manager: BLM - Stillwater Field Office
BLM Field Office – Stillwater
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
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.