The Dirt: Mullen Pass



Mullen Pass is an OHV recreation area about 40 minutes north of Reno, NV near Pyramid Lake. This area is located on BLM Land and borders the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, which does not allow any OHV access. Please be respectful of all fences and signage around Reservation lands. 

There are close to 90 miles of dirt trails offering various routes for all experience levels, as well as access to the popular rock climbing area, Pig Rock.  Near the beginning of the trails there is a large open OHV play area that can be enjoyed. Dispersed campsites are scattered throughout but are unimproved and do not offer any amenities. 

OHV routes through the Painted Hills can be used to connect to other recreation areas such as the North Reno, Dry Valley, and Fort Sage Riding Areas.


From the town of Reno to Mullen Pass staging area:

  • Head towards Sparks on I-80 and take NV-445 North (Pyramid Way)
  • Follow NV-445 for about 30 miles
  • Parking and staging area will be on left after passing Quail Cyn Ranch Road

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

Sierra Front Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701

(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.

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

Land Manager

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