The Dirt: North Reno Recreation Area



The North Reno OHV Recreation area includes the Dogskin Mountains, Hungry Valley, and the popular Moon Rocks play area. The area includes approximately 19,050 acres of public lands and is managed for motorized recreation by the Bureau of Land Management, Carson District Office. This area is popular with all types of motorized recreation with amenities including rock crawling, motocross tracks, single track, and UTV play areas, making it a high visitation area for the greater Reno area. 

This riding area encompasses a small area between the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, and gets its name from the distinctive decomposing granite rock formations that dot the area. The area features many technical routes as well as easy rides along ranch roads. Main access along Winnemucca Ranch Road is suitable for all riding abilities, however many more challenging opportunities are available in the surrounding hills and valleys.

The riding substrate is primarily decomposed granite with lots of sand pits, and several good rock crawling hills. Trails take riders through sagebrush steppe and Juniper habitat. The highest point in the Hungry Valley area is Dogskin Mountain, at 7457’ elevation. 

The area is heavily grazed by livestock and is a mixture of public and private lands, and include several ranch and utility roads that provide good access to remote areas. Trails in surrounding area are primarily dirt and often cross fence lines. Please respect all signage and fences. 

BLM directional signage and street signs can occasionally be found along designated routes. Secondary roads navigate cattle grazing land. Please be respectful of speed limits on local and county roads. Services such as food, gas, and accommodations are available in Reno and Sparks, accessible by travelling South along Pyramid Highway (State Route 445).


From Interstate 80 in Sparks, head north on Pyramid Hwy, State Route 443. Head Northwest for about 15.5 miles, turn left onto Winnemucca Ranch Rd.  Travel approximately 4 miles to the Hungry Valley Recreation Area staging site, on the left

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

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