The Dirt: Northern Nye County



Northern Nye County offers vast and open lands to explore and OHV all throughout the center of Nevada!  Roads and trails in this region vary in length and can be utilized by various recreation user groups - OHV, equestrian, mountain bike, etc. - so be prepared to meet a variety of trail users on the trails.

Trails range from being primarily dirt, to basin sagebrush, to aspen groves and into high elevation environments. There are numerous opportunities for primitive camping, hunting and other outdoor recreation, and a number of historic mining and sheepherding sites and settlements in this region. There are several ranch, mining and utility roads that provide good access to remote areas but be aware of some potential fence lines and crossings. BLM directional signage and street signs can be found infrequently along designated routes. Secondary roads navigate cattle grazing land and historic sites.

Check out Off-Road Nevada's postings for these Northern Nye County OHV trails and networks:

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
Mina Area Adventure Routes
Crescent Sand Dunes
Lunar Crater Backcountry Byway
Quinn Canyon Range


Multiple recreation areas can be located by taking US-6 East out of Tonopah through the county and onwards to the Ely area. Many recreation areas will be located off of dirt roads that spur from the highway. See trail postings linked above for more detailed directions to parking and staging areas.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management - Tonopah Office

1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911
Tonopah, NV 89049

Phone: 775-482-7800

Email: BLM_NV_BMDOwebmail@blm.gov

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

Land Manager

Plan Your Visit