The Dirt: Pershing County OHV Trails



Pershing County is a rural county in central-northern Nevada that provides unlimited opportunities for OHV riders. Highway 80 divides the county roughly in half, and most major towns and services are along this highway. Lovelock, the county seat, has a number of historical sights and events every year. Lovelock and Imlay/Mill City provide the closest services, and more extensive services can be had in Winnemucca. Many charming small towns, such as Unionville, have bed-and-breakfasts for travelers, and make great staging locations for exploring the area.

There are many great recreation areas in the county, including Water Canyon State Recreation Area, Rye Patch Reservoir, Dun Glen, and Kuvima Valley. Please see our selection of Dirt Pages to get more information about these individual riding areas.


There are many points of access to the public lands in Pershing County.  A few are listed below:

  • From Winnemucca: The Water Canyon State Recreation Area makes for a great staging ground for both Eastern Pershing County and Western Humboldt County.
  • From Mill City: The Dun Glen pullout leads to several trails on the eastern side of Pershing County, including a route to Rye Patch Reservoir.
  • In Rye Patch Reservoir State Recreation Area,  OHV use is allowed on designated roads. Staging is easiest around the Recreation Area parking lots, but other pullouts and connecting roads can be found along Highway 80 in this area.
  • Gerlach, Empire, Sulphur: Located along State Route 447 and County Road 34, there are many roads allowing access to Western Pershing County.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

More Trail Info...

BLM Field Office - Humboldt & Pershing County
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445

Telephone: (775) 623-1500

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

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