The Dirt: Ruby Mountains OSV



The Ruby Mountains are a winter paradise! Take the snowmobiles out for a day in the South Ruby Mountains, following old Forest Service roads. Keep in mind that there is no motorized access within the Ruby Mountains Wilderness, so stay on approved roadways and open areas. Be cautious of other trail users (snowshoeing, skiing, etc.). 

A unique winter activity in the Ruby Mountains is Heli-Skiing through the backcountry!  Check out Ruby Mountain Heli Ski -TravelNevada.com for more information. This could be a thrilling add-on to a Ruby Mountain OSV experience!

Campgrounds are generally closed during the winter, but lodging options are available in the town of Elko. Make sure to check local weather and snow conditions before heading out to recreate. 


From downtown Elko:

  • Take NV-227 out of town and turn onto NV-228 south.
  • Follow NV-228 for about 30 miles and turn onto Harrison Pass Road.
  • Continue along NV-113 to access staging areas.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: US Forest Service - Mountain City – Ruby Mountains – Jarbidge Ranger District

Elko Office
660 South 12th St.
Suite 108
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 738-5171

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has not completed Over-Snow Vehicle Use Travel Management planning for this area. The over-snow vehicle routes and open areas shown on this map are information only and are subject to change. This map implies no right of access across any private lands displayed on this map. Please follow Responsible Recreation guidelines and stay on existing roads and trails.

Be sure to check local riding and weather conditions before recreating, as the Ruby Mountains are remote and conditions can change quickly! Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only - be respectful of seasonal wheeled-vehicle closures. Over-snow Vehicles are required to yield to all other users.

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.

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