The Dirt: Slumbering Hills



This multiuse recreation area is popular among antelope hunters and people seeking scenic views. The area includes mine ruins, as well as active farms and ranches. Services are conveniently located along Highway 95 or further south in the town of Winnemucca, 

Trails in surrounding area are primarily dirt and vary in width and surface quality. Some of the roads cross dry lake beds with powder-like dust. Sand dunes can also be found along the Southern edge of the riding area. This land is primarily managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but there re also “checkerboards” of private land mixed with BLM land in the Southern part of the riding area. Please respect all property boundaries and leave cattle gates as you find them. Secondary roads in the valley navigate cattle grazing land and hay fields. 

Pull-through parking can be found around Winnemucca Dunes (see our dirt page on the Winnemucca dunes, https://ohv.nv.gov/trails/winnemucca-dunes-riding-area) as well as along State Route 140. It may also be possible to find roadside parking/staging areas along Sod House Road on the Western edge of the riding area. Please be respectful of camping restrictions on BLM property, and of other trail users such as hunters. Antelope hunters can be seen every season scouting the area and setting up deer stands. Exercise caution around active hunters and use whip flags. Services such as food and gas are available along Highway 95, and more extensive services are available in Winnemucca (easily accessible via US 95).


From the town of Winnemucca to Winnemucca Dunes staging area:

  • Take Highway 95 North/Melarkey Street from Winnemucca for 8 miles.
  • Turn left (West) into Winnemucca Dunes Recreation Area.
  • Staging areas can be found around the kiosk.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management - Humboldt Field Office
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445

(775) 623-1500

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. OHV travel is limited to existing roads and trails. OHV use on un-vegetative sand areas is allowed. 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
  • Vehicles must have a whip flag that extends eight feet from the ground in dune areas

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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