The Dirt: Washoe County South



Off-highway vehicle recreation is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the greater Reno area. This part of the county is conveniently serviced by major road systems, and the cities and towns of the greater Reno area provide all the services visitors could desire. Cell phone service is good in the immediate Reno area, but can become spotty in areas like Dry Valley, farther from the city. High-clearance, 4WD vehicles are recommended for many of these routes.

For visitors staying in Reno, there are more than half a dozen OHV recreation sites to choose from, all within two hours of the city center. The closest of all, and visible across the entire city, is the vast Peavine Mountain trail system, and the adjoining Dog Valley trails. These trails are popular with folks seeking a quick day outing with ideal angles for photographing the city. Also very close is Hunter Lake Road, a collection of scenic roads leading into the Mt. Rose wilderness. Just North of Reno near Pyramid Highway is the North Reno Recreation Area, a collective name for three very popular OHV sites:  Dogskin Mountains, Hungry Valley, and the Moon Rocks play area. No OHV trip to Washoe county would be complete without a visit to Dry Valley, a huge designated Off-Highway Vehicle Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Finally, if you would like to learn while exploring the desert around Reno, Washoe Lake State Park has prepared an interpretive guide for OHV enthusiasts. This guide explains the natural and human history of Washoe Valley and Virginia City.


There are several trail networks in Washoe Valley, many with designated parking areas. Check these links for more information:

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Washoe County

1001 East 9th Street

Reno, NV 89512

Phone: 311- or  775-328-2003

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.

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