The Dirt: White Pine County



White Pine County OHV trails give riders access to a variety of recreation areas and remote landscapes. The city of Ely itself is an OHV-friendly community, and there are a limited number of roads within the city which can be used by off-highway vehicles (see City of Ely posting for more information on specific roadways).

Popular recreation areas in the Southeastern part of the county include the Ward Mountain Adventure Loop, the Mt. Moriah Trail System, Sacramento Pass Recreation Area, the Ranger OHV Trail, the Schell Mountains trail system, and Steptoe Valley. The OHV trails in Western White Pine County give riders access to OHV areas and routes such as the Shellback Ridge, the Illipah Reservoir, and Egan Crest. Information about each of these OHV opportunities can be found on here on our website. 

High-clearance, 4WD vehicles are recommended for many of these routes. While the area around Ely has cellphone service for most providers, the more remote parts of the county may be miles from service. Similarly, while Ely and its surrounding towns have many services for visitors, the vast expanses of rural basin and range can take visitors far from gas stations and grocery stores. Always travel prepared.


Please enjoy these popular recreation sites in Southeastern White Pine County:

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

BLM - Ely Office
702 North Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-1800
Fax: 775-289-1910

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

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