The Dirt: Winnemucca Dunes OHV Recreation Area



The Winnemucca Sand Dunes, Nevada’s largest continuous dune field, are located roughly 8 miles north of the town of Winnemucca, in Southern Humboldt County. 

From the staging area on the East side, the dunes stretch over a 40 square mile area, for about 14 miles Westward.  Additional dunes are interspersed among low sage hills over an even wider surrounding area. With no fee station and plenty of space to recreate, this is one of the region’s most popular OHV play areas.

Please note that OHV use is restricted to designated roads when travelling off of the dunes. Private property and highway right-of-way abuts the recreation areas, so please be mindful of boundaries and signage.


From downtown Winnemucca via Merlarkey Street/US-95 North:

  • Head North on US-95 North/Melarkey Street 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

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

Telephone: (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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