Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation area

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Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation area

California

(760) 252-6000

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Overview

The 189,000-acre Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area offers outstanding trails for competitive off-highway motorcycle racing, enduro and trial events, and day play-riding. Most visitors tour the area in four-wheel drive vehicles. Sloping bajadas, narrow canyons, flat dry lakes, sand dunes, and twisting trails through low rocky mountains provide a variety of experiences for all levels of riders. The Johnson Valley Yucca Rings Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Soggy Lake Creosote Rings ACEC, Cougar Buttes' huge rock slabs, ruins of historic mines, range cattle, and a wide variety of desert animal and plant life offer unique nature and touring experiences. The Soggy Lake area offers numerous opportunities to go hiking, rock hounding, and wildlife watching. The area near Anderson and Soggy Dry Lakes is used extensively for competitive racing events and OHV free play. The eastern boundary is shared with the Twenty-nine Palms Marine Air-Ground Combat Center. DO NOT enter this area. Johnson Valley offers a riding opportunity for every skill level. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders. The butte boast areas with small rolling hills for the novice, rocky ridges for the more experienced riders, huge rock structures for the rock crawlers and is a popular place for motorcycle trials events. The 188,000 acre off-highway vehicle riding area has something for every rider at every skill.

Map of Johnson Valley OHV Rec. area

Latitude, Longitude: 34.442309, -116.639442

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Most visitors tour the area in four-wheel drive vehicles. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders. The butte boast areas with small rolling hills for the novice, rocky ridges for the more experienced riders, huge rock structures for the rock crawlers and is a popular place for motorcycle trials events.

  • Camping

    In the area covered by the Barstow Field Office, there are campgrounds at Rainbow Basin/ Owl Canyon and Afton Canyon. These are first-come first-served campgrounds. Each have designated sites with picnic tables and fire rings. There is a 14 day limit for camping in each campground.

  • Hiking

    Soggy Dry Lakes offers numerous opportunities to go hiking, rock hounding, and wildlife watching.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The area near Anderson and Soggy Dry Lakes is used extensively for competitive racing events and OHV free play. The eastern boundary is shared with the Twenty-nine Palms Marine Air-Ground Combat Center. DO NOT enter this area. Johnson Valley offers a riding opportunity for every skill level. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders. The butte boast areas with small rolling hills for the novice, rocky ridges for the more experienced riders, huge rock structures for the rock crawlers and is a popular place for motorcycle trials events. The 188,000 acre of-highway vehicle riding area has something for every rider at every skill level.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Soggy Dry Lakes offers numerous opportunities to go hiking, rock hounding, and wildlife watching.

Directions

Driving

TThe riding area can be entered from Highway 247 at Old Woman Springs Road or Camp Rock Road, 55 miles southeast of Barstow. Most visitors access the area off Camp Rock Road by driving north off of Highway 247. Staging for many competitive events is at Anderson Dry Lake, 10 miles north of Highway 247 and east of Camp Rock Road. These are graded dirt roads.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(760) 252-6000

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