U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area
Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet at Hartwell Hills to 2,300 feet at Melville Dry Lake. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, annual grasses, wild flowers and Joshua Trees.
Johnson Valley offers a riding opportunity for every skill level. The South east portion of the riding area offers a large mass of hills known to rock crawlers world wide as the “Hammers.” This area is for experts and has gained the attention of off-roaders in recent years through an event called “King of the Hammers.” North of the Hammers offers a quality riding experience for novice and intermediate riders and some small dune riding experience. There are two car/truck courses for racing in the north central and western portions of the valley and offers four events each year. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders. It is also used extensively as a staging area for competitive motorcycle events. Cougar Buttes has many uses and is a very popular with off-roaders. 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.
Helmets are required on all ATVs! Also, there are no passengers allowed on ATVs.
Note: Possesion or use of any glass container used to carry any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited. (43 CFR 8361.1-6)
Do not burn pallets or wood with nails!