U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area
This is an exciting and more remote area for the off-highway vehicle user. Rasor has rolling hills, open valleys, and sand dunes that invite riders willing to travel through this remote area. Elevations range from near 2,427 feet elevation down to around 1,275 feet elevation at the Mojave River.
Besides the remote nature of the area, another attraction is the historic Mojave Road which runs through the riding area into the newly designated Mojave National Preserve (street-legal vehicles only in the Preserve). Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, some annual grasses and wild flowers.
The north boundary of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area is bounded by steep rugged rocky hill masses which are somewhat difficult for casual riders but are the destination for the experienced rider. The central portion of the area has many varieties of desert vegetation and is crossed by many trails that run through washes and over some rough terrain making for a moderate challenging riding experience. There are also several unimproved roads and trails that provide good opportunities for beginner riders
The southern portion of the area consists of areas with deep sand and dune fields. This provides a unique riding experience to riders who normally do not ride in dunes and is a challenge for novice to intermediate riders.
There are many opportunities for hiking, rock scrambling, rock hounding, and plant, bird and wildlife watching. There are desert tortoise, a state and federally listed threatened species, in the riding area.
NOTE: There are many deep mine shafts in the riding area! Travel outside the riding area is only on designated routes with street legal vehicles. Extremes of heat and cold are likely in this area! Rescue in the area is not immediate! Be careful and enjoy the remote and quiet nature of the area.
Rules and Regulations: Camping is allowed anywhere within the riding area that does not block travel on a road. Camping is limited to a 14 day stay.