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Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area

The Dry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area is located in Washoe County, Nevada. The area is located east of Wendel, California and west of Reno, Nevada off of Sand Pass Road and High Rock Road. The roads and trails traverse a wide variety of terrain including flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country to steep lava rock canyons. Most trails are difficult motorcycle trails.

Vehicle use is limited to designated routes. The designated roads and trails are signed as motorcycle, ATV, and 4WD use depending on width and terrain.  In addition to OHV use, Dry Valley is utilized by hikers, horseback riders, hunters and wildlife photographers. Visitors enjoy the beautiful vistas and canyons and good opportunities for viewing wildlife, wild horses and burros.

Operation and maintenance of the OHV area is provided by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office and a partnership with the Great Basing Institute (GBI) through funds provided, in part, by the State of Nevada Recreation Trails Program (RTP).


The Turn of the Road Trailhead, off of High Rock Road has a large graveled parking area, unloading ramps, and a bulletin board.

The Mission Wells Trailhead off of Sand Pass Road and the Dry Valley entrance road has a large graveled parking area, unloading ramps, fire rings, picnic tables and a bulletin board. Permitted recreation events, such as competitive motorcycle races, take place at the Mission Wells Trailhead. For more information on these events and dates contact the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office at 530-252-5303.

Trash cans are not provided at the trailhead, please pack out what you pack in.

Directions to Dry Valley

To reach the Dry Valley OHV area from Susanville, California take State Route 36 south to the stoplight at the junction of U.S. Highway 395, turn left and continue on U.S. 395 North  about 15 miles to Wendel Road and turn right. Continue about 21 miles to the Nevada state line (the pavement ends and the road becomes High Rock Road). The Turn of the Road trailhead is located directly north of High Rock Road. To access the Mission Wells Trailhead, travel 12 more miles on High Rock Road and turn left onto Sand Pass Road. Continue for 1 mile to the trailhead entrance road, Dry Valley Road is on the left just after the railroad tracks. Follow the signs to the Mission Wells Trailhead.

Bureau of Land Management
Eagle Lake Field Office
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone: (530) 257-0456
Fax: (530) 257-4831
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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