U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Needles Field Office|
Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
Recognizing the tremendous growth in the number of off-highway vehicles being used for recreation. The Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District encompasses 12.5 million acres - approximately one-third of the state. The California Desert District attracts millions of visitors each year that take part in many kinds of recreation. For some, the motorized vehicle is merely a means of reaching a particular place. For others, use of the vehicle for individual challenge and exploration is the main reason to visit the desert
Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) provide fun, entertainment, and discovery. However, many of the desert's most attractive and fragile resources can be destroyed if vehicle access is not properly controlled. Resources, cultural and natural, can be unintentionally damaged or destroyed by uncontrolled vehicle use. We all have the responsibility for the proper use of vehicles, so please remember to TREAD LIGHTLY on public and private lands. Through positive education, responsible recreation and continuous restoration, we can preserve the environment for our future.
Your OHV adventure may range from extreme to cautious but the same preparation and rules apply. There are inherent risks and dangers when driving in the back-country. The condition of these routes can deteriorate quickly and substantially at any time. Therefore you may encounter conditions considerably worse than you expected. Your best course of action is to be prepared.
Exercise caution and good judgment making sure that you and your vehicle are in top condition and that you have the proper training, safety equipment and supplies to deal with any problems you may encounter. In addition it is never wise to travel alone in the back country. Should you meet with a mishap, help will almost always be far away and long in coming. (Your cell phone may not work out here) It is also strongly suggested that you file a travel plan (and stick to it) with someone that can a alert the authorities if you are over due.
Every year millions of people take to the outdoors in search of that great adventure. Remember while on your journey to Tread Lightly! Through positive education, responsible recreation and continuous restoration, we can preserve the environment for our future.
T ravel & recreate with minimum impact
Cross Country Travel is not only Against the Law it's Dangerous!