U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office|
Where Can I Ride My Off-Highway Vehicle in Riverside County?
Vehicle Use Categories
Public lands in the California Desert District (CDD) are designated in several Vehicle Use Categories: Open Areas, Limited Use Areas, and Closed Areas.
There are three different route designations used in the CDD.
Open: These routes are open to all vehicles.
Closed: Access on route by motorized vehicles is prohibited except for: (1) fire, military, emergency or law enforcement vehicles when used for emergency purposes; (2) combat or combat support vehicles when used for national defense purposes; (3) vehicles used for official purposes by employees, agents, or designated representatives of the federal government or one of its contractors.
Limited: Route access is limited seasonally. The only route in the PSSC Field Office that is limited is Meccacopia Trail. This route is closed annually from June 1 to September 30 to protect wildlife access to critical water sources. The same exceptions to motorized-vehicle use of closed routes also apply to limited routes.
Route Difficulty Rating
The BLM PSSC Field Office is beginning to implement a Route Difficulty Rating System. This is a work-in-progress, so most trails are not yet rated. The Route Difficulty Rating system is only a guide. The rating symbols can be found on the carsonite or metal posts at the beginning of each trail.
NOTE: It is important to remember that these ratings are independent of the need for 4WD on these routes. A route could be rated as “Easiest” and yet still require 4WD. Also note that the ratings are merely guides. Every individual’s level of skill is different. It is up to you to use your best judgment as to whether you and your vehicle can handle the route.