Ridgecrest Field office

Spangler Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Map (pdf 1.4 MB)
The Spangler Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area (OHV) offers over 57,000 acres of open public land where you can ride anywhere your skill and machine will take you.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Opportunities: The Spangler OHV Area provides a wide variety of riding opportunities including cross country play, trail riding, advanced technical routes, 4-wheel drive trails, and Enduro, Technique Trials, European Scramble and Hare Hound competitive events. The area provides an uncrowded riding opportunity in the Western Mojave Desert three hours north of Los Angeles.

To Get There... From the south, use US 395 to the town of Red Mountain and then take the Trona-Red Mountain Road 7 miles north to the boundary of the OHV area.

Teagle Wash, a great place to unload and begin your riding, is another 2 miles north.

From the City of Ridgecrest, take the Trona-Red Mountain Road from SR 178. Spangler can also be accessed from within the City of Ridgecrest by traveling south approximately 3 miles on College Heights Boulevard to the OHV area north boundary.

Services: Food and fuel are available in Ridgecrest. The nearest medical facilities are also located in Ridgecrest at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, telephone 760-446-3551. BLM Rangers also frequently patrol the OHV Area to offer assistance and information.

Staging Areas: The most popular staging area is Teagle Wash, located east of the Trona-Red Mountain Road on BLM Route RM143. This site provides a large area for camping, unloading, free play and staging competitive events.

Two other staging areas are the Searles Station Area, located approximately 2 miles east of US 395 via the Searles Station Cutoff Road and Wagon Wheel, located 5 miles south of SR 178 on the Trona-Red Mountain Road. Both of these sites are accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles and offer excellent opportunities for unloading for a day of riding or primitive camping for a weekend.

The Spangler map is not to scale use for reference only. (PDF 1.4 megabytes)

Rules and Regulations:

Camping is permitted anywhere in the open area, but is limited to a maximum of 14 days. The draining of holding tanks is prohibited.

Green Sticker OHV registration is mandatory for ALL vehicles which are not "street legal".

Visitors from outside the state of California must have a valid permit/registration from an off-highway vehicle program in your home state. If no valid permit/registration in your home state, you will have to purchase a "Non-Resident OHV Permit" for California.

Vehicles must have legal headlights and taillights if they are used at night.

All commercial or competitive OHV use requires a permit.

The Spangler Hills are home to the Desert Tortoise. Collecting tortoises is prohibited. Please avoid handling or disturbing these desert creatures.

Pack out all garbage and litter, keep the area clean for your next visit.

Additional Information:  The BLM encourages all recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but throughout the west, to use a propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles.  Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on both the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.  Please help the BLM protect our desert wildlife, and their fragile desert environment.

During established hunting seasons, the BLM is encouraging all hunters and recreational shooters to use lead free nontoxic shot and bullets.  Proven safer, nontoxic shot significantly reduces the risks of accidental lead poisoning of wildlife and will have minimal impacts on the environment.

Although this is an open area, please park or set up camp in previously disturbed sites.

Map Information: Desert Access Guides, Ridgecrest and Cuddeback Lake provide additional and useful information.