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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 11/26/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
  Rose Beardshear 760-252-6011; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-10

BLM Opens OHV Training Course at El Mirage OHV Area

The Barstow Field Office announces the opening of a new OHV Skills Development and Training Course at the El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  The OHV development project, made possible through a grant from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division, will serve to teach safe and proper riding techniques and improve basic riding skills for visitors of all ages.

Partnership efforts include National OHV Conservation Council, Great Outdoors Consultants, Lynn Construction, California Conservation Corps, California State Park staff from Hungry Valley and Hollister, Friends of El Mirage, Los Angeles and San Bernardino County staff and several volunteers. 

"Partners and volunteers are an invaluable asset," remarked Katrina Symons, Barstow Field Manager. "Without them, many of these types of projects just would not be possible."

The 54-acre training course includes restrooms, a 24-foot shade ramada, group barbecue and fire pit, off-loading ramps, parking and parent observation area, an All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI) training area, tot course, youth course, and over 3 miles of skills trail for ATV and UTV safety training and practice. The trails contain obstacles so beginner riders can learn to traverse rocks, small hills, logs, worm tracks, sand, and slick surfaces - preparing them for the rugged diverse terrain they will find in El Mirage. Immediately following the ceremony, Friends of El Mirage will be hosting an ASI training for kids ages 9-12. Lunch will be served.

Government and County officials will be joined by representatives from the California State Parks OHVMVR Division for the official ribbon cutting at 11:00 am.  The public is welcome to attend.

The El Mirage Cooperative Management Area - a 24,400 acre OHV park is located 25 miles northwest of Victorville in Southern California. Elevation ranges from about 2,800 feet at the El Mirage Dry Lake to over 3,800 feet in the Shadow Mountains. This OHV area attracts a variety of activities including commercial filming, motorcycles, ATVs, trucks, cars, buggies, land yachts, model airplanes, model rockets, ultra-light aircrafts, gyrocopters, parasails, and full-sized aircrafts. This heavily used recreation area, is easily accessed from major southern California population centers via major freeways.

For further information contact the Barstow Office at: 760-252-6000


California Desert District Office   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 11-26-2013