Off-Highway Vehicles

Las Vegas Valley Off-Highway Closure Map

Off-highway vehicles are one of many ways to enjoy the Southern Nevada landscape. Due to public health and environmental concerns, off-highway vehicle closures are in place for BLM managed public lands within and designated areas surrounding the Las Vegas Valley. The BLM closure includes Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and wilderness areas. The boundaries are:

• North – Apex on I-15 or Lee Canyon on US 95

• South – Sloan Exit on I-15 or mile marker 14.5 on State Route 604

• East – National Park Service’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area

• West – U.S. Forest Service’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Outside of the closure area, off-highway vehicles can use existing roads, trails and washes within the BLM Las Vegas Field Office managed public lands.

All operators of off-highway vehicles must comply with Nevada laws and regulations, including speed limits, when operating on public lands. All terrain vehicles (ATVs) operated on public lands must have a muffler, spark arrester and working headlights and taillights for nighttime use. Children under 16 operating off-highway vehicles must be supervised by an adult. 

The Las Vegas Field Office offers a number of off-highway vehicle routes. Following is a list of several of the most popular:

Rocky Gap Road - This route is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This four-wheel drive route can be accessed from the Lost Creek/White Springs exit on the 13-mile scenic drive. Please take caution when traveling this road as it has narrow road conditions and frequent washouts. This road is not recommended for passenger cars or low clearance vehicles.

Big Dune - located 15 miles south of Beatty, south of U.S 95.

Jean/Roach Dry Lake Bed Area - located 20 miles south of Las Vegas, east of Jean, Nevada.

Eldorado Valley - located five miles southwest of Boulder City.  Additional information on the OHV use on Boulder City Conservation Easement can be found here.

Nelson Hills - located approximately 17 miles south of Las Vegas on Highway 95, turn left at Highway 165, drive approximately three miles, then south on powerline road one half mile.

Nellis Dunes - just north of Nellis Air Force Base. Take I-15 North to Apex exit. Turn right and continue one and a half miles to the gas pipeline. Nellis Dunes is on east side of Frontage Road.

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