Visitors have unique and uncommon opportunities to rediscover the splendor of the West's public lands by highway and back country routes. Whether you are a skilled 4-wheeled vehicle driver or you have just rented a car (and have promised to stay on the pavement!), there are many places on public lands where you can get off the beaten path and enjoy Arizona's diverse scenery, heritage, and challenges. In addition to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Opportunities listed on this page, National Back Country Byways and Scenic Drives, abound throughout the state.
Off-highway vehicles are permitted, with restrictions, in many areas under BLM administration in Arizona and along the Colorado River in California. Other areas, such as designated wilderness and other sensitive areas, are closed to OHV use.
Arizona Strip Field Office
Grand Canyon Overlooks: For the more adventurous traveler with a well equipped, four-wheel drive vehicle, some of the most spectacular scenic vistas in the world can be reached by driving south from Interstate 15 or Highway 89A.
Hassayampa Field Office
In cooperation with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Maricopa County Air Quality Division, the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran field offices support efforts to reduce air pollution by halting OHV use on red flag (bad air quality) days. To receive automatic updates, sign up for a desktop application by going to: http://cleanairmakemore.com. Or sign up for email notices which alert you of high pollution advisory "not ride" days at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/AZDEQ/subscriber/new.
Harquahala Mountain Summit Road: A rugged and challenging road to the top of the mountain where the historic Smithsonian Harquahala Peak Observatory, a National Register of Historic Places site, has been stabilized.
Kingman Field Office
Moss Wash: Meandering through scenic high mountain forest and Mohave Desert vegetation, the trail traverses two distinct plant communities.
Sleeping Princess: Located on the skyline of the Black Mountains, this trail meanders through sparse Mohave Desert vegetation and gains approximately 1,600 feet in elevation over its 3.2 mile length.
Lake Havasu Field Office
Crossroads OHV Area: One of two OHV open areas adjacent to the Colorado River, on the California side. Crossroads has a staging area and is 1,500 acres open with no travel restrictions of any kind except you must obey California OHV laws.
Copper Basin Dunes: The other OHV open area on the Parker Strip is 1,275 acres and also has a staging area, parking, restrooms and lots of sand dune area for unrestricted vehicle travel.
Safford Field Office
Hot Well Dunes: Sound like a day at the beach? Come to one of most unique recreation spots in Arizona. Where else does the opportunity to ride in 2,000 acres of sand dunes, set up a camp and then soak in relaxing hot tubs all occur in the same location?
Rug Road: Transversing Table Mountain between Turkey Creek on the east end and Mammoth on the west end, This road is not for the faint of heart.
Yuma Field Office
El Camino del Diablo: (The Road of the Devil) - The long, rough, unpaved route crossing the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona is suitable only for experienced desert drivers with well equipped, four-wheel drive vehicles.
Ehrenburg Sandbowl: A popular site open for use of off road vehicles, with hilly, sandy terrain and a network of roads and trails.
Dome Rock Mountain 14-Day Camping Area