Carson City District - Stillwater Field Office

Vehicle Use is Restricted on Some Sand Mountain Trails

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City Field Office, published vehicle use restrictions for Sand Mountain Recreation Area in the Federal Register on March 15, 2007. Since then, vehicles have been restricted to approved routes of travel when on the vegetated portions of the dune system. The main sand dunes, where 95% of vehicle use normally occurs, are always open for cross-country travel.

These restrictions on motorized use are a significant element of the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly Conservation Plan, a public planning effort initiated by the Lahontan Valley Environmental Alliance (LVEA) in August 2004. It is vital that the plan be successfully implemented to avoid more restrictive listings of the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly (currently listed as a sensitive species).

Participants in this effort included representatives from the LVEA, BLM, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, City of Fallon, Churchill County, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Friends of Sand Mountain, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, Naval Air Station-Fallon, and private citizens.

The designated routes of travel in the vegetated portions of the dune system are marked with vertical posts; maps of the restricted use areas are posted at new information kiosks by the restrooms at the camping area at the base of Sand Mountain, and at key access points that lead away from the camping area.

For further information contact the Sand Mountain Coordinator at the Carson City District Office, (775) 885-6000.


Map of Trail Restrictions in Areas Adjacent to the Main Dunes at Sand Mountain (pdf format)

USFWS 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly (Euphilotes pallescens ssp. arenamontana) as Threatened or Endangered with Critical
Habitat (21 pages in pdf format), May 2, 2007.