BLM announces temporary safety closure of public lands at Sand Mountain Recreation Area


Bureau of Land Management

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Carson City District Office

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, in coordination with local officials announced an emergency closure of public lands at Sand Mountain Recreation Area located approximately twenty-five miles south east of Fallon, NV on U.S. 50 in Churchill County. The 4,808-acre Sand Mountain Recreation Area is a designated off-highway vehicle fee site and will be temporarily closed until further notice.

The BLM continues to serve the public while doing our part to address COVID-19. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, the BLM is temporarily closing the Sand Mountain Recreation Area to limit the spread of the virus. The health and safety of staff and visitors in these facilities is our number one priority.

Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas in other areas within the Carson City District while following the CDC’s guidance for travel and protecting yourself.  For more information, please visit:

Throughout the closure, the area of public land that is temporarily closed will be patrolled by BLM Law Enforcement. 

For further information, please contact Lisa Ross at 775-885-6107.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.