BLM reminds the public to be safe when recreating over the holiday weekend


Bureau of Land Management

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Carson City District Office

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – Due to recent fatalities and injuries at popular recreation sites, the Carson City District reminds the public of safety concerns when recreating over the upcoming holiday weekend. Memorial Day weekend attracts many visitors to recreation sites such as Moon Rocks (North Reno Recreation Area) and Sand Mountain Recreation Area (28 miles east of Fallon, NV).

“Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs), dirt bikes, quads, Utility Terrain Vehicles, side by sides, rock crawlers, and sand rails are a great way to recreate, but require additional safety measures to avoid possible injuries to yourself or others,” said Kim Dow, Carson City District Manager.

Some safety measures include:

  • Always wear your helmet when operating an OHV on dirt roads, trails, dunes, and rock crawling.
  • Always make sure youth are wearing their helmets and are fastened properly.
  • Always wear your five-point harness in conjunction with roll bar/cage or seat belt when driving on dirt roads, trails, dunes, and rock crawling.
  • Make sure youth are properly secured in car seats, five-point harness in conjunction with roll bar/cage or with seat belts.
  • Sand Mountain Recreation Area always requires flags on OHVs.
  • Make sure your OHV has proper lighting if operating one-half hour after sundown.
  • Never drink alcohol or use drugs when operating an OHV.
  • Fire works are always prohibited.
  • All OHVs must be registered.
  • Always Tread Lightly.

For more information on these two popular recreation sites go to and


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.