The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area is currently open. For more information, call (707) 468-4000.

South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area


Mendo-Lake Rd Ukiah, CA 95482

39.061288, -123.056391

In Ukiah, take State Highway 101 south to the Talmage exit. Go east on Talmage Road about 1.5 miles. Turn right at East Side Road. Travel less than 0.5 mile to Mill Creek Road, which is on the left. Continue on Mill Creek Road 5 miles for entrance to South Cow Mountain.


South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area


The South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area is located within the Mayacamas Mountains, east of the city of Ukiah and west of the city of Lakeport, in Northwestern California. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Lake County; pockets of old-growth fir; several species of oak; willows; over 31 miles of stream; 13 reservoirs; and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species.

Cow Mountain Recreation Area

South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area consists of approximately 23,000 acres of public land that is managed for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use.

There are two developed OHV staging areas within South Cow Mountain with graveled access roads accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles. Access roads into these areas are narrow and winding. Travel trailers and large recreational vehicles are not recommended.

Vehicle use within the recreation area is limited to the 94 miles of designated roads and trails and is appropriate for motorcycle, Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV), and 4-wheel drive vehicles. The trails are marked with numbered signs displaying difficulty ratings (ranging from easy to extremely difficult) and the recommended vehicle type depending on the width of the trail.

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Temporary Weather Closures

To protect roads and trails from damage, South Cow Mountain is closed during periods of precipitation. Temporary closures begin when: 1) precipitation exceeds 4 inches at the beginning of the rainy season (typically November); and 2) precipitation falls 1/2 inch within 24 hours, or 1 inch within 72 hours. Typically, South Cow Mountain will reopen after 72 hours of no precipitation.

To determine whether South Cow Mountain is open, please contact the Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000.

South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area in the Ukiah Field Office


Other Nearby OHV Opportunities

For more OHV opportunities, visit these other BLM Managed Off-Highway Vehicle Areas located in Northern California and Nevada:

Knoxville Recreation Management Area
Fort Sage OHV Area
Dry Valley OHV Area
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area
Rice Canyon OHV Area