Update (Jan. 28, 2021) – State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites will reopen to the public and group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open. It is critical for all to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over. Lastly, all visitors are strongly encouraged to protect themselves and their loved ones by properly planning their outdoor experience. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
  • Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA
    More than 26,000 acres of scenic and challenging terrain offer recreation opportunities
    for ATVs, motorcycles, ROVs, and 4x4 vehicles.
  • Carnegie SVRA
    Known for its challenging hill climbs and single track trails, the SVRA offers a variety of recreation
    opportunities for OHV enthusiasts.
  • Clay Pit SVRA
    Located two miles west of Oroville, this 220-acre SVRA provides recreation opportunities for
    motorcycle, ATV and 4x4 recreationists.
  • Heber Dunes SVRA
    The sand dunes and dense groves of tamarisk trees that prevail throughout the SVRA offer a unique desert
    recreation experience.
  • Hollister Hills SVRA
    Divided into two unique recreation areas-the Upper Ranch and the Lower Ranch-the park provides a wide-variety
    of OHV recreation opportunities for all skill levels.
  • Hungry Valley SVRA
    OHV recreation opportunities include open areas, identified trails, tracks, play areas, special use areas,
    and a 4x4 obstacle course.
  • Oceano Dunes SVRA
    The SVRA provides a unique opportunity for visitors to participate in OHV recreation on several miles
    of beach and coastal sand dunes.
  • Ocotillo Wells SVRA
    More than 85,000 acres of Southern California desert provide a wide variety of opportunities for
    OHV recreation and exploration.
  • Prairie City SVRA
    This urban OHV Park provides recreational opportunities for motorcycles, ATVs, 4x4s, ROVs, Karts,
    and Quarter Midgets.

Update Dec. 9, 2020:
Please note that public offices for the California Department of Parks and Recreation are temporarily closed until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, our department remains virtually open for business, and you can contact staff by phone or email. The department is also accepting regular mail. Contact information for our divisions can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/ContactUs.

In addition to the regular means required by the regulations or statute, please make sure that you also send a copy of all correspondence or other documents electronically, to the email for the relevant commission and/or staff person. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

Below are some helpful links:
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

OHMVR Commission Meeting – February 18, 2021

The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission will hold a meeting, on February 18, 2021. This is an additional meeting to the four regularly scheduled commission meetings.  Among regular reports,   the Commission may desire to send a comment to the California Coastal Commission regarding the approval of the Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Draft Public Works Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (PWP) (December 2020).  The public can offer comments to inform the Commission’s comments on the PWP. The Commission may consider writing a letter as a group or the Commissioners may send in comments as individuals who are commissioners.  If the Commission decides to write a letter,  it may be drafted at the meeting or a draft copy may be brought back before the Commission at the February 26, 2021 Commission meeting.  The comments made by the public at the meeting will not be considered actual PWP public comments.  If the public has comments on the PWP, those comments shall submitted to the PWP per the instructions on the website https://www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/meetings.

Additional information is available on the OHMVR Commission Meetings web page.

OHMVR Commission Meeting – February 26, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor's Executive Orders N-29-30 and N-33-20, this Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission meeting will occur virtually through video and teleconference. There will not be a physical place where the public can go in-person to make public comments. The OHMVR Commission will be using the video conferencing service, Zoom, to host the meeting and allow for remote public participation. 

Additional information is available on the OHMVR Commission Meetings web page.

2019/2020 GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS PROGRAM – FINAL AWARDS

Visit the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program page for more information.

2019/2020 GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS PROGRAM

The California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR Division) announces its Intent to Award for the 2019/2020 Grants and Cooperative Agreements grants cycle.

2021 (G21) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program Regulations

The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program regulations have been amended. [more info…]

2019/2020 GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS PROGRAM

Preliminary Applications for the 2019/20 Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program will be made available for public review and comment starting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Click here for more info

Latest Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Information Bulletin

Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Information Bulletin, 20-1, regarding properly registered, street-legal, out-of-state vehicles may be downloaded from the Laws/Safety Page.

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Announcement Regarding Land Use in the Johnson Valley Area

UPCOMING TRAINING IN JOHNSON VALLEY SHARED USE AREA CANCELLED; SHARED USE AREA TO REMAIN OPEN

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. –The Marine Corps has cancelled training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area previously scheduled for April 30, 2020 through May 11, 2020. The Shared Use Area will remain open to the public during this period.

The Combat Center is a live-fire training installation, conducting critical training year-round. When recreating near the installation, the public must always be safe and respect base boundaries. Individuals have a personal and legal responsibility to be aware of their location and avoid trespassing.

Upcoming Shared Use Area temporary closures scheduled for 2020 and 2021:

  • October 30–November 09, 2020
  • April 30–May 10, 2021
  • October 29–November 08, 2021

Annual Resource Management Group Meeting

In the interest of public health and safety, the Marine Corps and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have cancelled the annual Resource Management Group (RMG) meeting scheduled on June 20, 2020. The RMG will reschedule the meeting for a later date or alternative format that complies with local public health guidance on gatherings and meetings intended to prevent and/or slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission.
For questions or comments on military training in Johnson Valley, or to request updates, please email SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@usmc.mil.

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Off-Highway Vehicle Adventure Guide

CA Off-Highway Adventure Map CoverThe OHMVR Division Off-Highway Adventure Guide has been updated. For a list of OHV opportunities, please reference the new Off-Highway Vehicle Adventure guide [PDF 3.5 MB]. [10/24/13]