State Vehicular Recreation Areas
The State Vehicular Recreation Areas, or SVRAs, are OHV parks which are operated by the OHMVR Division of California State Parks. Each SVRA has an operational program which provides (in most locations) the following services:
- Trails, tracks, and other OHV Recreation opportunities
- Restrooms, camping, shade ramadas, water
- OHV parts store
- Public safety, including law enforcement, first aid, and search and rescue
- Maintenance including repair and maintenance of OHV trails, buildings, equipment and public use facilities
- Interpretive and educational activities and publications promoting safe and responsible OHV recreation
- Resource management designed to sustain OHV opportunities, protects and enhances wildlife habitat, erosion control, revegetation, etc.
Located in the hills of southern Alameda and San Joaquin counties, Carnegie is one of nine SVRAs administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. With a diversity of terrain ranging from rolling hills to steep canyons, Carnegie has become a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts of all skill levels.
CLAY PIT SVRA
Clay Pit is located two miles west of the town of Oroville. This 220+ acre SVRA provides a fenced open riding area for motorcycle, ATV, and 4x4 recreationists.
EASTERN KERN COUNTY ONYX RANCH SVRA
Located in Eastern Kern County and adjacent to State Route 14 on the western edge of the Mojave Desert, the SVRA offers over 26,000 acres of scenic and challenging terrain for ATVs, motorcycles, recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and 4x4 vehicles.
HEBER DUNES SVRA
Heber Dunes SVRA, located three miles north of the Mexican border crossing at Highway 7 (Calexico/Mexicali) in Imperial County, is the most recent addition to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. This 343 acre SVRA is especially popular with ATV riders; however, some dune buggies, utility vehicles and motorcycle riders also visit the park.
HOLLISTER HILLS SVRA
Hollister Hills offers recreation for motorcyclists, 4x4s, picnickers, and campers in the Gabilan Mountains just an hour’s drive from San Jose. Park elevations range from 660 feet to 2,425 feet.
HUNGRY VALLEY SVRA
Hungry Valley is the third largest unit of California State Park's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Located at Tejon Pass in northern Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Hungry Valley offers 19,000 acres and over 130 miles of scenic trails for motorcycle, ATV, dune buggy, and 4x4 recreation. All levels of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) operator skills will be challenged by the wide variety of terrain and trails at Hungry Valley SVRA.
OCEANO DUNES SVRA
Formerly Pismo Dunes SVRA, this sand dune complex is geologically unique and also provides an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts from throughout the United States. One of several OHV areas administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oceano Dunes also offers visitors other recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing, camping, and hiking. The staff at Oceano Dunes wishes you an enjoyable and safe stay.
OCOTILLO WELLS SVRA
Ocotillo Wells has 40,000 acres of magnificent desert are open for off-road exploration and recreation within the boundaries portrayed on this map. Outside the boundaries, to the south and east, large tracts of BLM land (U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management) are also open to off-highway vehicles. The western boundary and part of the northern boundary connect with the half-million acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is closed to off-road recreation, but open to exploration by highway-legal vehicles along established primitive roads.
PRAIRIE CITY SVRA
Prairie City is situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, 20 miles east of downtown Sacramento and three miles south of U.S. 50. The area offers off-highway vehicle enthusiasts a variety of interesting terrain and trails for motorcycles, ATVs, ROVs, and 4x4 vehicles.
Safe and Responsible OHV Operation
- Prairie City SVRA
- Carnegie SVRA
- Hollister Hills SVRA
- Hungry Valley SVRA
- Clay Pit SVRA
- Ocotillo Wells SVRA
- Heber Dunes SVRA
For more information about OHV training, please refer to the following web pages.