Four-Wheeled Vehicle Recreation - Hollister Hills

  • All vehicles are required to check in at Lower Ranch Main Entrance to purchase day use pass, and receive gate combination for Upper Ranch and Hudner Ranch entrances.
  • Please note that on occasion, the Upper Ranch may be partially or entirely closed for special events. Please click here for a list of current special events and corresponding closures.
  • Hudner Ranch is subject to seasonal closures due to the adobe soil for safety and to help prevent erosion. Always check conditions on our webpage before arriving.  

Welcome to the Upper Ranch & Hudner Ranch of Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

Four-wheeled vehicles include jeeps, trucks, and side-by-sides/ROVs.
(ATV’s or motorcycles are not allowed in these areas, only in the lower ranch.)

 

 

Upper Ranch - This 800-acre area offers about 24 miles of trails for four-wheel drive recreation. There is three specialized areas (4x4 Obstacle Course, Adventure Track, and special event G.P. Track) that provide a range of challenges and obstacles. To use the area for the day, register first at the park office to obtain the gate combination. If your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down, you are responsible for removing it.

 

 

 

Hudner Ranch - This 1,500-acre area offers trails that wind through rolling hills and oak grasslands with panoramic views. Please note the majority of these trails are narrow (except Hudner Pass and Valley Vista) and are recommended for shorter vehicles such as Jeep, Land Rover, Toyota and ROV’s/Side by Sides.

 

 

 

Phone: (831) 637-3874

Fees: day-use for all areas is $5. Camping is $10 per night and per vehicle. (Camping is first-come/first-serve.)

         SVRA Passes & Fees

         Explorer Pass

Maps
Lower Ranch (motorcycles & atv's)(Georeferenced pdf map)
Upper Ranch (four-wheel vehicles)(Georeferenced pdf map)
Mudstone (non-motorized)

Events: We offer a variety of ranger-led education activities & host a wide array of special events. For a list of upcoming events, click here.

Dogs are allowed on a tended 6 foot leash or confined in an enclosed vehicle, tent or pen. Dogs, other than service animals, are prohibited on all motorized trails. Dogs are allowed in the Nature area and Mudstone Ranch.

 

Hollister Hills SVRA is located approximately 5 miles south of the town of Hollister. From Union Road, head south on Cienega Road. At stop sign, make a right to continue on Cienega Road. Drive approximately 5 miles, the main entrance is on the right.


The park is divided into different areas based on the type of recreation (motorcycle & atv, four-wheeled vehicles, and non-motorized.) Each area has a seperate entrance located along Cienega Road.

Everyone must check in at the Lower Ranch Main Entrance to pay entrance fees, get directions if needed, and gate combinations if needed at
 
7800 Cienega Road
Hollister CA 95045

Obstacle Course Campground Directions - if you are towing a trailer or driving a RV, the recomended route to the Obstacle Course campground is to take the second right onto Foothill Road and follow to the campground.

Camping is offered in the Upper Ranch (2 campgrounds), the Lower Ranch (4 campgrounds), and the Hudner (2 remote sites that require special access permits). For more information on camping, click here.

Fires are permitted in state provided fire rings. No ground fires allowed. This is necessary to prevent disastrous fires. Portable stoves may be used in designated areas. It is the responsibility of every visitor to use extreme caution with any burning materials, including tobacco.  Campfires are not allowed in Hudner Ranch during fire season (summer & fall).

Firewood may be purchased at the Park store located in Lodge Campground in the Lower Ranch. Please buy it were you burn it to prevent the spread of invasive species. Collecting downed wood is prohibited as it is part of the natural condition. Decayed vegetation forms humus and assists the growth of trees and other plants. For this reason the gathering of down wood is prohibited.

Fireworks are prohibited.

Driver age must be 16 years or older, or directly supervised in the vehicle by a parent/guardian.

Safety helmet is required for driver and passengers.

Seat/shoulder belt required.

Passengers are not allowed to occupy a seat not designed for a passenger. Passengers are required to have their back against the seatback and can grasp handhold with the seatbelt/safety harness properly fastened.

Off-highway vehicles are not allowed on Cienega Road.

All California Vehicle Code laws pertaining to driving under the influence or open containers of alcohol and marijuana apply to off-highway. DO NOT DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Motor vehicles must stay out of vegetated areas. Stay on designated trails and obey all signs.

Fireworks are prohibited.

Drones are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

Loaded firearms and hunting are not allowed in units of the State Parks System. Possession of loaded firearms or air rifles is prohibited.

Registration: All vehicles operated off-highway on public lands in California are required to be street-licensed or registered as an OHV through the Department of Motor Vehicles and display a current green or red sticker. Funds generated from OHV registration are used for acquisition, development, and operation of OHV areas.

Out of state Off-highway vehicle: If you are visiting California from another state and your vehicle does not have a current registration from your home state, you must purchase a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit before you recreate on public lands. A title sticker or title plate is not registration. For more information, click here.

To read more about OHV laws and safety, please visit our California State Parks OHV Laws/Safety page here.

 

Is the park open?

The park is open 365 days a year including holidays.

The Upper Ranch may be partially or entirely closed for special events. Please click here for a list of current special events and corresponding closures.

Hudner Ranch is subject to seasonal closures due to the adobe soil for safety and to help prevent erosion. Always check conditions on our webpage before arriving.  

 

Does the park have wifi?

The park offers free wifi in the Lower Ranch campgrounds - Bee, Lodge, and Madrone.

 

What happens if I arrive after or before the kiosk has closed/open?

There is an automatic pay machine located in the Lower Ranch at the Ranger Station.

 

Can I reserve a camping space?

Camping is first-come, first-serve. Saving spaces is prohibited.

 

What are your busiest weekends?

Thanksgiving week (fourth Thursday of November) and Easter week. The earlier you arrive, the more likely you will find a camping space or day use parking. During these weeks the park usually reaches capacity and you may be turned away at the gate. Availability of parking is determined by park staff and reserving of spaces is not allowed. Camping and day use is first-come, first serve.  We appreciate your patience during this hectic time of year.

 

Does the park offer rentals?

The park does not provide rentals of any equipment.

 

Are there any speed limits for OHVs?

Yes. The off-highway speed laws are similar to on-highway speed laws in that your speed must be reasonable and prudent for the situation. In addition, you are limited to no more than 15 mph within 50 feet of campsites, animals, or groups of people.  (17)


Is a driver's license required to operate a vehicle off-highway?

No, but if your driving privilege is suspended or revoked, you cannot operate any vehicle either on or off-highway in California.


Is there a size or age limit to operate a vehicle off-highway?

There are specific ROV laws pertaining to ages of operators (ROV FAQ). There is no law that specifies a minimum age to operate other OHVs, but operators of all OHVs must be able to reach and operate all controls. There are safety training and supervision laws for youth operating ATVs that are age specific. Please refer to the ATV Laws section listed below.

 

Can I be arrested for DUI when driving my OHV off-highway?

Yes. The laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs apply throughout California, both on and off-highway. The California Vehicle Code prohibits open alcoholic beverage containers in OHVs, including passengers. 

For more FAQ's, click here.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

The park is open 365 days a year, including holidays.

Click here to our weather monitoring stations. 

The Upper Ranch may be partially or entirely closed for special events. Click here for a list of current special events and corresponding closures.

Areas North-East of the San Andreas Fault (Adobe and Renz in the Lower Ranch, and Hudner Ranch) are subject to seasonal closures due to the adobe soil for public safety and natural resource protection. Always check conditions on our webpage before arriving, or follow us on social media for updates (Facebook & Instagram). 

The park does NOT provide any towing services. Private companies in the area provide recovery serivces for a fee.

The park offers free wifi in the Lower Ranch campgrounds - Bee, Lodge, and Madrone.

Cell service is minimal at best and depends on your provider.

There is an automatic pay machine located in the Lower Ranch at the Ranger Station. Once you've paid your fees, it will provide the gate combination.

Camping is first-come, first-serve. Saving spaces is prohibited.

Thanksgiving week (fourth Thursday of November) and Easter week. The earlier you arrive, the more likely you will find a camping space or day use parking. During these weeks the park usually reaches capacity and you may be turned away at the gate. Availability of parking is determined by park staff and reserving of spaces is not allowed. Camping and day use is first-come, first serve.  We appreciate your patience during this hectic time of year.

If it can legally drive down the California highway, it can fit in any of our campgrounds. However, Bee campground in the Lower Ranch and Sycamore in the Upper Ranch has more trees/obstacles.

You do not need a driver's license, but if your driving privilege is suspended or revoked, you cannot operate any vehicle either on or off-highway in California.

There are specific ROV laws pertaining to ages of operators (ROV FAQ). There is no law that specifies a minimum age to operate other OHVs; children may operate a vehicle as long as they can reach and operate the controls, and are supervised by a licensed adult.

Yes. If you are operating it on lands open and accessible to the public for OHV recreation, whether public or privately owned, it must have either a highway license or an OHV identification sticker issued by DMV. OHV stickers include "Green Stickers," "Red Stickers," and California Nonresident OHV Use Permits.

If you are a resident of another state and your OHV has valid registration from that state, you do not need a Green or Red Sticker or a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit. If your OHV does not have valid registration or the equivalent from your home state, you will need to get a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit. A title is not registration. For states bordering California, the Oregon OHV Permit, the Nevada OHV Registration Decal, and the Arizona OHV Decal meet the requirement for OHV registration by residents of those states.
A non-resident with an OHV from one of these states must purchase the California Nonresident OHV Use Permit to operate on California's public lands.

A non-resident need not purchase California's permit as long as they can provide valid proof that they have a current registration or their home state's equivalent for their OHV. If a nonresident cannot provide valid proof of possessing such a document, they must purchase the California Nonresident OHV Use Permit.