Motorcycle & ATV Recreation - Hollister Hills

Red Sticker Operation is from OCTOBER 1 through MAY 31 at Hollister Hills.
Click here to learn more about red sticker riding season.

Areas North-East of the San Andreas Fault (Adobe and Renz) 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. Click here for a map outlining these areas.

Park Hours/ Vehicle Operation Hours: sunrise to sunset. Park is open 365 days a year including holidays.

Current Conditions (Updated Daily) Hollister Hills Weather Monitoring Station

Welcome to the Lower Ranch at Hollister Hills
 State Vehicular Recreation Area

Motorcycle and ATV Area

This 3,300-acre area, set aside for motorcycle and ATV use only, has about 128 miles of trails and several hill climbs. Additional OHV opportunities include a vintage track, two practice motocross tracks, ATV track, TT track, intermediate kids track, beginner area, and a track for bikes and ATV’s with an engine size of 90cc or less. Next to Walnut and Lodge Camps there are two children’s areas set aside only for smaller motorcycles and ATVs with an engine size under 90cc.

Renz Ranch is located within the Lower Ranch, this 1,600-acre property features predominately single track trails complete with frequent grade changes and rolling trail contours. This unique topography is due to being located on the North American tectonic plate and is mostly consistent of adobe soils.

Renz and Adobe areas are subject to seasonal closures due to the adobe soil for public safety and erosion control/ natural resource protection. Check ahead of time on our website or follow us on social media for updates (Facebook & Instagram). The Granitic Area is always open. For a map of these areas, click here.

 

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.

Grazing: For many years Hollister Hills SVRA has relied on holistic cattle grazing in the buffer areas as a tool used for resource management including invasive species suppression and to minimize the severity of wildfires through fuel reduction. These important resource management practices will continue with public access to Mudstone Ranch through coordination of park staff and the cattle grazing operator.

Free ASI (ATV) training to youth 6-17 years of age. Hollister Hills Off Road Association (HHORA) offers free MSF (motorcycle) training to all ages. For more information contact Cheryl Ashton at  (831) 638-3386 or cheryl.ashton@parks.ca.gov

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

Camping is offered for dirt biking and atv recreation only in the Lower Ranch. Four campgrounds are available - Walnut, Lodge, Bee, and Madrone. For more information on camping, please 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, 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.

  • ATV’s and motorcycles are only allowed in the Lower Ranch.
  • 96-decibels is the sound limit for bikes and ATV’s.
  • U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestor. For more information, please click here.
  • ATV’s must wear helmets.
  • ATV’s NO double riding.
  • ATV operators under the age of 18 must possess an appropriate safety certificate or be supervised by an adult who possess a safety certificate.
  • 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.
  • 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 OHV: If a bike has current registration in a state with an Off-Highway Vehicle Program, then registration requirements do not apply. If the bike is registered to a state that does NOT offer an OHV Program, then the bike must have a Non-Resident Sticker. Non-Resident Stickers can be purchased at the Kiosk for $30. For more information and about nonresident ORV permits, please click here.
  • Spark arresters: each OHV must have a U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrester in good working order and in place at all times.
  • To read more about OHV laws and safety, please visit our California State Parks OHV Laws/Safety page here.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Click here to our weather monitoring stations. 

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). (click here to view a map of these areas.)

The park does not provide rentals of any equipment.

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.

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.

Yes, located in the day use area and Madrone campground.

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