With a diverse terrain of dirt, sand, mud, and more, Nevada offers some of the best off-roading excitement in the country. Below you’ll find five of the coolest places to escape for the weekend behind the wheel of your favorite ATV, and discover Nevada’s beautiful wilderness.
Make a weekend camping and off-roading trip to the Water Canyon Recreation Area just above the town of Winnemucca, Nevada. A frequent stop for hikers, picnickers, bikers, and off-roaders, the canyon is home to lush and diverse flora and fauna. ATV use is limited and available only in certain areas, so make sure to double check the website before climbing the 2,000 feet to the recreation area to ensure you’re headed to the correct location.
Travel along the Hunter Lake Trail for a 13.7-mile, lakeside view. Be warned: The elevation gain is staggering, coming in at just over 3,000 feet. Hunter Lake Trail is viewed as one of the more difficult trails, especially among those near the Toiyabe National Forest. The terrain is loose and gravely, making it easier to get stuck in the road. But if you’re an experienced off-roader looking for a challenge, look no further.
Come on out to Mojave Road near Laughlin, Nevada, for a 117-mile, moderately difficult off-roading trail. The elevation gain is even larger than along the Hunter lake Trail, at over 8,500 feet. Riders are in for a moderate descent, water crossings, dry lake beds, and a long journey from point to point. Due to high temperatures with summer weather often hitting three digits, it is recommended to take the Mojave Road during November through March.
Experienced off-roaders have a nearly endless assortment of trails to choose from, but the Jumbo Grade Trail is perfect for riders of all skill levels, including beginners. This looped trail covers around 14 miles and is used for hiking, horseback riding, dog walking, as well as off-roading. The trail is pretty straight forward without too many hazards, which makes it perfect for a new rider to get their bearings. Make sure to check the weather before heading out, as it can get pretty toasty on a summer day.
The very first Las Vegas ATV tour company, Adrenaline ATV Tours offers the best in vehicles and terrain. Tour rates start at $110 per person. One of their most significant trips is the ATV Las Vas Tour Polaris ACE 900 XC. Guides take riders on a three-hour tour through Vegas’ Valley of Fire. This Polaris ACE is one of the best vehicles on the market, and is brand new as of 2017.
*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.