Winding paths through twisted forests, open dunes on a sandy beach, treacherous trails around foreboding mountains… Oregon off-roaders have access to it all! Whether you prefer your off-road adventure to take place in a controlled environment such as a park, on the open road, or in a state forest, the Beaver State offers it up in droves. Read on for five of the coolest ATV spots anywhere in Oregon.
The Morrow-Grant County Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park is one of the best. Various trails are available and open to Class I, II, III, and IV vehicles with differing difficulties depending on the trail. While one trail might experience rain and therefore have mud and moisture, another might stay dry and powdery. Besides the trails, a mud pit opens regularly, but make sure to call or check the website before coming by to make sure it’s open. Other amenities include restrooms/showers, a barbecue, fishing pond, playground, day use area, hiking trails, campsites, water, and more.
The Prospect OHV Trail System in Prospect, Oregon, is known for its incredible woods riding. With over 200 miles of trails throughout the system with lots of unique terrain, including loose dirt, mud, dust, rocks, trees, and more, the trails are beautiful and an absolute must-visit. Perfect for amateurs, the trails aren’t particularly difficult, but shouldn’t be attempted by brand-new riders. Make sure to stop by the trail known as “The Maze,” which is “a fast smooth and narrow twisty that winds through the trees near the staging areas…it’s so fun we blasted it twice.”
Crooked Finger offers 12 miles of moderately challenging ATV riding on 600 acres. Ride through the forest throughout the year and visit the nearby Camp Dakota. Situated on 45 acres, Camp Dakota is located in the Western Cascade foothills and offers yurt rentals, RV sites, tent sites, teepee rentals, cabin sites, zip lining, high ropes, paint ball, treasure hunting, and disc golf.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is part of the larger Siuslaw National Forest and has over 40 miles of sand dune trails. Cruise through tree islands, dunes, plains, and beaches on your favorite off-road vehicle. Six unique areas, including the South Jetty Area, Siltcoos Area, Oregon Dunes Day Use, Tahkenitch Area, Umpqua Dunes Area, and Spinreel to Horsfall Area comprise the entire recreation park, each with their own unique activities, trails, and hazards. Make sure to check a map and the weather before heading out. Consider camping along the trails to make a full weekend of it.
Part of the greater Siuslaw National Forest, the Sand Lake Recreation Area is known for its 1,076 acres of open sand dunes, forests, and view of the Pacific Ocean. The entire area is open to OHV riders, providing untold possibilities for a motor-fueled weekend. Campground access and day areas are both available year-round. Make sure to keep up with the most recent Oregon regulations before stopping by, as they are all strictly enforced. Class I, II, and III vehicles are welcome. Take note: Sand Lake is one of the most popular OHV sites in the state, and will likely be busy. Arrive early to get the most out of your trip.
*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.