Nevada’s public lands offer unlimited off-roading adventures. Sand, dirt, creeks, or even mud, Nevada has a trail or backcountry byway for you.
While in northern Nevada check out Peavine Mountain in Reno, the Comstock Historic District of the Virginia City/Dayton area, and Sand Mountain near Fallon, a 4,795-acre recreation area made up of large white sand dunes. If rural Nevada is more your speed try Maggie Creek outside of Carlin, the open riding at the Winnemucca Sand Dunes, or the plethora of trails that make up the Yerington Trails. Just outside of the bright lights and neon of Las Vegas in southern Nevada, you’ll find 5 square miles of dunes at Amargosa Big Dune, the Logandale Trail System, and the Nellis Dunes.
With 111,000 square miles of varied terrain, Nevada’s backcountry is laden with byways for you to ride. In northern Nevada, try the muddy roads of the Fort Churchill to Wellington Backcountry Byway, the 93-mile loop of the Surprise Valley/Barrel Springs Backcountry Byway or fantastic mountain views on the Buckhorn Backcountry Byway. Try off-roading in rural Nevada on the Lovelock Cave Backcountry Byway which crosses the Humboldt River, the Mount Wilson Backcountry Byway outside of Pioche, or the Lunar Crater Backcountry Byway near Tonopah. While in Las Vegas ride the Bitter Springs Trail Backcountry Byway along the Muddy Mountains, see petroglyphs along the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, and view gorgeous red sandstone at the Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway.
Whether you take a leisurely ATV ride through fall foliage in the mountains or experience the rush of riding through dried up river beds on your dirt bike, off-roading in Nevada will turn your adventure into the experience of a lifetime.