Jawbone Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Open Area
cross-country play to advanced technical routes, the Jawbone OHV Area
offers over 7,000 acres of open-use public land where you can ride
anywhere your skill and machine will take you. Jawbone is also a great
starting point to begin to explore the hundreds of miles of trail
riding opportunities available in this region and outside of the OHV
GETTING THERE: Jawbone Open
Area is located off State Highway (SH) 14, approximately 20 miles north
of the intersection of SH 14 and 58 in the town of Mojave. A left turn
from SH 14 onto Jawbone Canyon Rd., when traveling from the south.
Traveling from the north, it is a right turn onto Jawbone Canyon Rd.
The Jawbone OHV Station is located at the entrance to the Jawbone
Canyon off SH 14. Also, there are 3 vault toilets located in the open
area. Food and fuel are available in the town of Mojave, approximately
30 miles to the south. The nearest medical facilities are located in
the city of Ridgecrest at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital at
760-446-3551, and the Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster at
661-949-5000. BLM Rangers also frequently patrol the OHV area to offer
assistance and information.
STAGING AND CAMPING AREAS:
The entire OHV area and surrounding public lands are open to primitive
camping. Within Jawbone Canyon itself, there are a number of excellent
primitive camping sites and OHV staging/off-loading areas. Most of the
sites within the OHV area are accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles with
Please help BLM preserve California's fragile deserts by parking your vehicles or setting up camp in previously disturbed sites.
TRAIL RIDING OUTSIDE THE OHV AREA:
Outside of the OHV area and within the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of
Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), motorized vehicle use is
restricted to a specific designated road and trail network. All
cross-country travel is prohibited in these areas, and the designated
routes are marked with brown trail markers. You may only use the
designated route network -- all other trails are closed -- even if you
do not see a red closed sign. If you plan on riding in these areas,
obtain a travel map from the Ridgecrest Field Office, the Jawbone OHV
Station, or the California BLM web site bookstore. The maps are
Isabella Lake, Tehachapi, Ridgecrest and Cuddeback Lake.
A map (PDF file, 1.4 megabytes)
of the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern which
includes the Jawbone OHV Area is provided for your reference.
SOME REGULATION INFORMATION: "Green Sticker" OHV registration is mandatory for ALL vehicles which are not "street legal"
from outside the state of California must have a valid
permit/registration from an off-highway vehicle program in your home
state. If you do not have a valid permit/registration from your home
state, you will have to purchase a "Non-Resident OHV Permit" for
California. This sticker can be purchased at the Jawbone OHV Station.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Mojave desert is home to the desert tortoise. Collecting or harassing a desert tortoise is illegal.
BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public
lands, not only within southern California but throughout the west, to
use a propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and
recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on
both the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.
the established hunting seasons, the BLM is encouraging all hunters and
recreational shooters to use lead free nontoxic shot and bullets.
Proven safer, nontoxic shot significantly reduces the risks of
accidental lead poisoning of wildlife and will have minimal impacts on