Spangler Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area
Spangler Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area (OHV) offers over 57,000 acres
of open public land where you can ride anywhere your skill and machine
will take you.
Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Opportunities:
The Spangler OHV Area provides a wide variety of riding opportunities
including cross country play, trail riding, advanced technical routes,
4-wheel drive trails, and Enduro, Technique Trials, European Scramble
and Hare Hound competitive events. The area provides an uncrowded
riding opportunity in the Western Mojave Desert three hours north of
To Get There... From the
south, use US 395 to the town of Red Mountain and then take the
Trona-Red Mountain Road 7 miles north to the boundary of the OHV area.
Teagle Wash, a great place to unload and begin your riding, is another 2 miles north.
the City of Ridgecrest, take the Trona-Red Mountain Road from SR 178.
Spangler can also be accessed from within the City of Ridgecrest by
traveling south approximately 3 miles on College Heights Boulevard to
the OHV area north boundary.
Food and fuel are available in Ridgecrest. The nearest medical
facilities are also located in Ridgecrest at the Ridgecrest Regional
Hospital, telephone 760-446-3551. BLM Rangers also frequently patrol
the OHV Area to offer assistance and information.
The most popular staging area is Teagle Wash, located east of the
Trona-Red Mountain Road on BLM Route RM143. This site provides a large
area for camping, unloading, free play and staging competitive events.
other staging areas are the Searles Station Area, located approximately
2 miles east of US 395 via the Searles Station Cutoff Road and Wagon
Wheel, located 5 miles south of SR 178 on the Trona-Red Mountain Road.
Both of these sites are accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles and offer
excellent opportunities for unloading for a day of riding or primitive
camping for a weekend.
The Spangler map is not to scale use for reference only. (PDF 1.4 megabytes)
Rules and Regulations:
is permitted anywhere in the open area, but is limited to a maximum of
14 days. The draining of holding tanks is prohibited.
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 no valid permit/registration in your home state, you will
have to purchase a "Non-Resident OHV Permit" for California.
Vehicles must have legal headlights and taillights if they are used at night.
All commercial or competitive OHV use requires a permit.
Spangler Hills are home to the Desert Tortoise. Collecting tortoises is
prohibited. Please avoid handling or disturbing these desert creatures.
Pack out all garbage and litter, keep the area clean for your next visit.
The BLM encourages all 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. Please help
the BLM protect our desert wildlife, and their fragile desert
During 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 the environment.
Although this is an open area, please park or set up camp in previously disturbed sites.
Map Information: Desert Access Guides, Ridgecrest and Cuddeback Lake provide additional and useful information.