Dove Springs Off-Highway Vehicle Area
cross-country play in the sandy bowl to steep hill climbs, the Dove
Springs OHV area offers over 5,000 acres of open-use public land for
you to enjoy. The Dove Springs bowl is also a great starting point to
begin to explore the hundreds of miles of trail riding opportunities
available in this region.
The Dove Springs OHV Area is located off State Route 14, just north of
Red Rock Canyon State Park, approximately 30 miles north of the
intersection of State Routes 14 and 58 in the town of Mojave. The
entrance to Dove Springs OHV area is located on SC 94. traveling from
the south, make a left turn from SR 14 onto SC 94. Traveling from the
north, make a right turn onto SC 94.
There are 2 vault toilets at Dove Springs, no other facilities or
services are available. However, the Jawbone Station, approximately 5
miles to the south, can provide you with information and maps.
and fuel are available in the town of Mojave, approximately 30 miles to
the south. The nearest medical facilities are located in 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 the Dove Springs area there are numerous camping and
OHV staging/offloading areas.
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, motorized vehicles 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 don't see a red closed sign.
you plan on riding in these area, obtain a travel map from the
Ridgecrest Field Office, Jawbone OHV Station, or California BLM website
bookstore. The Desert Access Guide maps are Isabella Lake, Tehachapi,
Cuddeback Lake and Ridgecrest.
A map (PDF file, 1.4 megabytes)
of the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern,
which includes the Dove Springs OHV area is provided for your reference.
ADDITIONAL 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.
Vehicles must have legal headlights and taillights if they are used at night.
The Mojave desert is home to the desert tortoise. Collection or harassing the 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.