Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) are motorized land vehicles mostly used for recreation purposes. As the name suggests, an OHV is usually not legal to operate on public highways, streets, or roads. An OHV is instead driven on public or private authorized trails, beaches, open fields, or in the desert. All terrain vehicles (ATV’s), off-road motorcycles or dirt bikes, dune buggies, snow mobiles, and 4-wheel drive vehicles, such as jeeps and trucks, can all be defined as OHV’s. When off-roading, all vehicles must meet DMV standards for approved muffler (96dBA max.) with spark arrestor and current registration.

OHV’s such as motorcycles and ATV’s must also be equipped with approved muffler (96dBa max.) with spark arrestor and have valid green sticker or red sticker registration properly positioned on vehicle. Also, remember, it’s a state law that requires all ATV riders to wear an approved helmet. Please follow all rules and regulations of each respective park, trail, and staging area. Show respect and consideration for the natural and built environment, and other park, trail, and staging area users. Above all, recreate safely and enjoy the adventure!

OHV Resources

Monthly OHV Meetings attended by Parks and Recreation OHV Planner

  • Friends of El Mirage ( Meeting held at the El Mirage OHV Area Visitor Center every second Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Meeting attended by Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Land Sailing Association, OHV interests, State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR), division staff, and the general public.
  • California Trail Users Coalition ( Meeting held the third Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 3550 Foothill Blvd. within the City of Glendale. Meeting attended by Angeles National Forest representatives for non-motorized and motorized interests, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department representatives, four-wheel drive organizations, Concerned Off Road Bike Association (CORBA), equestrian interests, hiking and running interests – Annual Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run organizers, and the general public.

OHV Parks

State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division
Hungry Valley (gorman) State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)

Angeles National Forest (ANF)
Angeles Nation Forest OHV Areas – includes Rowher Flats, Drinkwater, San Gabriel Canyon, Littlerock, etc.

  • TIP: San Gabriel Canyon OHV area is permitted by agreement with the County of Los Angeles Flood Control District, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Angeles National Forest who manage the site).
  • UPDATE: DPR funded the new four wheel drive obstacle course and ATV training area just past the entrance to the San Gabriel Canyon OHV area. The obstacle course was designed and constructed by the California Trail Users Coalition (CTUC).

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
El Mirage OHV Park – managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Local Agency (City or County) OHV Parks
Local OHV Parks

Privately owned and/or operated OHV Parks

OHV Staging Areas, Roads, and Trails

  • Rincon-Shortcut USFS OHV Route – (Special no-fee permit required)
  • Indian Canyon Trailhead USFS OHV Trail Staging Area – Provides access to the Pacific Crest trail (equestrian and hiking only), and OHV roads.

UPGRADE: Department of Parks and Recreation funded the Angeles National Forest to provide: fenced parking areas, an OHV (Motorcycle/ATV) loading/unloading ramp, vault toilet, shade ramada, and table for recreational users at the Indian Canyon Staging Area also used by Pacific Crest Trail equestrian and hiking users.

Safety & Training

OHV Training/education Organizations and Sites

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