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Recreation - Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas:
Kern County

Dove Springs Off-Highway Vehicle Area

From 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 SR14 and SR58 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.

Food 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.

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.

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.

If 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.

"Green Sticker" OHV registration is mandatory for ALL vehicles which are not "street legal".

Visitors 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 tail lights if they are used at night.

The Mojave desert is home to the desert tortoise. Collection or harassing the desert tortoise is illegal.

The 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.

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