When you live in the high desert, one thing you don’t lack is a dirt road. Reno Tahoe is the perfect location to put your car in 4-wheel-drive, unload your ATV or Dirt Back and leave a cloud of dust behind. We are also a part of the nationally-televised Lucas Off Road Racing Series where spectators watch all of the high-flying action from their seats in the grandstands. The best part of off-roading is the freedom to go where ever you want, but we will list a few of our favorite trails below.
This is a 30-mile loop that takes you from Boomtown then up and over a portion of the Toiyabe National Forest, with a total elevation gain of around 3,500 vertical feet. The ride is a combination of maintained fire roads with a descent on a very rugged (barely passable) road with some big, fast hits. The route takes you past Big Meadow to Hunter Lake, then back down to Reno.
Numerous trails cover this high-desert terrain, which is a popular spot for Reno OHVers, especially since the trails are easily accessible from the city limits. Be sure to watch out for mountain bikers or hikers in this diverse, multi-use area.
On your way to or from Virginia City from Reno, ditch the paved highway and take this 3-mile long twisty, scenic, all dirt road off of Geiger Grade. The trail is also frequently used by equestrians so watch for horseback riders and dogs.
This 14-mile loop trail is located near Washoe Valley and will offer incredible views of the valley. This area is perfect for ATVs, dirt bikes, 4x4s and more.
With an abundance of public land in Nevada, there really is an endless amount of roads available to put a little mud on your tires, and half the fun is finding your own path. Before hitting the trails around Reno Tahoe, make sure to follow the rules of the (off) road and keep these safety tips in mind:
To learn more about riding smart and off-roading areas in northern Nevada, visit the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicles Program website.
Be sure to upload your photos on social media using #RenoTahoe so we can follow along on your off-roading adventure!