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Campfire Collective May 5th, 2019

Off-roading in Oregon

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Oregon has a diverse range of OHV riding opportunities. From the High Desert to the Coast Range and everything in between. You can choose between riding in sand dunes, along forest trails, or in the high desert. Here are just a few options available.


Approximately 425,000 acres of forest lands can be found in Clatsop County. The Nicolai Mountain area is managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It is surrounded by private timber companies that do not allow OHVs. There are 30 miles of trails ranging from Easiest to More Difficult. These are open to quads, motorcycles, and side-by-side ATVs. Trails designated open to side-by-side ATVs are limited to 65” in width. They are not open to jeeps and other 4×4 vehicles.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the Clatsop State Forest.


The Blue Mountain OHV trail consists of 60 miles of Easiest to Most Difficult 50′ wide trails. They are designed for Class I and III ATVs. There are three staging areas:

  1. Oregon Campground on Hwy 26. Located along Highway 7 adjacent to the Oregon Campground. The trailhead serves as a midway access area for the Blue Mountain OHV Trail. The recreation area has a parking area, loading ramp, and an accessible vault toilet.
  2. Elk Creek Campground west of Unity. This small streamside campground, situated in a large old growth ponderosa pine forest along Elk Creek. It offers group picnic sites and tent-only campsites.
  3. Blue Springs Summit on County Rd.24. The Blue Spring Summit Snowpark is situated off of the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. This centrally located site is used both as a snowmobile trailhead in the winter months. It is the northern OHV trailhead for the Blue Mountain OHV Trail in the late spring through fall months.


Christmas Valley Sand Dunes is comprised of over 8,000 acres of sand dunes. They range from Easiest to Most Difficult riding opportunities for all classes of OHVs. The dunes are located approximately 80 miles southeast of Bend and 80 miles north of Lakeview, near the town of Christmas Valley.

Lost Forest area to the east has designated BLM roads open for OHV use. As well as camping allowed at 6 designated primitive campsites.


Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Sand dunes and trails offer Easiest to Most Difficult riding for all classes of ATVs. It is located 40 miles of coastline between Florence and Coos Bay. The main access points are at Florence, Winchester Bay, Spinreel and Horsfall.  There are fees for entry and camping.


318 Miles of Easiest to Most Difficult trails for Class I and III. Some roads within the system are not open to ATVs. Groundhog Quarry is mostly used by Class II vehicles. It has a Rock Crawl area designed for Extreme 4×4 use and ranges from Easiest, to Extreme.

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