Dave Maxwell
Road signs like this mark the location where a person can join up with one of the Silver State OHV trails in Nevada. This one is just over the Oak Springs Summit on U.S. 93.

Off-road trail riding will soon be in season. At their latest meeting, the Lincoln County Regional Development Authority (LCRDA) discussed finding out more about whether the well-known Silver State Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail was still being used and about marketing opportunities to promote it even more.

LCRDA executive director Jeff Fontaine reported that the Lincoln County section of the trail, designated in the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, is the only congressionally designated OHV trail, a way to see real Nevada and real adventure.

He noted the trail goes from 4,000 feet in elevation to 7,500 feet, not in Lincoln County only, but all through the southern part of the state, from Carson City south to Pahrump, and eastward to Coyote Springs and Pioche. About 260 miles of trails are included in the Lincoln County section.

Official publications regarding the Silver State OHV Trail note that much of Nevada is designated as “open range,” which means that there are no fences in many places and it is the responsibility of the traveler, or biker, to avoid meandering animals, be it cattle, antelope, sheep, and wild horses (especially at night). Publications warn that cell service can be spotty at best or nonexistent.

When developed, the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLAMA) Parks and National Areas Grant money was used to plan and construct the trail.

Fontaine reported that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fact Sheet describes the Silver State Trail as, “backcountry’s off-roading at its best.”

He noted a couple of maps, including the BLM Ely District’s map which is available at the Shady Motel in Caliente.

Fontaine is continuing to work on getting updates on usage and amenities and expects there will be opportunities to improve the trail, in particular efforts by the Nevada Commission on Off Highway Vehicles and Commission on Tourism.

Jay Schofield, of the LCRDA, asked about improving trailheads and campgrounds for OHV riders and opportunities for businesses to provide service for gas and other things.

Ben Rowley said there are such opportunities for marketing and trailhead facilities and said he would bring the idea to the attention of the Lincoln County Authority of Tourism.

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