If you are an avid ATV rider who lives in Southern California, you are in luck as there are countless great riding opportunities out there just waiting to be had. It does not matter if you are an expert at off-road riding, or are just starting out, there is something for everyone. When considering which trails to ride on, take into account the difficulty of the trail, and how accessible it is. Many trails are well off the beaten path and need four-wheel drive pickups to get your ATV to the staging areas.
The best, and most popular place to ride ATVs in Southern California is the San Bernardino National Forest. The Off-Highway Vehicle system in the forest is regarded as one of the best in the state, and many of these routes are open for ATV use. Popular ATV routes include North Lake Arrowhead, east of Big Bear and Cajon Pass. If this will be your first trip into the San Bernardino National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle system, make sure you are familiar with the rules and regulations. ATVs are not permitted on all trails and some trails are only open for certain months out of the year, so plan ahead so your trip goes smoothly without incident.
For Beginners and Experts Alike
If you are a more experienced rider and want more of a challenge, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one you should check out. It features 68 miles of marked and rated trails of all difficulty levels for your enjoyment. Terrain includes everything from easy and wide sections of packed dirt, to very challenging areas of soft, sandy hills that will challenge even the most experienced riders. An Adventure Pass is required to use the venue, so make sure to get that taken care of before you take your journey.
For novice riders just getting their feet wet, there is no better place than the Black Springs OHV Network. Featuring over 100 miles of fast, wide and smooth forest roads and trails, Black Springs is perfect for a new rider to get accustomed to his or her machine. Crowds are normally not an issue, and the campsites are good quality and are also free to use when the park is open in the summer months.
Thrill seekers who prefer flying off jumps and doing tricks instead of tackling tough terrain will love the Competitive Edge MX Park in Hesperia. This venue features six well maintained tracks, and all are individually fenced to increase safety. Course difficulty ranges from beginner all the way up to the professional level, making Competitive Edge a great place to take your first jumps on your ATV. Five of the tracks are open to the public year round, and the sixth is available to those who hold a current AMA or FIM Pro license. Camping and campfires are permitted in designated areas as well.
As you can see, no matter what type of activities you want to experience on your ATV or at your skill level, Southern California is where you want to be for the best riding around. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy yourself.
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