Stoddard Mountain Road

Total Miles


1,014.81 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Winter, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

This is the main graded trail into the OHV area. It is mostly well-graded with plenty of washboard bumps and mild transition to make life easier for those towing trailers. There is a pit toilet on the way in, and once you pass the quarry, the trail becomes a little more narrow and more whooped out. As the trail gets deeper, it begins to get a little sandy and more vague as to which direction it goes. Eventually, the trail on the map becomes not the route one can take and ends at a small wash that would be difficult to turn around at. If camping with a larger vehicle, one should pick a spot in the wide-open area and not go to the end. There are 2 bars of LTE service, and be cautious of nails and old firepits, lots of broken glass, and shooting trash as this seems to be a popular area for target shooting. There is plenty of wildlife in the area. Desert Coyotes, Desert Fox's, birds of prey, and especially the Desert Tortious.

Photos of Stoddard Mountain Road

Stoddard Mountain Road
Stoddard Mountain Road


Easy grader in the beginning and narrows to a single lane.


Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Stoddard Valley OHV Recreation Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. It is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes.Most area visitors ride motorcycles or ATV/UTVs or tour the area in four-wheel-drive vehicles.The eastern portions of the area and the Stoddard Mountains are considered the most challenging places in the park to ride. The broad expanse of the central valley and southern portions are for the novice and are used to improve the skill of the rider. There are areas to the west of the Slash X entrance that become a challenge for the intermediate rider. This 53,000-acre open riding area will offer a challenge to every degree of expertise and type of vehicle from the motocross racers to the beginning Quad rider. Four-wheel drive clubs offer events in this area because it has a diverse landscape and a riding experience for everyone. Know Before You GoThe desert tortoise, a state and federally listed threatened species is found within the riding area.DEEP MINE SHAFTS EXIST IN THE RIDING AREA! PLEASE AVOID THESE AREAS AND STAY AWAY FROM MINE SHAFTS!Out of State Vehicles: OHV users must comply with all California rules and regulations governing Off-Highway vehicles. Please see below for a partial list of key regulations and visit the California OHV Page for more information.Weather: The area is hot and arid, with summer high temperatures ranging from 100 to 120 degrees F. Winter low temperatures may drop below freezing with highs in the 70's. Typical of the desert, winds are frequent and strong, and humidity is generally low.Off-Highway Vehicle UseThe following partial list of regulations and tips should help OHV users and other recreationists appreciate and enjoy the use of these public lands.OHVs owned by California residents must be registered with the California DMV and must display a valid "Green Sticker" or "Red Sticker".If you are NOT a resident of California and your OHV is not registered in your home state, you are required to have a NON-RESIDENT Green Sticker OHV permit.On the ground, motorized vehicles should yield to non-motorized craft and aircraft.OHVs must be equipped with an approved muffler, brakes, and spark arrester.It is illegal for anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to operate an OHV.It is illegal to bring, dispose of, or possess any glass container, empty or not, within the open area.It is illegal to bring, dispose of, or possess any firewood containing nails, screws or other metal hardware within the open area.NO PALLETS!It is illegal to possess and/or discharge fireworks.Persons on an ATV under 14 years of age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.All persons regardless of age, who operate an ATV on Public Lands must wear an approved safety helmet; Carrying passengers is prohibited on ATVs; Remember--Safety First, Every Ride, Every Time!

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