A pack of Jeeps traverse the Nightmare Gulch Loop located in Red Rock Canyon State Park. FILE PHOTO/REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
The mountains and high deserts all along scenic US Highway 395 are crisscrossed by a network of officially designated roads and trails for use by off-highway vehicles, or OHVs. Many lead to remote campsites, historic abandoned mines, popular hiking trails, and other marvels of the California backcountry. Recreation enthusiasts and their families from around the world enjoy these roads and trails year-round with their Jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, quads, UTVs, and snowmobiles.
There also exist other roads and trails that are closed to motorized use, and it is your responsibility to know which are open and closed. Finding yourself on a closed road can earn you a court fine, and even result in your vehicle being impounded. How can you be sure to stay on the right trail? The answer is easy – download the free OwlsheadGPS mobile OHV map app to your smart phone.
The OwlsheadGPS OHV map app brings over 57,000 miles of backcountry roads and trails to the palm of your hand. Covering the entire state of California, this is by far the most comprehensive depiction of legal, designated OHV roads and trails you can get. Routes are color-coded for vehicle type, and you can view layers showing military, wilderness, national park and OHV area lands. You can also record and view your favorite rides, drop waypoints, and flag your favorite trails. Most importantly, the OwlsheadGPS OHV map app lets you download and store routes and maps so you can stay on the trail even where there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
The OwlsheadGPS OHV map app is produced by Friends of Jawbone, who also operate the BLM Jawbone Station Visitor Center located along Highway 14 north of Mojave in Eastern Kern County. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including holidays, the Visitor Center features a Gift Shop with specially selected items including hard-to- find outdoor travel and nature guides, trail maps, Western history books, and children’s books.
A biker speeds down the hill at Jawbone. SUBMITTED PHOTO