Jawbone OHV Recreation Awaits

By Abbey Hood

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


Since 1998, Friends of Jawbone has worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management in managing the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs off-road areas. The Friends of Jawbone staffs the beautiful, state-of-the-art Jawbone Station Visitors center 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our knowledgeable staff fields questions on everything from traveling the area, to where to camp, to where and how to get supplies. The Jawbone Station Visitors Center houses interpretive displays about the native flora and fauna of the Mojave Desert, the history of the area, and general information about the Mojave Desert. The attached bookstore carries an inventory of specially selected books that includes hard-to-find trail books, maps, Western history books, and a children’s book section.

Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs are the places for family friendly and safe Off-Highway Vehicle recreation in the Mojave Desert thanks to Friends of Jawbone, the BLM, other local agencies, and many more groups and individuals. The frequently updated Friends of Jawbone trail map helps guide visitors safely through even the most remote areas around Jawbone Canyon. Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs Open Areas offer plenty of open camping and riding opportunities to popular local destinations like Randsburg, Bickle Camp, and the world-famous Burro Schmidt tunnel. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that families flock to Jawbone Canyon each year to escape the pressures of city life and spend a few days cruising remote desert roads on their off-highway vehicle!

If you are looking for a new place to recreate you need look no further. With single track trails, ATV trails, challenging 4-wheel-drive trails, and plenty of hiking and equestrian opportunities, the greater Jawbone Canyon area offers something for everyone. The Jawbone Station Visitors center, and Jawbone Canyon Open Area, are located just south of Red Rock Canyon State Park, off Highway 14.


This could be your view during your next off-highway adventure at Jawbone Canyon. SUBMITTED PHOTO


A biker speeds down the hill at Jawbone. SUBMITTED PHOTO