Elko, Nevada Off Road Trails

Of all the reasons to visit Elko, Nevada, our off-roading trails and easy access to wide open spaces for for backcountry 4WD enthusiasts may be among the most compelling. From a day of riding ATVs through ghost towns near Merritt Mountain to four-wheeling through the dramatic scenery of the Ruby Mountains, there’s something for all off-road adventurers, regardless of skill level.

Below, you’ll find a complete guide to the OHV/ATV trails along with 4WD recreation areas to explore on your next trip to Northeastern Nevada. Each area is detailed with distance from Elko, services available in the area and descriptions of what you’ll find on your next off-road trip.

Off Highway/ATV Guide
4WD Guide

Off Highway Vehicle & ATV Trails

Harrison Pass and Corral Creek

Discover sweeping vistas of the Ruby Valley and Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge from overlooks perched on summits. There are multiple trails at the top of Harrison Pass (7,247 feet) for all levels of riding.

Distance from Elko: 42 miles (67.2 km)
Services: None available, limited services available in Jiggs (5 miles/8.35 km)
Skill Level: All

Stag Mountain, Charleston And Jarbidge

Explore one of the most remote areas in Northern Nevada. The Jarbidge Mountains form a diamond shape, with eight of their peaks over 10,000 feet. Stag Mountain is a day trip. Charleston and Jarbidge require overnight camping.

Distance from Elko: 40 miles (64.4 km)
Services: None available; all services available in Elko
Skill Level: All

School and Sherman Creek

Historically ranching country, the trails around School and Sherman Creek provide plenty of wildlife viewing and scenic meadows.


Distance from Elko:
65 miles (104.7 km)

Services:
None available; limited services available in Jiggs (28 miles/45 km)
Skill Level: All

Merritt Mountain

Merritt Mountain is located north of Elko and east of Wildhorse Reservoir. Rich in historic mining culture as well as beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, Merritt is found near the ghost town of Patsville and Rio Tinto.

Distance from Elko: 85 Miles (138 km)
Services: All services available in Elko
Skill Level: All

Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain is approximately one hour east of Elko and will serve any skills of the riders who choose to venture there. Please respect the traces of America’s past while visiting this historic area with old mining towns.

Distance from Elko: 87 miles (145.3 km)
Services: All services in Wells 37 miles (61.8 km)
Skill Level: All

Nevada Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) Trails

Harrison Pass

Located at the south end of the Ruby Mountains, these 4W trails will provide ample opportunity for wildlife viewing and scenic mountain vistas.

Distance from Elko: 65 miles (104.7 km)
Services: None available
Skill Level: All

Coal Mine Canyon

Just northeast of Elko, this well maintained dirt road provides access to several interesting 4WD trails. Plenty of rolling canyon driving makes this area fun to explore.

Distance from Elko: 12 miles (19.3 km)
Services: All services available in Elko
Skill Level: All

Spruce Mountain

Located south of Wells on U.S. Highway 93, the roads wind through varied terrain offering wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic vistas.

Distance from Elko: 87 miles (145.3 km)
Services: All services available in Wells
Skill Level: All

Merritt Mountain

Located north of Elko and east of Wildhorse Reservoir, explore rich historic mining culture as well as beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife just near the ghost towns of Patsville and Rio Tinto.

Distance from Elko: 85 Miles (138 km)
Services: All services available in Elko
Skill Level: All

Maggie Creek

Accessible both from Carlin and State Route 226, this county road is maintained gravel and dirt and very accessible by a sport utility vehicle. This route travels through a nice variety of mining and ranching areas along Maggie Creek. Plenty of wildlife is usually visible from the road.

Distance from Elko: 26 miles (42 km)
Services: All services available in Carlin, limited services along route.
Skill Level: All

Nevada OHV Trail Maps

The Off-Road Nevada website serves as an official resource for off-highway vehicle trails, offering maps and guidelines for riders in Nevada’s outback. The links below detail the best times and routes for your next off-roading adventure.

Ruby Mountain OHV Trails
City of Elko OHV Streets
Northern Elko County OHV Trails
All Nevada OHV Trails