Offroad Riding and OHV Parks of Northern California

BY Road Rider MCA - August 22nd, 2015

Motocross Tracks


Distance From San Jose: ~1 mile/5 mins

It takes dedication and a love for the sport to keep a motocross track open in the heart of San Jose, but that’s what you get from the folks at 408MX. 408MX offers a meticulously groomed track, and a supportive, safe, and fun atmosphere for riders of all levels. Road Rider is fortunate to call 408MX our Monterey Road ‘neighbor’.

344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111  MAP

(408) 595-0901


Argyll MX

Distance From San Jose: ~100 miles/1 hour 45 mins

Argyll has one main track and a kids’ track, comprised of a mixture of clay and sand. Only stock exhausts are allowed and the park is open for riding on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dixon, CA 95620  MAP

(925) 308-4814


Club Moto

Distance From San Jose: ~50 miles/55 mins

Club Moto is currently open for riding on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (call to confirm) for all levels. The loamy dirt is well groomed and the track configuration is regularly altered to keep things interesting. It features a main track and a mini track for youngsters. Loud pipes are not allowed.

Hwy 580, Livermore, CA 94551  MAP



Offroad Trail Parks

(Call or check park websites for red sticker season dates; green sticker bikes allowed all year)

Metcalf Motorcycle County Park

Distance From San Jose: ~10 miles/20 mins

You don’t have to drive far to get a wholesome mid-week or weekend moto fix. Metcalf offers 12 miles of main trails, 8 miles of single track, a hill climb area, practice/beginner’s oval, mini mx track, and even a trials course. It’s open all year and closed every Tuesday and Wednesday.

300 Metcalf Rd, San Jose, CA 95138  MAP

(408) 226-5223


Hollister Hills SVRA

Distance From San Jose: ~50 miles/1 hour 5 mins

Hollister Hills is the closest large offroad park to the South Bay, and offers over a hundred miles of trails, a TT and motocross track, and camping facilities, and is open seven days a week for motorcycles, ATVs, and 4x4s.

7800 Cienega Rd, Hollister, CA 95023  MAP

(831) 637-8186


Carnegie SVRA

Distance From San Jose: ~50 miles/1 hour 5 mins

Carnegie is an offroad paradise with an extensive web of varied trails and terrain. Four different motocross tracks are available to accommodate every age and skill level. First-come, first-serve camping is available; the park is open seven days a week.

18600 Corral Hollow Rd, Tracy, CA 95376  MAP

(925) 447-9027


Prairie City SVRA

Distance From San Jose: ~150 miles/2 hours 30 mins

Just outside of Sacramento, Prairie City is home to the famous national championship Hangtown MX track, as well as smaller motocross tracks for a variety of ages and skill levels, and many, mostly beginner and intermediate offroad trails. Prairie City is closed on Wednesdays.

13300 White Rock Rd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742  MAP

(916) 985-8521


Frank Raines OHV Park

Distance From San Jose: ~50 miles/2 hours

Frank Raines is a very hot and dry park, and can therefore be quite rutted and challenging. It’s usually closed during the summer months because of the high fire risk, so check the website before you go. Camping is available and the park is open seven days a week during the open season.

17802 Del Puerto Canyon Rd, Patterson, CA 95363  MAP

(209) 525-6750


Riding On National Park Lands

Thousands of miles of National Park land trails are accessible by OHVs (Off-Highway Vehicles) and dual sport bikes, and getting off the beaten track on two wheels in National Park land is an unforgettable way to explore our beautiful state. You’ll find stunning landscapes and solitude a few hours out of the Bay Area at El Dorado, Tahoe, Mendocino, Stanislaus, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests in Northern California. Check the individual park websites for information about OHV areas, restrictions, and seasonal closures.

You’ll find a good starting point and reference for California National Park OHV areas on the CA.GOV website here.


Riding On BLM Land

If you’ve exhausted all the local offroad parks, ridden your knobbies off in a few National Parks, and you’re hungry for something new to explore, BLM land offers expansive and epic offroad opportunities, as well. Check the Bureau of Land Management website for a list of areas in California that allow OHVs.

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