Let’s Ride! 2014 California Red Sticker Riding Season Opens Statewide

nv415147_0Yesterday was a good day for many dirt bike enthusiasts as the remaining swath of Off Highway Vehicle Areas (OHVA) in California opened up for dirt bikes and other vehicles marked with red stickers. The red and green sticker program was established by the California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Motor Vehicles in an effort to limit the effects of air pollution caused by Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) that do not meet emission standards applicable for California OHV riding areas. In order for California residents to operate their OHV on public lands they must register the vehicle with the DMV which will issue either a red or green sticker based on the vehicle. The registration fee is $52 and both the red and green stickers are valid for two years after purchase.

red-stickerDesignating vehicles as green sticker enables those vehicles to operate in all California OHV riding areas year round with no restrictions. In order for any 2003 model year or newer OHV to get a green sticker it must be in compliance with CARB emission guidelines from the manufacturer. All OHVs prior to 2002 are considered green sticker eligible. Typically dirt bikes and ATVs intended by the manufacturer for mostly trail type/non-competitive riding will meet green sticker emissions.

891px-Map_of_California_outline.svgRed sticker OHVs are model year 2003 and newer that are not in compliance with California OHV emissions. You can identify a red sticker OHV by looking at its VIN number. If there is a “C” or a “3” in the eighth position of the VIN then it is a red sticker model. Most race or track oriented dirt bikes and ATVs will fall into the red sticker category.

California’s OHVAs are broken up into three governmental designations: State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the United States Forest Services (USFS). Each OHVA is subject to different seasonal guidelines for red sticker vehicles. There are 44 OHVAs that are open year round. The remaining areas are seasonal, with six of the areas opening at the beginning of September, and the remaining 43 opening on October 1. Below is a list outlining the red sticker schedules for all California OHVAs. Now go get your dirt bike gear together and get out and enjoy our OHVAs.

State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRA)

  • SVRA Clay Pit: Sep 1 – Jun 30
  • State Recreation Area (SRA) Mammoth Bar: Year round
  • SVRA Prairie City: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • SVRA Carnegie: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • SVRA Hollister Hills: Oct 1 – May 31
  • SVRA Oceano Dunes: Year round
  • SVRA Hungry Valley: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • SVRA Ocotillo Wells: Oct 1 – May 31
  • SVRA Heber Dunes: Year Round

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • Northern California
    • BLM Arcata Field OfficeSamoa Dunes: Year round
    • BLM Redding Field OfficeChappie-Shasta ORV Area: Oct 1 – June 30
    • BLM Eagle Lake Field OfficeFort Sage OHV Area: Year round
    • BLM Ukiah Field OfficeSouth Cow Mountain Recreation Area: Year round
    • BLM Ukiah Field OfficeKnoxville Recreation Area: Year round
  • Bakersfield District
    • BLM Hollister Field OfficeClear Creek Managstrongent Area: Oct 1 – May 31
    • BLM Bishop Field OfficeBishop Resource Area: Year round
  • California Desert District
    • BLM Ridgecrest Field OfficeOlancha Dunes: Year round
    • BLM Ridgecrest Field OfficeJawbone Canyon, Dove Springs: Sep 1 – May 31
    • BLM Ridgecrest Field OfficeSpangler Hills: Sep 1 – May 31
    • BLM Barstow Field OfficeDumont Dunes: Year round
    • BLM Barstow Field OfficeEl Mirage: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • BLM Barstow Field OfficeStoddard Valley: Sep 1 – May 31
    • BLM Barstow Field OfficeRasor: Sep 1 – May 31
    • BLM Barstow Field OfficeJohnson Valley: Sep 1 – May 31
    • BLM Needles Field OfficeEastern Mojave Desert Areas: Year round
    • BLM Lake Havasu Field OfficeParker Strip: Year round
    • BLM Palm Springs Field OfficeColorado Desert Areas: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficeLark Canyon: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficeArroyo Salado: Oct 1 – May 31
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficeSuperstition Mountain: Oct 1 – May 31
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficePlaster City: Oct 1 – May 31
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficeImperial Dunes-Mammoth Wash: Year round
    • BLM El Centro Field Office Imperial Dunes-Glamis/Gecko: Year round
    • BLM El Centro Field OfficeImperial Dunes-Buttercup Valley: Year round

United States Forest Service (USFS)

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    • Mc Cloud Ranger DistrictMcCloud Area: Year round
    • Hayfork Ranger DistrictHayfork Area: Year round
  • Plumas National Forest
    • Mt. Hough Ranger DistrictDeadman Springs, Snake Lake: Year round
    • Mt. Hough Ranger DistrictBig Creek, Four Trees, French Creek: Year round
    • Feather River Ranger DistrictCleghorn Bar, Poker Flat: Year round
    • Beckworth Ranger DistrictGold Lake: Year round
    • Beckworth Ranger DistrictDixie Mountain: Year round
  • Mendocino National Forest
    • Upper Lake Ranger DistrictLake Pillsbury: Year round
    • Upper Lake Ranger DistrictElk Mountain Area: Year round
    • Grindstone Ranger DistrictDavis Flat: Year round
  • Tahoe National Forest
    • Downieville Ranger DistrictDownieville Area: Year round
    • Foresthill Ranger DistrictForesthill OHV Area: Year round
    • Foresthill Ranger DistrictChina Wall: Year round
    • Nevada City Ranger DistrictNevada City District Areas: Year round
    • Nevada City Ranger DistrictFordyce: Year round
    • Sierraville Ranger DistrictSierraville Area: Year round
    • Truckee Ranger DistrictTruckee District Area: Year round
    • Truckee Ranger DistrictProsser Hills Area: Year round
    • Lake Tahoe Basin Managstrongent UnitKings Beach: Year round
  • Eldorado National Forest
    • Georgetown Ranger DistrictMace Mill, Rock Creek: Year round
    • Pacific Ranger DistrictBarrett Lake: Year round
  • Stanislaus National Forest
    • Calaveras Ranger DistrictCorral Hollow, Spicer: Year round
    • Summit Ranger DistrictNiagara Ridge Area: Year round
    • Mi-Wuk Ranger DistrictCrandall Peek, Deer Creek Area: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Mi-Wuk Ranger DistrictHunter Creek: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Mi-Wuk Ranger DistrictHull/Trout Creek: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Groveland Ranger DistrictDate Flat, Moore Creek: Area Oct 1 – May 31
  • Sierra National Forest
    • Mariposa/Minarets Ranger DistrictHites Cove: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Mariposa/Minarets Ranger DistrictMiami Motorcycle Trails: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Kings River-Pineridge Ranger DistrictHuntington Lake: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Kings River-Pineridge Ranger DistrictEastwood: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Kings River-Pineridge Ranger DistrictShaver Lake Area: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Kings River-Pineridge Ranger DistrictKings River, Pineridge: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Hume Lake Ranger DistrictQuail Flat: Oct 1 – May 31
  • Sequoia National Forest
    • Greenhorn Ranger DistrictFrog Meadow Area: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Tule River Ranger DistrictTule River Area: Oct 1 – May 31
    • Cannell Ranger DistrictKennedy Meadows: Year round
  • Inyo National Forest
    • White Mountain Ranger DistrictPoleta: Year round
  • Los Padres National Forest
    • Santa Lucia Ranger DistrictBlack Mountain: Year round
    • Mt. Pinos Ranger DistrictBallinger Canyon: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Mt. Pinos Ranger DistrictAlamo Mountain: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Santa Barbara Ranger DistrictSanta Barbara: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Ojai Ranger DistrictOrtega Trail: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • Angeles National Forest
    • Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger DistrictDrinkwater Flats: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Santa Clara /Mojave Rivers Ranger DistrictRowher Flat: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger DistrictLittlerock: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • San Gabriel River Ranger DistrictSan Gabriel: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • San Bernardino National Forest
    • Front Country Ranger DistrictLytle Creek Area: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Mountain Top Ranger DistrictLake Arrowhead Area: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Mountain Top Ranger DistrictBig Bear Lake Area: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • San Jacinto Ranger DistrictSan Jacinto Area: Oct 1 – May 31
  • Cleveland National Forest
    • Trabuco Ranger DistrictWildomar: Oct 1 – Apr 30
    • Descanso Ranger DistrictCorral Canyon: Oct 1 – Apr 30

Other Jurisdictions

  • Army Corps of EngineersBlack Butte Lake: Year round
  • City of Marysville (Riverfront)Eugene Chappie OHV Park: Year round
  • Santa Clara CountyMetcalf Motorcycle Park: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • Stanislaus County Frank Raines-OHV Park: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • Stanislaus CountyLa Grange: Oct 1 – Apr 30
  • San Bernardino County ParkMoabi: Year round