Rasor Road is an exciting
and more remote area for the off-highway vehicle user. Rasor has rolling
hills, open valleys, and sand dunes that invite riders willing to travel
through this remote area. Elevations range from near 2,427 feet elevation
down to around 1,275 feet elevation at the Mojave River.
Besides the remote nature
of the area, another attraction is the historic Mojave Road which runs
through the riding area into the newly designated Mojave National Preserve
(street-legal vehicles only in the Preserve). Vegetation consists of
creosote scrub, some annual grasses and wild flowers.
The riding area is located between Interstate 15, about 12 miles
south of Baker . Access roads are Basin Road and Rasor Road east of the
I-15. Both of these roads are graded dirt roads, but 4x4 is strongly
Most visitors ride motorcycles or ATVs, drive sand rails or tour
the area in four-wheel drive vehicles. The easily accessed areas off the
Rasor Road exit are used extensively for OHV and sand rail staging and play.
Due to the remoteness of the area, there have been no requests for
competitive event permits, leaving this area exclusively for casual riders.
There are many
opportunities for hiking, rock scrambling, rock hounding, and plant, bird
and wildlife watching. There are desert tortoise, a state and federally
listed threatened species, in the riding area.
NOTE: There are many deep
mine shafts in the riding area! Travel outside the riding area is only on
designated routes with street legal vehicles. Extremes of heat and cold are
likely in this area! Rescue in the area is not immediate! Be careful and
enjoy the remote and quiet nature of the area.
Rules and Regulations:
Camping is allowed anywhere within the riding area that does not block
travel on a road. Camping is limited to a 14 day stay.
There are many private properties
mingled in the BLM riding area. It is unlawful to trespass or vandalize
any of these properties. Violators will be arrested on spot and
prosecuted. Owners have requested both land and aerial patrol by the BLM
& sheriff's dept.
Draining of holding tanks,
littering and trash dumping is prohibited. Pack It In, Pack It Out!
All vehicles must have a muffler
or spark arrester and have either a street-legal license or be
registered as an off-highway vehicle.
Vehicles being operated at night
must have head and tail lights.
Helmets are required on all ATVs!
Also, there are no passengers allowed on ATVs.
SHOTGUN SHOOTING ONLY IN THE
RASOR OHV AREA! No pistol or rifle shooting allowed!
Digging up or destroying trees
and shrubs or harassing wildlife or livestock is prohibited.
The desert tortoise is a
federally protected species. Please do not handle or disturb these
animals; Look but don't Touch!
It is illegal to damage or
destroy archeological sites or remove artifacts.
Possession or use of any glass
container, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking
purposes is prohibited (43 CFR 8361.1-6).