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Dumont is still open and fees are NOT waived

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Many park fees have been waived and some places/parks have been closed down, but I just wanted to clarify and reiterate that Dumont is still open and is NOT exempt from fees. Basically nothing has changed as of yet. I have been in contact with the Barstow BLM and they have given me the latest accurate information. 

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Some good info for those that choose to head out and ride. 


NOHVCC recently drew your attention to U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service guidance, indicating that opportunities to continue dispersed recreation may remain during the current reality we are all facing as a result of COVID-19. It is possible to abide by social distancing and other recommended guidelines while getting outdoors and engaging in all sorts of recreation – including OHV recreation. But, ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide if getting outdoors is the right thing to do.

NOHVCC always believes in safe and responsible recreation – this is the core of NOHVCC’s ethic; however, safety is even more important than ever if you choose to ride in the near future. Many hospitals are at or near capacity. This may not only make it difficult for you to get the care you need should you get injured, you may also turn the attention of hospital staff away from focusing on addressing the needs of other patients.

Please carefully consider the potential implications should you hit the trails. Make decisions that make sense for you and your family and that abide by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal, state, and local agencies and governments.

Some general guidelines, should you choose to engage in OHV recreation during this situation:

  • Contact the riding area in advance – they may be closed.
  • Visit cdc.gov for information on the latest recommendations and guidelines – follow them!
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact, especially with people who are ill.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • As ALWAYS – wear all appropriate safety gear. For ATVs, ROVs, and dirt bikes this includes: a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  • Ride or drive on trails that do not challenge your skill level – now is not the time for technical obstacles.
  • Ride or drive at significantly reduced speeds. Enjoy the scenery. Stop for lunch and take in the fresh air and sounds that come with being outdoors.
  • Abide by social distancing recommendations. Ride in pairs or small groups. Keep in mind that others you come across on the trail may stay farther away than normal and may not want to engage in conversation.
  • Experience nearby trails. This is not the time to load up the truck and try a riding area that you’ve always wanted to try but is 1,000 miles away. Comply with recommendations to stay near to home.
  • If you are at all uncomfortable for any reason about getting out on the trail – DON’T GO!
  • If you feel sick – DON’T GO!

Recreation is an important part of life – studies show it makes us happier and healthier. However, we are experiencing a unique reality right now. NOHVCC encourages you to make good decisions, comply with mandates and guidelines from relevant authorities, and to stay safe.



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10 hours ago, Urclever said:

Just read they are shutting down glamis on gecko and Osborne. How is dumont looking?

Dumont is not affected. They did that on Gecko and Osborne for social distancing. The Glamis washes are still open and so are dispersed camping areas such as Dumont. 


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Some more closure info...


Here is the Emergency Closure of selected Public Lands in CA.


Note: Following the COVID-19 guidance from the Center for Disease Control and from state and local public health authorities, the BLM is temporarily closing DEVELOPED campgrounds and recreation sites in CA to limit the spread of the virus.


For the Barstow Field Office, the emergency closure applies to the Desert Discovery Center and the Sawtooth, Owl Canyon, and Afton Canyon DEVELOPED campgrounds.

Visitors may continue to enjoy dispersed camping and hiking on BLM managed lands, as well as recreating at the 5 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas; Dumont Dunes, El Mirage, Johnson Valley, Stoddard Valley and Rasor.


Although the Barstow Field Office is closed, BLM staff is continuing to work remotely during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm, and regularly checking voicemail messages. 


Please use the kiosk at the entrance to purchase your pass. 



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