With all the talk about events being canceled, parks and ride areas being closed down due to fears over the Corona Virus, we thought we would give you some good news. Here are, as of 4/03/20, a bunch of places you can go riding and camping this weekend. However, keep in mind the rules of riding and social distancing. If the authorities near these ride sites determine people are getting to close and are at risk of spreading the disease any further, they could shut places down. Keep your distance, keep a low profile and stay safe. Limit trips to the store and contact with people along the way. The more we practice this the sooner things will be back to normal.
Here’s a note from the BLM: Do your part! Be social…but from a distance.
#YourPublicLands are places people seek out for recreation, reflection, and relaxation. We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting public lands to make the experience a healthy and enjoyable one. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick!
GLAMIS, the world largest sand box is still open. There are plenty of camp spots so spreading out shouldn’t be an issue. Your usual group camping trip should be avoided at this time. Camp with your family and that’s basically it. The Gecko and Osborn overlook sites are closed. E According to the BLM, Glamis, Wash Road, Gordons Well / Dunebuggy Flats, Greys Well / Buttercup, Ogilby, and Mammoth Wash remain open. Check Imperial Valley Sand Dunes for the latest info.
The Mojave Desert in Southern California and areas of El Mirage, Jawbone and the main area of Dove Springs are all starting to closed. Read the full closure list HERE. Anywhere with a fence and gate is closing out west. All state ride parks such as Oceano, Hungry Valley and Hollister have locked their gates. However, there are BLM areas such as Olancha Dunes, Barstow, Johnson Valley and the open areas of Spangler Hills are still open. Again please keep your distance and set up in very small groups only. Mind all social distancing guidelines. Dumont Dunes is still open. Be careful and stay home if possible.
Arizona is still allowing people to ride and recreate. So hitting any portion of the Arizona Peace Trail would be a great way to get some fresh air.
In Nevada they have already closed Sand Mountain dune area but most of the desert is open. You can take a trip on the Pony Express OHV trail to stay away from the crowds.
Tennessee’s state governor has issued a stay at home order. It may effect the privet and TVA ride areas at a moment notice. For now, the big ones are operating with different philosophies.
Brimstone Recreation in Huntsville, Tennessee has announced it will remain open for camping, cabins and riding. They have set up a few social distancing rules for checking in and during your time at the park.
Windrock Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee will close the General store except for gas. As for campground it is completely closed until the end of April.
Ride Royal Blue in Pioneer, Tennessee has heeded the governors orders and has closed the campgrounds on the Ridges and Eagle Rock until further notice.