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 3/26/20, 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. Check Imperial Valley Sand Dunes for the latest info.
The Mojave Desert in Southern California and the surrounding areas of Jawbone Canyon, Barstow and Johnson Valley are all open for now. Again please keep your distance and set up in very small groups only. Mind all social distancing guidelines. Dumont Dunes is still open as well.
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.
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 guests, those who check in prior to Friday March 27th can stay throughout the duration of their reservation.
Ride Royal Blue in Pioneer, Tennessee has put measures in place to limit people in their stores to no more than 10 people at a time and ask that you maintain a 6 foot distance from others. The lodge restaurant will not allow indoor dining but will accommodate carryout orders. The trails are open.