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

Chaparral Motorsports
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October 2, 2014
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Last Updated: June 26, 2020

Yesterday 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.

Designating 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.

Red 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 Office Samoa Dunes Year round
BLM Redding Field Office Chappie-Shasta ORV Area Oct 1 - June 30
BLM Eagle Lake Field Office Fort Sage OHV Area Year round
BLM Ukiah Field Office South Cow Mountain Recreation Area Year round
BLM Ukiah Field Office Knoxville Recreation Area Year round

Bakersfield District

BLM Hollister Field Office Clear Creek Managstrongent Area Oct 1 - May 31
BLM Bishop Field Office Bishop Resource Area Year round

California Desert District

BLM Ridgecrest Field Office Olancha Dunes Year round
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office Jawbone Canyon, Dove Springs Sep 1 - May 31
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office Spangler Hills Sep 1 - May 31
BLM Barstow Field Office Dumont Dunes Year round
BLM Barstow Field Office El Mirage Oct 1 - Apr 30
BLM Barstow Field Office Stoddard Valley Sep 1 - May 31
BLM Barstow Field Office Rasor Sep 1 - May 31
BLM Barstow Field Office Johnson Valley Sep 1 - May 31
BLM Needles Field Office Eastern Mojave Desert Areas Year round
BLM Lake Havasu Field Office Parker Strip Year round
BLM Palm Springs Field Office Colorado Desert Areas Oct 1 - Apr 30
BLM El Centro Field Office Lark Canyon Oct 1 - Apr 30
BLM El Centro Field Office Arroyo Salado Oct 1 - May 31
BLM El Centro Field Office Superstition Mountain Oct 1 - May 31
BLM El Centro Field Office Plaster City Oct 1 - May 31
BLM El Centro Field Office Imperial Dunes-Mammoth Wash Year round
BLM El Centro Field Office Imperial Dunes-Glamis/Gecko Year round
BLM El Centro Field Office Imperial Dunes-Buttercup Valley Year round

United States Forest Service (USFS)

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Mc Cloud Ranger District McCloud Area: Year round
Hayfork Ranger District Hayfork Area Year round

Plumas National Forest

Mt. Hough Ranger District Deadman Springs, Snake Lake: Year round
Mt. Hough Ranger District Big Creek, Four Trees, French Creek: Year round
Feather River Ranger District Cleghorn Bar, Poker Flat: Year round
Beckworth Ranger District Gold Lake: Year round
Beckworth Ranger District Dixie Mountain: Year round

Mendocino National Forest

Upper Lake Ranger District Lake Pillsbury: Year round
Upper Lake Ranger District Elk Mountain Area: Year round
Grindstone Ranger District Davis Flat: Year round

Tahoe National Forest

Downieville Ranger District Downieville Area: Year round
Foresthill Ranger District Foresthill OHV Area: Year round
Foresthill Ranger District China Wall: Year round
Nevada City Ranger District Nevada City District Areas: Year round
Nevada City Ranger District Fordyce: Year round
Sierraville Ranger District Sierraville Area: Year round
Truckee Ranger District Truckee District Area: Year round
Truckee Ranger District Prosser Hills Area: Year round
Lake Tahoe Basin Managstrongent Unit Kings Beach: Year round

Eldorado National Forest

Georgetown Ranger District Mace Mill, Rock Creek: Year round
Pacific Ranger District Barrett Lake: Year round

Stanislaus National Forest

Calaveras Ranger District Corral Hollow, Spicer: Year round
Summit Ranger District Niagara Ridge Area: Year round
Mi-Wuk Ranger District Crandall Peek, Deer Creek Area: Oct 1 - May 31
Mi-Wuk Ranger District Hunter Creek: Oct 1 - May 31
Mi-Wuk Ranger District Hull/Trout Creek: Oct 1 - May 31
Groveland Ranger District Date Flat, Moore Creek: Area Oct 1 - May 31

Sierra National Forest

Mariposa/Minarets Ranger District Hites Cove: Oct 1 - May 31
Mariposa/Minarets Ranger District Miami Motorcycle Trails: Oct 1 - May 31
Kings River-Pineridge Ranger District Huntington Lake: Oct 1 - May 31
Kings River-Pineridge Ranger District Eastwood: Oct 1 - May 31
Kings River-Pineridge Ranger District Shaver Lake Area: Oct 1 - May 31
Kings River-Pineridge Ranger District Kings River, Pineridge: Oct 1 - May 31
Hume Lake Ranger District Quail Flat: Oct 1 - May 31

Sequoia National Forest

Greenhorn Ranger District Frog Meadow Area: Oct 1 - May 31
Tule River Ranger District Tule River Area: Oct 1 - May 31
Cannell Ranger District Kennedy Meadows: Year round

Inyo National Forest

White Mountain Ranger District Poleta: Year round

Los Padres National Forest

Santa Lucia Ranger District Black Mountain: Year round
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Ballinger Canyon: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Alamo Mountain: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Santa Barbara Ranger District Santa Barbara: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Ojai Ranger District Ortega Trail: Oct 1 - Apr 30

Angeles National Forest

Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Drinkwater Flats: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Santa Clara /Mojave Rivers Ranger District Rowher Flat: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Littlerock: Oct 1 - Apr 30
San Gabriel River Ranger District San Gabriel: Oct 1 - Apr 30

San Bernardino National Forest

Front Country Ranger District Lytle Creek Area: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Mountain Top Ranger District Lake Arrowhead Area: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Mountain Top Ranger District Big Bear Lake Area: Oct 1 - Apr 30
San Jacinto Ranger District San Jacinto Area: Oct 1 - May 31

Cleveland National Forest

Trabuco Ranger District Wildomar: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Descanso Ranger District Corral Canyon: Oct 1 - Apr 30

Other Jurisdictions

Army Corps of Engineers Black Butte Lake: Year round
City of Marysville (Riverfront) Eugene Chappie OHV Park: Year round
Santa Clara County Metcalf Motorcycle Park: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Stanislaus County Frank Raines-OHV Park: Oct 1 - Apr 30
Stanislaus County La Grange: Oct 1 - Apr 30
San Bernardino County Park Moabi: Year round
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