Wildomar OHV Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Made available for your use through an agreement with the US Forest Service and the California State Department of Parks and Recreation. This is the only area within the Trabuco Ranger District where Off-highway riding is permitted. We hope you enjoy the area safely and within the rules and regulations governing this area. This 360 acre OHV area contains over 4 miles of trails. Restrooms and well water are provided at the trailhead. A trail is provided between the campground and the OHV riding area for non-highway legal vehicles.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Wildomar OHV Area and Campground are subject to last minute unannounced closures based on wet weather and extreme fire conditions.  For the most current information please contact the Trabuco Ranger District Office at 951-736-1811.
Fees Adventure Pass
Permit Info: After class C vehicle operation add with an M1 Endorsement. Green Stickers required. Red Sticker use period on Wildomar is Oct 1st to April 30th. Certificates for juvenile riders are required.
  • Subject to closure during rain events and for 72 hours after each rain event. 
  • Riders in the parking area, on forest roads or in the areas next to the road are subject to citation if the vehicles are not equipped and licensed for street use or if the operator is not licensed for state Class C vehicle operation.
  • The San Mateo Canyon Wilderness is adjacent to the OHV area and vehicles are not permitted within its boundaries. Your OHV must have a US Forest Service approved Spark Arrester.
  • Operation of any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited.
  • All applicable state laws are enforced including use of helmets on three and four wheel vehicles and for riders under age 16.
Closest Towns: Lake Elsinore, CA
Operated By: Forest Service
Starting June 1, 2013 Construction has started on the new bridge overpass at Ortega Highway and Interstate 5.  CALTRANS crews will reduce lanes on the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway to two lanes in either direction in preparation for upcoming demolition activities on the south half of the bridge.  This configuration will last for approximately one year as crews work to demolish and reconstruct the south half of the bridge.
Lane  closures are a necessary as part of this new bridge construction project, and the current lane closure will seriously impact the ability of recreational trailers and motor homes to make a left turn onto Ortega Highway after exiting the southbound I-5. 
Visitors to the campgrounds must make a change to the usual route to reach the recreational areas.  Construction Notice

General Information


From the West: Take I-5 to San Juan Capistrano. Exit the freeway onto the Ortega Hwy (Hwy 74) east bound. Follow Hwy 74 for approximately 25 miles to the Forest Service Station at El Cariso. A Visitor Center is at this location. If you choose not to stop continue past the Station approximately 1000 ft to the intersection with South Main Divide Road (formerly known as Killen Trail). Turn right and follow the road south for approximately 9 miles to the Wildomar OHV area. The area is well posted so be sure you are in the designated OHV area before riding.

From the East: Take Hwy 91 to I-15 south. Follow I-15 approximately 22 miles to the Hwy 74 exit. Travel west on 74 approximately 12 miles, through Lake Elsinore and up into the mountains via the Ortega Hwy (Hwy 74). Follow the Hwy to the intersection with South Main Divide Road, formerly known as Killen Trail (if you reach the Forest Service Fire Station you have passed it). Turn left and follow the road south for approximately 9 miles to the Wildomar OHV area. The area is well posted so be sure you are in the designated OHV area before riding.

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