ODOT Pit Play Area KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

Fire

  • Campfires are permitted, but please keep them small and don't leave them unattended. Please do not build campfires on the pavement. High winds and dry conditions can fuel a wildfire even at unlikely times of the year.
  • Spark arrestors are required on your OHVs year -round and on chainsaws, and generators April 1 – October 31.
  • Later in the summer, there may be restrictions on campfires, smoking, BBQs, and off-road use, so please check at the Prineville District BLM office or watch for regulations posted at trailheads, staging areas and major access roads.

Safety

  • While the Millican/ODOT Pit is directly adjacent to Highway 20, there are limited facilities in the immediate area. Therefore, riders should be equipped to be self-sufficient. Riders should wear appropriate safety gear, carry a first aid kit and never ride alone. Most Forest Service personnel have radios and can give assistance. There is a cellular phone repeater on the east end of Pine Mountain and coverage is fair in the Pit.
  • The Millican/ODOT pit is an active pit used by the state highway department. On occasion rock is hauled out of the pit, so please become aware of activities within the pit before riding. Also be aware of other riders as well as campers. Riding fast is hazardous and not recommended.

Tips for Play Areas

  • Ride defensively
  • Know where the other riders are at all times
  • Use spotters when jumping
  • Never jump a hill without knowing what is on the other side
  • Never ride impaired
  • Never ride with a passenger
  • Never ride alone
  • Always stay on the right side of jump poles

Soils

While the soils at the Millican/ODOT Pit are pebbly and easily displaced, the play area was specifically designed to accommodate higher impact riding. Activities such as jumping, and spinning "cookies" are expected and even welcomed in areas such as the Millican/ODOT pit and other specially designated play areas. With this in mind, please reserve these high impact activities for play areas and Tread Lightly on trails, parking lots and gravel roads.

Plants

  • Plant life on the High Desert is sparse and fragile which makes its role in the ecosystem even more critical. Not only do plants dazzle us with delicate beauty, they also help stabilize the soil, provide needed nutrients, retain moisture, and provide food and shelter for all forms of wildlife. Some of the plants are listed as Sensitive Species and are mandated to be protected. You can help protect these plants and maintain a healthy ecosystem by staying on the designated trails and areas.
  • Noxious weeds are plants that are not natural residents of this ecosystem. Some are poisonous, spread rapidly, and can out-compete native plants for light and water. Seeds from noxious weeds can lodge in tires or tight places on your OHV and other vehicles and can easily be transported from place to place. The spread of these weeds can be reduced by thoroughly washing your equipment before leaving home.

Wildlife

There are many forms of wildlife in the Millican area. Please remember that this is their home seven days a week and that you are a visitor. You can avoid being an intruder by keeping your noise down and staying on the designated trails. When you encounter wildlife, slow down, watch and enjoy them, but keep moving.

For any questions relating to trails, closures, conduct, rules, regulations and/or concerns please contact:

  • OHV Hotline - 24 hour recorded information, (541) 383-4010
  • COHVOPS OHV Specialist - Bend Fort Rock Ranger District 1230 NE 3rd Suite A262, Bend, OR 97701 541-383-4000
  • COHVOPS Program Manager - Bend Fort Rock Ranger District 1230 NE 3rd Suite A262, Bend, OR 97701 541-383-4791
  • BLM Field Manager - Prineville District BLM, 3050 NE Third, Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 416-6700