San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area


Area Status: Temporarily Closed

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The San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area (OHV) (brochure) is located 11 miles north of Azusa, CA, on Highway 39. Over 160 acres of rocky, sandy river bottom await users of 2-, 3-, and 4-wheeled OHVs. Reservations are required through Recreation.gov

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(1) The San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All vehicles must exit the area by 4:30 p.m. 

(2) Reservations are required before entering the OHV area. Please visit Recreation.gov to buy your tickets prior to entering San Gabriel Canyon.

There are two different types of tickets available--primary vehicles and secondary vehicles. A primary vehicle is any vehicle driven into the OHV area under its own power. A secondary vehicle is any vehicle trailered or hauled into the OHV area by a primary vehicle. Secondary vehicle tickets are only valid when purchased in conjunction with a primary vehicle ticket. 

Tickets may be purchased until 3 p.m. on the day of reservation. 

(3) If you do not have a reservation, you will be denied entry. 

(4) Please print or screenshot your QR code on your cell phone after ticket purchase and before you leave home. This will help expedite your entry into the OHV area. There is no cell or Internet service available at the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area. 

(6) Come with your own Adventure Pass or America the Beautiful Pass, as it required for entry and will not be for sale onsite. To purchase one, visit one of our forest offices.

(7) The San Gabriel Canyon OHV area boundaries have changed temporarily due to a sediment removal project at the adjacent dam. See this map showing the current boundaries. 

(8) The Rincon/Shortcut OHV Route is temporarily CLOSED due to debris slides from the Bobcat Fire. 

(9) This area is currently open to high-clearance vehicles only due to recent changes to the stream crossing conditions. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weekends only, 8am-4pm.
Operational Hours: The OHV and obstacle course area is open Saturdays, Sundays, and most major holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day) at 8 a.m. 

ALL VISITORS MUST EXIT BY 4:30 p.m. Special closures may occur for unusually high water, wildfire, capacity crowds, or limited staffing levels. 
Reservations: San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area has implemented a timed ticket reservation system. Reservations are required through Recreation.gov. Tickets are released for reservation on later than 12:00 pm each Thursday for the following weekend. Tickets may be purchased until 3 p.m. the day of the reservation. If you do not have a reservation, you will be denied entry. If you have a reservation and your vehicle does not meet state requirements - current registration, approved spark arrestor or muffler system, and any other protective equipment required by the State of California for off-highway vehicle operation, you will be denied entry.
Fees: There are two types of tickets available - Primary Vehicle, and Secondary Vehicle. There's a fee of $8 for each primary vehicle and $5 for each secondary vehicle. Recreation.gov applies a $2 processing charge for each ticket purchase.  A Primary Vehicle is any vehicle driven into the OHV area under its own power. A secondary vehicle is any vehicle trailered or hauled into the OHV area by a primary vehicle. Tickets may be purchased until 3 p.m. the day of the reservation. Secondary vehicle tickets are only valid when purchased in conjunction with a primary vehicle ticket purchase. Please print or screenshot your QR code on your cell phone before you leave home. There is no cell phone service available at the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:
  • All vehicles are subject to search prior to entry.
  • The possession of alcoholic beverages is pro­hibited at all times.
  • All ATVs and motorcycles must be equipped with approved spark arresters, proper­ly installed and maintained.
  • Approved muffler systems are required on all motorized vehicles.
  • All vehicles must be currently registered: green or red stickers (seasonally) for off-highway vehi­cles; regular state registration is required for street-legal 4 wheel drive vehicles.
  • Obey the 15 mph speed law when driving in the Staging Area and parking lot, or within 50 feet of any person or property.
  • The discharge of firearms or fireworks is pro­hibited at all times.
  • All vehicles must exit the area by posted hours.
  • The state Vehicle Code applies and is enforced.
  • Vehicles and swimming are not allowed in the San Gabriel Reservoir.
Closest Towns: The nearest towing and gas services are located in Azusa.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Passes: We will not be selling adventure passes from the OHV area at this time. San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area has implemented a timed ticket reservation system.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Access into the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area is through the Staging Area located along Highway 39. Parking restrooms are provided. Foodservice is available at Camp Williams in the East Fork of San Gabriel Canyon. For more info please contact: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
110 N. Wabash Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741
(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
(747) 322-6643
San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area
(Weekends and most holidays) (626) 910-1235
San Gabriel Canyon Gateway Center
Saturdays & Sundays and most holidays (626) 969-1012

Activities

OHV Trail Riding

Picnicking

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.237732

  Longitude : 
-117.860136