Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area
Family-focused Recreation in the High Cascades
The Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area is open to both motorized (all vehicle classes) and non-motorized users (hiking, stock, mountain bikes). The family friendly area includes kiddy loops for the smallest OHV enthusiasts. The area hosts designated travel routes and facilities, delivering a sustainable motorized trail system to the public. The area has designated trails for all classes of OHV and provides a diversity of difficulties ranging from Green Circle to Double Black Diamond trails. Motorized cross country travel is not allowed.
Please review the Santiam Pass Area Brochure and map carefully, and carry it with you; some routes are restricted to certain vehicle classes. You can also review the Motor Vehicle Use Map - your guide to routes open to open to summer motorized travel across the forest.
At a Glance
|Permit Info:||All vehicles must have a valid Oregon ATV permit and obey all State of Oregon riding rules.|
|Best Season:||When the area is free of snow, usually the mid-June until mid-November.|
|Restrictions:||Speed limit for all vehicles is 15 m.p.h. Only ride on designated roads and trails. No motorized cross country travel. See the Santiam Pass Area OHV map. Some routes may be closed during extreme fire danger periods. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed to all motorized traffic. The Historic Santiam Wagon Road has special regulations to protect its unique historic character and is closed to OHV traffic west of the junction with Road 860. Camping is allowed in designated sites only.|
|Closest Towns:||McKenzie Bridge, OR|
|Information Center:||McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
From McKenzie Bridge, OR, drive east on Highway 126 to the summit of Santiam Pass. At the pass, access the area off Highway 20/22/126 at the Big Lake (2690) Road.
Santiam Pass OHV Motorized Recreation Area becomes Ray Benson Sno-Park in the winter.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
OHV Trail Riding
The Santiam Pass Motorized Recreation Area is open to both motorized (all vehicle classes) and non-motorized users (hiking, stock, mountain bikes)
Alerts & Warnings
- Middle Fork RD: Prescribed Burn Planned for 5/24/23
- Middle Fork RD: Road contruction on Rd 21 will cause delays
- FIRE CLOSURES: Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead, Holiday Farm, Potter, etc
- Forest Road 46 open for 11 miles; portion closed to vehicle traffic
- Pile Burning November-March 2023