Off Road Vehicle Issues

While several off-road vehicle issues are "on hold" at this time, your best source for detailed information is Community ORV Watch, often spoken of as "COW," an organization that developed with support from MBCA. At the COW website you can view/download/print a brochure about off-highway vehicle information specifically for the Morongo Basin.


  • Featured event

    BLM Open House on West Mojave Route Network Project

    While public comments will not be taken at this meeting, you are encouraged to attend this "Open House" to talk with Bureau of Land Management employees in preparation for making a written comment directly to the BLM by the June 14 deadline.  On March 16 the BLM published a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Land Use Plan Amendment for the West Mojave Route Network. The announcement indicates, "A major component of the draft supplemental environmental analysis includes a complete inventory of travel routes within the Western Mojave planning area."

    You can view the proposed routes on the WEMO Online Interactive Map, and can view the draft SEIS document and open a fillable comment form at this link.

    April 25, 2018 at 5pm
    Joshua Tree Community Center
    6176 sunburst
    Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    United States
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  • MBCA Support Letter for Off Highway Vehicle Bill SB 249

    In early June, MBCA sent to the state Assembly's Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife a comment letter in support of SB 249 - Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Act.  It was also signed by representatives of the Alliance for Responsible Recreation and Community Off-Highway Vehicle Watch.

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  • Rural Roads and OHV Limits

    Commentary and documents provided by Pat Flanagan
    The BLM believes they have the legal right to connect public land parcels together using county un-maintained dirt roads. I believe this is incorrect – our dirt roads, a legacy of the Small Tracts Act (STA), are considered by the County, based on case law and the STA, to constitute legal right-of-way (ROW) for those entitled to use them, i.e. the public and utility companies. 
    The documents provided here, especially the STA pamphlet and Penfold letter and County opinion, need to be readily available to anyone wanting to understand their legal position should BLM open County un-maintained dirt roads to OHV riding.


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  • Off Road Vehicles Comment Letter

    January 2016

    On January 22, 2016, MBCA submitted a detailed comment letter to the BLM about the proposed changes to the West Mojave Plan (WEMO), arguing against the Plan Amendment, particularly the preferred Alternative 3, as it "threatens our quality of life, property values, tourism economics, and public land conservation values by legalizing OHV riding on thousands of miles of dirt roads throughout our Morongo Basin and other area communities in the West Mojave."  Further, the letter demonstrates how the BLM's plan flies in the face of the federal Small Tract Act with its intent to provide a comfortable framework for residential desert communities.

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