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Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area in Southern California, home to the King of the Hammers, is a mecca for any off-road enthusiast or outdoor adventure-seeker and offers riding adventures for every skill level. Through a partnership with Polaris RZR and its ATV vehicles, Happy Trails Rental's mission is to share the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert with you and provide a safe and memorable experience to always cherish.

The Playground

The OHV Park is an area consisting of nearly 100,000 acres of open trails – talk about a playground prime for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Area

Johnson Valley lays just North of the San Bernardino Mountains in the Mojave high desert region with an average elevation more than 3,000 feet.

The Landscape

A varied landscape is punctuated by vast valleys, sand dunes, large dry lake beds, sandy washes and massive rocky buttes. Vegetation consists mostly of Joshua trees, creosote scrub, and wild flowers that bloom with a rainbow of color in the spring time.

The Location

On average, the drive to Johnson Valley is about 35 minutes away from Big Bear Lake and within two hours of Orange County and Los Angeles communities.

Choose Your Adventure

Follow our pre-programmed GPS routes to become your own tour guide and discover the beauty and adventure of California’s Mojave Desert!

Explore the natural beauty and hidden gems of California’s Mojave Desert with a private guided tour led by our local trail experts!

Our fleet of ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) includes new 2022 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS Side-by-Side (UTV) with both 2- and 4-passenger models.

"Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself."

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What Others Say

“My family and I had the most spectacular day with Happy Trails Rentals! Ben, the owner, provides first class service. He is attentive and helpful, pointing us in the direction of the most amazing adventure. The trails were incredible, taking us by old miles, traveling at high speed across ancient lake beds, and into beautiful, remote territory. The equipment was perfection, brand new, fast, powerful, fun and easy to use. This was a GREAT family adventure! It would also be a fantastic team building, vacation or special occasion activity. Or just go for fun!! An unforgettable, fast and fun way to experience the desert. Highly recommend!!!”

– Molly R.

“This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I highly recommend anyone rent ATVs from Happy Trails Rental. My girlfriend and I did a private guided tour with the owner, Ben. He was fantastic! It was our first time using ATVs and he made both my girlfriend and I feel very safe and comfortable. He showed us some magnificent views, including a beautiful place to watch the sunset over the desert. We have been talking about how much fun we had with this experience all week long since we have got back from our trip. Ben is awesome! Happy Trails Rental as a company is awesome! They were so flexible and accommodating to our schedule. Such a fun and surreal experience. I highly highly recommend that you rent ATVs from this company and go on a private guided tour with Ben if you can.”

– Zachary R.

“I can’t say enough about how much fun we had out in the desert because of Happy Trails. My family and I headed out to Lucerne for a birthday celebration and everyone had a blast! Ben, the owner, was easy to work with and really nice. The ATVs are all brand new and equipped with GPS guided tours. I would highly recommend this to anyone- whether it be for a birthday, team building event, or just to get away and enjoy a new adventure!”

– Elizabeth R.

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Minimum age to rent and drive is 28 with a valid driver’s license. In order to be a passenger you must be able to sit in the seat, with your feet flat on the floor, back against the seat and your hands firmly on the hand hold.  While we do not enforce a strict height requirement, typically if an individual is about 54 inches tall, they will fit and be able to ride. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. All participants are required to wear a helmet with goggles (helmet and goggles provided to borrower during your rental period) and wear closed-toe shoes at all times while in the vehicle. Happy Trails Rental reserves the right to refuse service to anyone, even those meeting the qualifications above, based on our sole discretion.

Self-Guided GPS Tour Rentals are offered to customers who want to use the aid of GPS technology and follow pre-planned routes to exciting destinations within Johnson Valley OHV park. Self-Guided GPS Tours are ideal for the novice rider who wants to enjoy the riding experience with the confidence of a GPS device guiding them in the vast Mojave Desert.

Private Guided Tours are also available if you want to play follow-the-leader on your trail adventure and experience Johnson Valley OHV Park in a special unique way with expert trail guides. Call us for details and reservations.

Primitive camping is allowed anywhere within the boundaries of the Johnson Valley OHV Area, except on private property and established dirt roads. There are also a few vault bathrooms located on Anderson Dry Lake and on the north side of Cougar Buttes. Responsible camp fires are allowed, however do not burn wood with nails (pallets prohibited). The burning of potentially hazardous materials e.g. (but not limited to) gas, oil, plastic and magnesium is strictly prohibited. Please avoid building new fire rings. Federally protected desert tortoises are located in the OHV area so please be vigilant to stay away from these protected tortoises. Johnson Valley OHV is managed by Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, (760) 252-6000.

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