Hercules Highway Loop

Overview


Explore Johnson Valley and all of its glory in this all-inclusive half day extravaganza. This 50-mile expedition touches all 4 corners of the park discovering hidden treasures along the way. Includes the best parts of Hercules Byway and much more – a thrill revealing odyssey creating impressions that will last a lifetime.

Hercules Highway in Johnson Valley OHV Park, CA


A few miles south of East Ord Mountain you will find a unique outcrop of large granite boulders that help create the setting for this trail. Known as Hercule’s Highway this 50-mile loop will surprise you with fascinating points of interest with a mix of fun obstacles to challenge your driving skills. The trail starts at Cougar Buttes but then soon traverses along a narrow twisty and windy trail that includes many small rock obstacles and sandy washes to navigate. Ideal for the high performance Polaris RZRs with high clearance and capable suspension to help conquer some of the trail obstacles you’ll encounter along your journey. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars to take advantage of the scenic surroundings that await you!

Reviews


Self-guided GPS tours are the way to go. Lots of variety of terrain.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  4/18/2019 • Brian W. – Frederick, MD

Exhilarating!

Self-guided GPS tours are the way to go, no waiting for others or eating their dust. We went as two couples, each pair in a potent sports machine. Tour started on a dirt road and within 5 minutes we were on desert trails. Everything started on-time. After a short video, helmet fitting, and cooler strapping, we were on our way. Ben, the owner, was so happy for us to ride it got our spirits flying as well.

We took the 4 hour tour, doing the Hercules 45 mile trail. Lots of variety of terrain — graded dirt road in the very beginning then onto deep sand, flat hard sand, some skinny downhill sandy washes, a dried lake bed, wavy up-and-down stretches, and a rocky trail (least favorite). Plenty of time for “skiing” in deep sand, fast rush on flats, and enjoying high vistas.

When using the GPS we found it best to check your position after turning, as a few intersections can be tricky. We only went off the trail substantially in one place (it was a hard flat straightaway we had LOTS of fun on so we weren’t paying attention). The GPS also has more trouble determining your current direction since you can spin all around (unlike a car). Again, check to make sure you are on the trail after each turn and you’ll be fine. All trails are obvious, but there are a maze of them out there.

Machines ran great, the tall flags make finding others easy. We rode on a Sunday in April and passed maybe 6 people all day (other than a spot in the beginning where campers were). These are fast, they would go faster than we dared to go. Always 4WD.

This was so much fun for us 50-something adults. It wasn’t nearly as jeering as imagined, no one had any soreness the next day. Much much smoother than standard ATV’s, and certainly much much faster.

This location is a great place to ride, you are right into the desert within 5 minutes and go way out into the wild back country with substantial altitude gain. Really good experience, easy 5 stars. We did go over the time with a stop for lunch and a missed turn, we just texted owner on our way back down and it was no issue.

Great adventure!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  4/12/2019 • Michael S. – Bord de Mar de Limonade, Haiti

We rented two 2-seat 2019 Polaris. Ben had everything set up and ready to go for us. He spent about 15 minutes giving safety instructions and off we went. We drove through the Hercules Trail which was about 50 miles round trip. Navigation on the Polaris made it easy to get around. We drove through the desert on sand, dirt, over rocks, up and down hills. Halfway through we stopped to eat lunch (packed our own) and then we were off again. I would highly recommend Happy Trails Rentals.

What to Bring


To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we require you to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Every person is required to wear a helmet and eye protection. A full face helmet and goggles are provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or Debit card required for payment and security deposit. It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and additional layers of clothing (during the winter season as it can get chilly outside). We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments.

Download/print the Happy Trails Checklist below to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Checklist

Safety & Sustainability


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Hercules Byway Loop

Overview


Be amazed by the natural wonders and formations Mother Nature has created over millions of years. Travel by and take pictures with wonders known as Hercules Finger, Hercules Brain and many more. This two-hour tour is packed with beautiful scenery and diverse terrain – make sure to bring your camera to capture the epic moments!

Hercules Byway in Johnson Valley OHV Park, CA


Approximately a 30-mile trail loop, Hercules Byway will amaze you with large granite boulder outcrops that many say are similar to the ones seen in Joshua Tree National Park. This trail traverses all types of terrain including sandy washes, vast valleys surrounded by mountain peaks approaching 7,000 feet, and serpentine trails with grand elevation changes to lift you high above the desert floor while capturing magical vistas with endless beauty. As you captain your Polaris RZR along this 2-hour loop you will feel in command experiencing a thrill ride like no other.

Reviews


Spectacular trails.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  3/22/2019 • Daniel N. – Lucerne Valley, CA

Extremely well-maintained vehicles. Friendly and outgoing service – Ben was awesome! I run Jeeps back east and I can tell you that this is a fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring the desert. You will not be disappointed.

What to Bring


To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we require you to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Every person is required to wear a helmet and eye protection. A full face helmet and goggles are provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or Debit card required for payment and security deposit. It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and additional layers of clothing (during the winter season as it can get chilly outside). We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments.

Download/print the Happy Trails Checklist below to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Checklist

Safety & Sustainability


Polaris Adventures focuses on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews & training before every ride to a modern check out process, our outfitters are there to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

Have a question?


Get in touch with us about our adventures, requirements or how to plan your perfect getaway.

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Johnson Valley Grand Loop

Overview


Experience scenic Johnson Valley winding through the diverse Mojave Desert landscape. Zip along sandy washes surrounded by ancient Yucca formations, storm up Sand Hill while testing your machine’s power by the famous “King of the Hammers” and discover abandoned gold and silver mines in the surrounding mountains. A full-day voyage great for all adventure seekers.Additional fuel is available for purchase, if necessary.

Johnson Valley OHV Park, CA


Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valley, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet at Hartwell Hills to 2,300 feet at Melville Dry Lake. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, annual grasses, wild flowers and Joshua Trees. Johnson Valley offers a riding opportunity for every skill level. The southeast portion of the riding area offers a large mass of hills known to the rock crawler world wide as the “Hammers.” This area is for experts and has gained the attention of off-roaders in recent years through an event called “King of the Hammers,” experts only need apply. North of the Hammers offers a quality riding experience for novice and intermediate riders and some small dune riding experience. There are two car/truck courses for racing in the north central and western portions of the valley. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders. It is popular with off-roaders. The butte boasts areas with small rolling hills for the novice, rocky ridges for the more experienced riders, huge rock structures for the rock crawlers and is a poplar place for motorcycle trials events. The 96,000 acre off–highway vehicle riding area has something for every rider at every skill level. Approximately 53,000 acres of Johnson Valley is a shared-use area with the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MGAGCC) located in Twentynine Palms, CA.

Reviews


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  2/12/2019 • J C. – Los Angeles, CA

Let me just start with great customer service! Ben went above and beyond to make our experience amazing, we could tell right away that he really cares about his customers. The equipment and the vehicle were in excellent condition and the trail was easy to follow with the GPS. The view is breathtaking and the whole experience is nothing but FUN!

I highly recommend this to anyone!

Awesome experience.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  10/29/2018 • Paul M. – Louisville, KY

Ben, the owner, was extremely accommodating. We took the four hour tour on new RZR 1000’s. They had GPS tours which kept us from getting lost. Beautiful area to go off roading. It was well worth the 2 hour drive from LA. Planning on coming back with friends for a weekend next year.

What to Bring


To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we require you to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Every person is required to wear a helmet and eye protection. A full face helmet and goggles are provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or Debit card required for payment and security deposit. It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and additional layers of clothing (during the winter season as it can get chilly outside). We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments.Download/print the Happy Trails Checklist below to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Checklist

Safety & Sustainability


Happy Trails Rental and Polaris Adventures focus on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews & training before every ride to a modern check out process, we are here to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

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Slash X Cafe in Barstow, CA

Slash X Express Trail

Overview


Journey through the rugged Mojave Desert on the “Slash X Express” trail, an epic 80-mile round-trip adventure ride that navigates across beautiful desert scenery with majestic views at every turn. Your ride will take you through remote parts of the wild desert, across large dry lake beds, winding sandy washes and rugged passes. At the midpoint of your adventure, you will find yourself at the Slash X Ranch Café for a well-deserved break from all of the action. Enjoy fresh hot food and cold beverages before you saddle back up and continue on with your adventure. Plan on a full-day of exhilarating fun and experience a thrill of a lifetime on this epic excursion.

Please note: Trail is open all week but the Slash X Ranch Café is only open Friday, Saturday Sunday.

Additional fuel is available for purchase, if necessary.

Slash X Ranch Café


Off-roaders head to this storied joint in a funky Old West ranch for burgers, cold beverages & outdoor seats. At the Slash X Ranch Café, there is a saying. Out here, all roads lead to the Slash X. That sentiment is echoed loud and clear on any given weekend when off road enthusiasts from all over the world find themselves at this little desert oasis.

Address: 28040 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA 92311

Phone: (760) 252-1197

Hours: Open Friday thru Sunday Only

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Reviews


I definitely recommend the Slash X Express GPS trail.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  3/2/2019 • B B. – Worthington Hills, KY

On our girls trip, we spent a day in the desert renting off road buggies from Happy Trails. We had a blast!  Ben was extremely helpful and patient with our many questions. The desert/mountain backdrop to the adventure was picture perfect.  Driving the vehicles was a lot easier than expected and we all laughed like kids as we flew through the trail. I definitely recommend the Slash X Express GPS trail. It was easy to follow and delivered exactly the day we wanted for our trip.

What to Bring


To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we require you to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Every person is required to wear a helmet and eye protection. A full face helmet and goggles are provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or Debit card required for payment and security deposit. It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and additional layers of clothing (during the winter season as it can get chilly outside). We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments.

Download/print the Happy Trails Checklist below to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Checklist

Safety & Sustainability


Polaris Adventures focuses on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews & training before every ride to a modern check out process, our outfitters are there to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

Have a question?


Get in touch with us about our adventures, requirements or how to plan your perfect getaway.

Contact Us