The Hackberry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use Area is located about 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad. It contains over 55,000 acres of rolling dune lands provides a variety of soils and topographic features for off-road riding. The area is open for intensive use of motorcycles, sand dune buggies and other OHVs. Trails within the area […]

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The Hackberry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use Area is located about 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad.

It contains over 55,000 acres of rolling dune lands provides a variety of soils and topographic features for off-road riding. The area is open for intensive use of motorcycles, sand dune buggies and other OHVs. Trails within the area take advantage of a variety of soils and topographic features, which include many turns and steep hill climbs. Routes go from shallow rocky, loamy soil on low hills to deep alluvial soils with sandy inclusions. The trails travel across small draws and along the bottom of deep arroyos. The area also includes a sand dune complex.

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The area is used by the Desert Rough Riders Club for an annual competitive motorcycle event, the Carlsbad 100 Desert Race, which traverses more than 44 miles of public land.

Please note that private property and facilities are intermingled with the Hackberry Lake OHV Use Area. Please remember that this public land is a place of business for livestock grazing operations, oil and gas leaseholders, mining, communication and utility companies. Ride with caution and be alert for trucks and heavy equipment on and off the pavement.

Self-contained camping is allowed but there are no restrooms or drinking water on site. This is a no fee area.

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