El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area is located in the Mojave Desert on the western edge of San Bernardino County near the Los Angeles County Line. This Off-Highway vehicle area attracts a variety of enthusiasts along with a wide range activities.
The areas of interests include El Mirage Dry Lakebed, the Shadow Mountains, El Mirage Basin, and the Twin Hills area. This makes up a 27,000 acres of public and private land. Elevations range from about 2,800 feet at the El Mirage Dry Lake to more that 3,800 feet in the Shadow Mountains.
The El Mirage Cooperative Management Area is now a Fee Area. Each vehicle driven into the area will be required to have a special recreation permit. A separate permit is NOT required for any vehicles towed into the area. However, if a towed vehicle is later driven in or out of the area a permit will be required.
The permits are:
$15 for a one day permit, valid until noon of the following day.
$30 for a weekly permit, valid for 7 days.
$90 for an annual permit, valid from October 1, – September 30.
Permits are available for purchase online a www.recreation.gov, or on-site at the El Mirage Visitor Center. Permits will be available for sale on-site using a fee machine. The on site fee machines take cash and credit cards. Please bring exact amount of the pass, as the machines do NOT make change. The fee machines at EL Mirage sell daily, weekly and annual passes.
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