This website concerns off-road vehicle use at Juniper Flats. The "Juniper Flats Limited Use Area" is on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains between Hesperia and Lucerne Valley, CA. Juniper Flats is a fabulous place to ride, with OHV legal trails and roads going from the Mojave Desert floor through Juniper-filled badlands up to the pine forests of the San Bernardino National Forest (look for the"JF" open route signs). Sadly, there are those who would like nothing better than to close Juniper Flats to motorized use. So here is the purpose of the website: to build awareness among the off-roaders to ride (or drive) in a responsible manner so we preserve the natural beauty of the area and do not give the BLM any reasons to close down trails to OHV use. Below are a few things we can do that might help, so please read on. May Juniper Flats always stay open to those who either don't have the time, the interest, or the ability to explore the vast system of trails on foot.
Eric Engleman Apple Valley, California
To Volunteer with BLM, Call Zack Pratt (Barstow BLM Recreation Director) at 760 252 6040.
WRITE OR CALL OR EMAIL THE BLM IN BARSTOW AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP JUNIPER FLATS OPEN TO OHV. AND ENCOURAGE THEM ALSO TO KEEP GRAPEVINE CANYON ROAD (WHICH IS CURRENTLY PART OF THE JUNIPER FLATS OHV TRAIL SYSTEM) OPEN TO OHV USE!
Up till a few years ago on BLM land all trails were open unless there was a closed sign. But now all trails are closed unless there is an open sign. I don't like it, and probably most of you don't like it either. That being said, given the picturesque nature of Juniper Flats, few of us would want to have it look like an open riding area. So let's try to stay on the open trails, and especially as much as possible to avoid making new trails.
Some places in the Juniper Flats Limited Use Area (LUA) are more visible than others. One example is the Tahiti Falls canyon and park. Doing hill climbs and making our own trails in these areas does not make a lot of people happy, especially the BLM rangers. So please try to stay on approved trails in these sensitive areas.
Hill Climbing is a blast, but if we do this on Juniper Flats slopes, the BLM is gonna come down hard on us. When we make our own trail on a flat, that trail may last for years. That is bad enough. But hill climbing puts gashes in the hill that may be visible for miles and last for a decade or more. Best to leave the hill climbs to the roadrunners or jackrabbits.
Unauthorized trails can easily be seen by Ranger Bob and Ranger Sue as they drive along highway 18. Don't make them gnash their teeth and curse our Honda, Yamaha and KTM mounted brothers and sisters; but keep them happy by sticking to the approved roads and trails!
Slow down and enjoy the view! Stay on approved trails and preserve the scenery. And keep those mufflers in good shape so we don't blow out the ears of the Coyotes!
Keeping the Bureau of Land Management and the National Forest personnel happy is a good thing. If we go from BLM land to NF land at an unauthorized place, the NF gets mad at the BLM and then the both get mad at us. Going from an OHV-legal BLM trail to an OHV-legal NF trail will keep smiles on all faces, and preserve our right to ride from the desert to the mountains and back.
Who wants more of this? Let's stay on the trails that are signed "Open" and we will get less of these pesky red signs. And write your Congressman/woman and tell them to keep public lands open to motorized travel!
Thank you, and enjoy Juniper Flats!