With approximately 68 miles of trails, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one of the best places to go in California for off-roading fun. There are areas for ATVs, UTVs, registered 4x4s, and even unregistered off-roading vehicles.
The climate is desert at 3,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation, so the trails are mainly packed dirt with some brush alongside and occasional sweeping views. There are trails for the novice, amateur, and expert covering 12 square miles of rolling terrain.
For those who want to stay for more than just one day, camping is available, but an adventure pass must be purchased by anyone who wishes to ride or camp here. The entry fee is $5, but parking is free.
Horseback riding is available in some areas and campfires are allowed in certain places within the campgrounds. There are no nearby RV hookups or disposals, so tent or trailer camping is recommended.
To get to the Ballinger Canyon OHV area from Bakersfield, California, drive about 35 miles west on SR-119. Take a right onto SR-166 and drive another 13. Turn left (south) onto SR-33 and go 3.7 miles. Take another left (east) on Ballinger Canyon Road. The staging area is about 3 miles further.