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Representative Paul Cook introduced legislation last week that is sure to delight owners of motocross bikes, ATVs and dune buggies. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

Entitled the “Twentynine Palms Outdoor Recreational Enhancement Act”, Representative Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) recently introduced legislation that would transfer approximately 80 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to the City of Twentynine Palms for the purpose of vehicle recreation.

The acreage is adjacent to the 29 Palms Motorsports Arena, the site of numerous racing events that typically drew thousands prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. The legislation, H.R. 8848, lays the groundwork for the possible expansion of the racetrack and to ultimately provide a boost to the local economy.


Off-road vehicles are not allowed on any county service area roads and can only be ridden on private property with the written permission of the property owner. But there are areas nearby where you can legally ride your ORV. Hilary Sloane reminds residents to ride responsibly…

The Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that the operation of off-highway vehicles is regulated. County Ordinances say groups of 10 or more OHV users must obtain a “Staging Permit” from Code Enforcement. The use of OHVs on private property requires written permission. Open OHV riding is permitted in the Bureau of Land Management or BLM managed Johnson Valley OHV recreation area, 20 miles north of Yucca Valley on Highway 247 at Boone Road. OHV use is also allowed on several BLM designated routes throughout the Morongo Basin. Locations of these routes and use restrictions can be found on the BLM’s website at BLM.gov under the Barstow Field Office area.


The Morongo Basin Station is the third largest Sheriff’s station in both area and total number of calls for law enforcement services in San Bernardino County. Within the station’s area of responsibility are the incorporated communities of Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, as well as the unincorporated communities of Morongo Valley, Landers, Johnson Valley, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, Pioneertown, Amboy, Cadiz, and Flamingo Heights. Ernest Figueroa breaks down the calls made by members of the Morongo Basin Off-Highway Vehicle team during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend…
During the holiday weekend, 16 deputies from the Morongo Basin Off-Highway Vehicle team conducted 128 hours of OHV patrol. They responded to 57 off-highway vehicle disturbance calls from the public and made 284 proactive patrols in areas with previously reported illegal OHV activity. Deputies contacted 794 riders and issued 259 warnings. The primary violations observed by deputies were private land trespassing, vehicle registration, and helmet violations.
The OHV enforcement team is solely funded by a state grant, and the team works in conjunction with San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management to assist in the enforcement and education of OHV riders.


The Department of the Interior announced recently that veterans and Gold Star families will receive free entrance to national parks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

The Department of the Interior announced recently that entrance fees for national parks, and standard amenity fees for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation sites will be waived as of November 11 for veterans and Gold Star families. Veterans are defined as anyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard and the Reserves, and who has a DOD ID card, veteran health ID card, veteran ID card, or a veteran’s designation on a state-issued US driver’s license or ID card.Gold Star families are next of kin of a family member of the U.S. armed forces who died while serving in a conflict. Active-duty military members already qualify for free passes to national parks. Free or discounted passes are available for the disabled; fourth grade students, and seniors age 62 or older. In addition, entrance fees to national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, are waived for everyone on Veterans Day, November 11.



The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is now closed to the public while the Marine Corps conducts critical military training in the area. The area will be closed through November 9. The Marine Corps will clear the area for reopening after thorough inspection for any hazards. Once cleared, management of the land will return to the Bureau of Land Management for public recreation. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about OHV recreation area and future closures…

The adjacent Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area, managed by the BLM, remains open to the public for recreation and is unaffected by closures of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Off-road enthusiasts may also enjoy the nearby Stoddard Valley OHV Area.

As a reminder, the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is also scheduled for temporary closure for two periods in 2021: April 30 – May 10, and October15 – November 1.

The fall 2021 training dates listed below reflect a slight adjustment from prior notices and will occur two weeks earlier than originally planned.

For additional information, including a map of the area, please visit:

Questions or inquiries may be directed to the Resource Management Group by emailing the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at: SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@usmc.mil