Friends of El Mirage
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Call (760) 388-4411 for information about lake bed conditions, cost of entrance and Visitor Center hours.

Or visit the BLM's official page for El Mirage Dry Lake Bed.

Follow Friends of El Mirage on Facebook for more information, updates, and lakebed closures.


Obtaining a Permit

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.


For Filming and Photography permits, please contact Dan Taylor at 909-300-5648 with the San Bernardino County Film Commission.

If you do not have a permit or permission from Dan Taylor, you will not be allowed to film in the park and will be trespassing on Federal property.

What's New at The El Mirage Visitors Center PDF Print E-mail

Keep an eye on this article for new merchandise at the El Mirage Visitors Center.

We now have youth helmet sets for sale in the El Mirage Visitor Center. Each set includes a helmet, visor, goggles, and gloves.

We also have El Mirage hats, t-shirts, and stickers.


Call to Action: Save the California OHV Program - UPDATED PDF Print E-mail

The California State Park’s Transformation Team’s Recommendations have been released and within is this alarming statement about the state’s highly successful OHV program:

The current organization structure separates these important recreation services from the rest of the services provided by the department. Visitors would be better served by fully integrating these services into the rest of the department.

What would this mean? It would mean an end to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks.

First, this division exclusively manages the extremely popular State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs). Second, it administers the all-important Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program which “provides for well managed off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to agencies and nonprofit entities.

This Grants Program supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, restoration, and conservation of trails, trailheads, areas, and other facilities associated with the use of off-highway motor vehicles, and programs involving off-highway motor vehicle safety or education.” Without this Grants Program, OHV recreation in California would quickly become unsustainable.

Friends of El Mirage relies on the annual grants program to provide funding for education, signing, trail improvements, vault toilet maintenance and instillation, and campsite maintenance and much, much more.

What makes the California OHV Grants program unique is that it is ENTIRELY USER FUNDED. All funds come from green and red sticker registrations, fuel taxes, and entry fees charged at SVRAs. This ensures that funds collected from OHV users are put directly back into providing riding opportunities across the state of California.

This latest threat to recreation opportunity requires an immediate and forceful response from the OHV community. The Motor Vehicle Recreation Division MUST be preserved and kept separate!

What can you do?

Visit today.
There you can message the decision makers to make your voice heard



Quad Training Now Available at El Mirage! PDF Print E-mail

Quad Training classes are being offered free of charge to all children aged 6-17 yrs old.

Classes will take place the second Saturday of every month.

For more information contact Nicole at  760-983-9417 or visit

NO Drifting or Donuts on the Lake Bed PDF Print E-mail

Please remember that drifting and donuts are prohibited on El Mirage dry lake bed.

One of the best parts of El Mirage is the smooth lake bed surface, perfect for driving at high speeds without fear of hitting dips or rises which could cause serious accidents. When cars drift or perform donuts on the lake bed it damages the surface, which can be exacerbated by rain and wind, and lead to dangerous conditions for those traveling at high speeds.

Working Hard at El Mirage PDF Print E-mail

It’s not always easy to see the work that’s been going on around El Mirage, but a whole lot of it has been happening this year.

Recent work has included cleaning out and leveling fire pits, painting and repairing shade ramadas and picnic tables, and filling in holes and pits at camp sites. Trash pickup is an on-going chore at El Mirage, and workers strive to clean it up as fast as possible when visitors leave behind a mess. The vault toilets are also frequently cleaned, painted, and repaired.

Help us Improve El Mirage! PDF Print E-mail

Please help us to improve your experience at El Mirage by taking our short survey! Wish there were more toilets? Wish the El Mirage visitor center sold camping supplies? Now's your chance to let us know!


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