The Lakebed is Closed!

Please help preserve the playa's surface by not riding on the lakebed when wet! 


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General Information

You can reach the Visitor Center by calling (760) 388-4411 for information about lake bed conditions and cost of entrance.

El Mirage does not accept Veterans, Senior, Adventure or National Park Passes.

Visitor Center hours are from 8:00am - 4:30pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch: 12:00pm-12:30pm.

For day-by-day information, follow Friends of El Mirage on Facebook for more information, updates, and lake bed closures.

Use this address to reach the open area: 20471 Mountain View Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301

The Kiosk is available to the public but DOES NOT give change. Visitor Center staff is available to sell passes during business hours. Employees are bilingual.

The nearest BLM Law Enforcement Ranger can be contacted by calling the Federal Interagency Communication Center (FICC) (909) 383-5651 or (888) 233-6518.


Vehicle Entry Permit
Each vehicle driven into the area will be required to have a Daily, Weekly or Season pass (valid from Oct 1 to Sept 30th). Daily passes are valid from day of purchase until NOON the next day. You can purchase a pass from the staff at the Visitor Center, or from the kiosk when the center is closed. El Mirage does not accept Veterans, Senior, Adventure, or National Park Passes due to the recreational activities that are operated in this area. 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. More information can be found here.

Commercial Filming and Photography Permit
For Commercial Filming and Photography permits, please contact Dan Taylor at 909-300-5648  / mobile: 951-415-9600 or

Permits take 7-10 days to be approved.

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

*NO Drifting or Donuts on the Lake Bed*

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

Although the lake bed has some smooth areas, there are cracks, potholes, and whoops. You may travel straight as fast as you want, but any turning motion you must slow down. You can be fined if you are caught drifting or doing donuts. When vehicles 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.