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Moon Rocks: A place to play in the dirt
by Dan McGee, For the Tribune
Apr 29, 2010 | 3258 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - The Kunklers from Sparks are like many families that use the Moon Rocks for some quality time on two wheels. Son Kameron Carter (240) leads his stepfather Bret, who is followed by his brother Jeff. Riding shotgun are daughter Ashley Carter and mother Tiffany Kunkler, who rides a quad.
Tribune/Dan McGee - The Kunklers from Sparks are like many families that use the Moon Rocks for some quality time on two wheels. Son Kameron Carter (240) leads his stepfather Bret, who is followed by his brother Jeff. Riding shotgun are daughter Ashley Carter and mother Tiffany Kunkler, who rides a quad.
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For those that like to play in the dirt, on motorcycles, quads, 4X4's or rock crawlers, there's a wonderful spot for this type of motorized recreation called the Moon Rocks.

It's part of the 44,000 acre Hungry Valley Off Highway Vehicle recreation area so there's plenty of available space. According to Dave Kostelny, owner of the Cycle House, the area was designated for OHV use in 1983.

From the intersection of Victorian Avenue and Pyramid Way, the trip is about 24 miles and, depending on the traffic, takes from 30 to 40-minutes. The route goes north through the Spanish Springs area then veers left on Winnemucca Ranch Road.

Four miles later the pavement ends followed by a two-mile good dirt section. Turn left at the sign welcoming visitors to Public Lands onto Bedell Flat Road and the rocks that give this place its name are just ahead.

One note of caution for first timers, the dirt section is open range so be careful of cows that may be along the road. Hitting one would ruin a person's day not to mention their vehicle.

At Moon Rocks trails go around and over them while other trails are situated along the hills in the immediate area. Although most riders keep to the trails, those into rock crawling drive across the rocks.

Many groups use this and the surrounding areas and there are several places to go for information.

For motorcycles or quads a good starting point is Nevada Motorcycle Specialties located one block north of Glendale and Rock Blvd. Close by in Reno is the Cycle House, at 2060 Mill Street, which has a bulletin board on its front porch and Reno Motorsports, on Terminal Way by Mill Street.

For dual sport riders, information can be found on the internet at, www.dustdevilsmc.com.

Anyone wishing information on 4X4's or rock crawlers can check Samco Fabrication, at 862 Watson Way in Sparks, or Off Road Innovations at 2175 Market Street in Reno. Both have information on the various clubs in this area.

On the internet 4X4 and rock crawler groups have the following sites; www.reno4X4.com, www.hillsangels.com and www.rockgods.com.

An important item to be aware of is that unlicensed vehicles, like dirt bikes, quads, ATVs and some 4X4's are not allowed on state or county roads. And, under the new law, anyone riding or driving one of these vehicles must stay at least 1,000 feet from the nearest house.

Fortunately Moon Rocks site is far away from the nearest house.

Do to its popularity individuals, families and groups can be found around Moon Rocks. There's enough room for everyone and it's a great place for people of all ages to play in the dirt.
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Moon Rocks: A place to play in the dirt by Dan McGee, For the Tribune


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