Per the Bureau of Land Management, no drones are allowed to be flown throughout KOH week.
Things to Bring
- Goggles - unless you want sand in your eyes; you may also want ear plugs to keep sand out of your ears; bring two pair of goggles - one clear, one shaded
- Plenty of food and beverages, especially beverages - you'll most likely run out
- Layers of clothing - who knows how hot or cold it will be
- A warm, relatively air-tight place to sleep - it will be cold at night and the wind will blow a lot of sand around GUARANTEED
- Cash - no Visa/MC on the desert floor and you'll want to have your RV pumped out, buy T-shirts, donate to land use org's, etc.
- Extra propane for heat if you have an RV
- Trash containers
- Extra TP
- Wet wipes for daily hygiene in case your RV runs out of water for the shower
- Sun block
- Drinking water
- Firewood (no pallets or other wood that could have nails in it) -
Firewood will be available for sale outside of Gate 4.
Prices are: $5 for what you can carry in your arms
and $200 for what you can put in your truck.
- Rain gear, wind gear
Things Not to Bring
- Glass containers
- High-capacity magazines (firearms)
- Wood with nails in it
- Anything you don't want filled with dust/sand
Things to Know
- You can wheel any time and any place you want (according to Dave) but you better stay out of the way of the competitors
- California seems to have some unique highway regulations related to hauling rigs - anyone with specifics please post up. Link toTrailer Towing Laws by State - I have not verified the accuracy of the information on this site, but it consolidates a lot of information in one place; validate if you're not comfortable with the site
- We rented our RV from Cruise America. They were on the recommended list and seemed to have the lowest "nickel and dime" fees for things like interior and exterior cleaning, liability insurance, etc.
- California has some funky towing/hauling laws. Here is the link to the California CDL Handbook. (Not dial-up fiendly; a 9MB+ file.)
- Motorized vehicles that are not licensed need an OHV permit
- Concealable firearms must be transported unloaded and in a locked container
- No rifles or pistols may be discharged in the JV OHV area
- All ATV riders must wear helmets
- All vehicles driven after dark must have head and tail lights
- All vehicles must have a muffler or spark arrestor
- No passengers are allowed on ATV's
- You may acquire non-resident OHV stickers through the California State Parks website
- Avoid logos on tow rigs, trailers and wheeling rigs; if stopped and questioned, you are going to Johnson Valley for some recreational wheeling - no mention of a race or competition
- 8500 Boone Rd. Landers, CA may work for an address to use with mapping software (Google Maps doesn't recognize it, Mapquest does); my Garmin 260W can find 7299 Boone Rd. Landers, CA
- Bring firewood from out of state at your own risk; you may be asked about it at checkpoints; firewood will be available for sale on the lakebed, a phone number for local delivery will be in the KOH program
- Slow down! There will be a LOT of people on the lakebed; driving fast will be risky and create lots of dust
Above information curtiousy of Pirate4x4.com
First time at King of the Hammers? First time visitors to the lake bed should take a look at this thread on visiting King of the Hammers.
**Early bird pricing is going on from now until January 25th for packages A and B. After January 25th, prices increase $70 for packages A and B. Get you order in NOW!!!
OHV Vehicles: All trail rigs, bikes, quads, UTVs need some form of permit. Street legal vehicles need proper plates and registration. California OHVs need a green sticker. Out of state motorized transportation will need to get an out of state green sticker. These will be for sale at the information booth in Hammertown.
PLEASE NOTE: All individuals in UTVs/Side by Sides are required to wear helmets per California law.
Cost: $20 a person is the requested donation fee for the week. This gets spectators access to hammertown, hammertown festivities, Driver Garages, the jumbotron, vendors and the port-a-johns,
Water and Dump Service: There will be a vendor on site in Hammertown where teams can go to schedule and pay for water and dump services throughout the week. We will not be offering pre-paid services like we did last year. Individuals will be able to deal directly with the Water/Dump provider on site.
Camping: Camping is free. Most of Mean's Dry Lake Bed will be filled by Hammertown. The race teams, vendors, and Hammerking HQ will all be on Mean's Dry Lake. Johnson Valley is an open OHV area, so other than Hammertown, Campers are able to camp essentially wherever they would like to as long as it's not within 200' of the race course.
Hotels: For those coming out for the first time, the closest town is Yucca Valley and the Best Western still has rooms available.
RV Rental: Corona Motor Home Rentals is the preferred Motor Home Rental of King of The Hammers.
Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet at Hartwell Hills to 2,300 feet at Melville Dry Lake. Vegetation consists of creosote scrub, annual grasses, wild flowers and Joshua Trees. The 188,000 acre OHV area is open during the week long King of the Hammers event to visitors from across the world. We ask that you take our spectator rules into consideration to ensure your trip is a safe and enjoyable vacation.
Local Grocery and Gas Stations:
The two closest towns to The Hammers are Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley. Here is a list of items that can be found in Lucerne Valley.
Access: The riding area can be entered from Highway 247 at Old Woman Springs Road or Camp Rock Road, 55 miles southeast of Barstow. Most visitors access the area off Camp Rock Road by driving north off of Highway 247. Staging for many competitive events is at Anderson Dry Lake, 10 miles north of Highway 247 and east of Camp Rock Road. These are graded dirt roads. King of the Hammers main camp takes place off Boone Road and is the southernmost entrance to the JVOHV area. Off Highway 247 in the town of Johnson Valley. Base camp or "Hammertown" is located on means Dry lake bed. Because of the number of routes into the park please be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Activities: Most visitors tour the area in four-wheel drive vehicles. The area near Anderson and Soggy, and Means Dry Lakes is used extensively for competitive racing events and OHV free play. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, rock hounding, and wildlife watching. The eastern boundary is shared with the Twenty-nine Palms Marine Air-Ground Combat Center. DO NOT enter this area.
Make sure you have the proper supply of drinking water at all times even in winter. The terrain is extremely difficult to navigate.
Offroading: Johnson Valley offers a riding opportunity for every skill level. The South east portion of the riding area offers a large mass of hills known to rock crawlers world wide as the "Hammers." This area is for experts . Most of this area will be included in the King of the Hammers (KOH) race course, please be aware of the course markers, and make note of the direction of travel. Do not drive against the direction of the course at any time during KOH week. North of the Hammers offers a quality riding experience for novice and intermediate riders and some small dune riding experience. There are two car/truck courses for racing in the north central and western portions of the valley and offers four events each year These areas may also be used for the KOH race, please make note of course markers and the direction of travel. Anderson Dry Lake on the western boundary of the area is used for casual riding for intermediate and novice riders . It is also used extensively as a staging area for competitive motorcycle events. Cougar Buttes has many uses and is a very popular with off-roaders. The butte boast areas with small rolling hills for the novice, rocky ridges for the more experienced riders, huge rock structures for the rock crawlers and is a popular place for motorcycle trials events. The 188,000 acre of-highway vehicle riding area has something for every rider at every skill level. Please be aware of your surroundings as we are sharing the park with multiple types of off-road recreation during the King of the Hammers event.
Rules for recreational visitors to Johnson valley are as follows;
Helmets are required on all ATVs! Also, there are no passengers allowed on ATVs.
All vehicles must have a muffler or spark arrester and have either a street-legal license or be registered as an off-highway vehicle.
Vehicles being operated at night must have head and tail lights.
The desert tortoise lives here and is a federally protected species. Please do not handle or disturb these animals.
Camping is allowed anywhere within the riding area that does not block travel on a road and is limited to 14 days.
Possession or use of pallets or wood containing nails is prohibited (43 CFR 8365.1-6).
Note: Possession or use of any glass container used to carry any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited. (43 CFR 8361.1-6)
Do not burn pallets or wood with nails!
Fireworks are not allowed in the JVOHV area.
It is unlawful to dump onto the ground RV waste water tanks.
Per the Bureau of Land Management, no drones are allowed to be flown throughout KOH week.
In addition the following rules are in effect for the week of the King of the Hammers race.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Rock ledges are steep, and composed of loose Rocks. Do not climb the steep ledges above spectators you may create a rock slide.
Do not view the race within 150 feet of the race course.
Do not attempt to assist extrication efforts during the race unless called upon by a track official, or the driver of the ve-hicle. You may cause the Team disqualification if they receive outside assistance during the race.
Do not attempt to touch any vehicle that is moving.
Do not drive backwards on the race course.
Do not drive on the race course
Do not view the race on the outside of a turn, or downhill from an obstacle.
Keep all dogs on a leash, and children in a safe location at all times.
Do not view the race from the pit stop locations unless you are a banded team member.
Do not park in the race course.
Driving under the influence is illegal off-road.
Cross the race course only when it is safe to do so.
Do not stack or remove rocks on the race course, do not modify Course markers, and do not attempt to increase the difficulty of the race course.
Law enforcement will be conducting checkpoints during the King of the Hammers race, please do not put yourself or others at risk, and refrain from drinking alcohol outside your camp.
Be aware open mine shafts located throughout the JVOHV area. These are dangerous.
The speed limit on Boone Road for the week of KOH is 15 MPH
The speed limit in camp is 15 MPH
Remote Pit location speed limits are 20MPH
KOH is a "No Chase" race, you may not chase your race vehicle at any time during KOH.
There is absolutely no outside assistance allowed in KOH.
All vehicles must possess a valid registration. Non Ca OHV temp registration is required.
Do not camp within 200 feet of the race course.
Do not stand on the course
Haul out your own trash, Please respect our public lands and Tread Lightly.
Hammerking Productions suggest each spectator vehicle be equipped with the following items, including but not limited to;
Drinking water, GPS, Race band radio, Compass, Flashlight, course map, and should be in good working condition.
Anyone want to know the course for the 2015 NItto King of the Hammers?!?
For the first time ever, the KOH, EMC and UTV courses are being released to the public the day before Hammertown opens! Thanks to CartoTracks the maps are for sale online, and spectators and teams can purchase and download the map to their smart phones before they lose cell signal in Hammertown! Drivers will still need to download gps files in hammertown and yes, there will still be posters available in the merchandise tent!
There’s a history in these hills.
It’s a storied one.
The tracks have changed through the years.
The numbers of drivers and spectators, those have grown.
And now, the way you look at the maps are about to change too…forever.
Your smartphone or tablet just became a handheld GPS device.
Welcome to the 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers!
COURSE MAPS and HAMMERTOWN MAP now LIVE!!!!
For the palm of your hand or in your race car showing you YOUR position!
No cell signal required once you have the app and maps downloaded.
Load the app and the map(s) to your device *BEFORE* you lose service.
1) Get the app here: http://www.pdf-maps.com/
2) Get the maps here:https://www.cartotracks.com/maps
3) Instructions here:https://www.cartotracks.com/how_it_works
Helpful Spectator Links for Attending King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire
Important information if you plan on attending the 2017 Griffin King of the Hammers can be found at the following links. Thanks to World Rally Team for the diagram that shows the danger zones on a race course.
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