Steve's ATV Rentals
4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Since 2001, Steve’s ATV has been providing rentals of ATV, UTVs, and Dune Buggies to the Pismo beach (Oceano) Dunes. We feel that we have the best job in the world, letting others experience the fun and excitement of a day out on the dunes – if you have never taking a UTV full speed through the sand dunes or desert you are missing one of the joys of modern life! In 2008, we also added locations in the Oregon Dunes and Southern California desert. We rent where we like to ride ourselves and live and breathe the thrill of ATVs and UTVs. Each location we have is different, each has it’s own unique wonders to explore. Come find out why more families choose Steve’s ATV Rentals for the best family fun in the Oceano/Pismo Dunes, Oregon Dunes and Southern California Desert. Also, come see why we have the best time sharing our passion for riding with all of you, we’ll be waiting!
Oceano, California

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imt999
San Francisco, CA34 contributions
Aug 2021
Great experience yesterday from start to finish. It was our first time riding ATVs and we absolutely loved it! Very patient, efficient, polite and knowledgable staff at the office provided answers to all of our first-timer questions, gave clear instructions on the shuttle, etc. We had no issues getting to the right place (although our driver picked up a couple of lost soles on the beach walking more than a mile in the heat to their rental by BJ's, they were not guided properly). Once arrived to the beach check in, it was also a quick process, very clear video instructions in the trailer, sizing for helmet, goggles (they use Lysol generously to clean helmets, gloves and goggles), you may want to bring your own helmet liner in case they are out. Instructor was clear, explained how to operate, demonstrated, gave us good advice, recommended to take a video of the ATV to avoid any concerns later and answered all of our questions patiently. It was a great weekend at the Oceano Dunes - we will be back soon!
Written August 23, 2021
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Mark O
Sacramento, CA4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Came here on a last minute trip. Was able to reserve 3 ATV'S for my wife, daughter and I. Reservation at office was super easy and person at front desk was very polite and professional. Next day we got to check in trailer and the Lady there was also extremely nice and helpful. The process was so easy. The instructor was awesome at explaining how everything worked. Had a blast! Came back check in was easy. When we were leaving my personal truck got stuck. I didn't even ask for help and an employee ran out and helped me get unstuck. The employees are the best. Came back the next day to buy t-shirts and sweaters and Jami was so helpful! Will come back again.
Written August 26, 2021
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all50stateswith2kids
24 contributions
Dec 2019
We rented 3 ATV’s and had a really amazing morning. We arrived early and had the extra advantage of a relatively quiet beach despite the holiday (12/31/19). My 17 year old son had experience driving ATV’s so could help us when we got stuck and led the way. I noticed that Steve had trucks roaming that were also available if needed. Professionally run by friendly people.
Written January 3, 2020
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Bob
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I paid for the gloves rental and they didn't provide gloves due to some covid issue and have refused to give me a refund for the cost of the gloves rental for the 4 of us. Rip off!
-They also were vague about the bus pickup and the driver didn't pick us up the first trip. We were so lost about this step we had to call the store back and wait on hold a while of course
-They didn't bother telling us our reserved time wasn't what we reserved but whenever you leave the rental place which almost cost us a few hundred dollars
Written August 2, 2021
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JAMES A
2 contributions
Apr 2020
Great experiences bringing the family down from Santa Cruz to Pismo to rent ATVs over the years. Friendly and helpful customer service, very fair pricing. ATVs are always in great shape and if one is not working properly they willingly swap out for one that is no issues. Highly recommend!
Written March 26, 2021
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MaxwellGallery
Big Bear Lake, CA2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
Together with my two best buddies, we used Steve’s Rentals for a two-hour ATV ride. It was great - in every way. The sign-in process was quick & easy. Considering the weekend crowds, they were prompt, efficient & very nice. The equipment is in great shape & the terrain wasn’t too difficult for us novices. We’ll definitely use them again!
Written March 8, 2021
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Avocado
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Let me start by saying that, I had (not anymore) been a happy customer of Steve’s for the last 10 years, which is why I got my team here for a corporate event earlier this week. The experience was a complete opposite this time around, we felt scammed and I don’t think I’m coming back, or recommending anyone to go here. In fact, I’m going to ask people to stay away from this place and go to BJs. There were some serious red flags that we should have caught even before we got on the ATV:

1. One of my colleagues was looking to upgrade to a more powerful ATV, and we were okay to pay the additional charge; and he asked one of the instructors to explain the difference between the 2 ATVs. We were expecting him to talk about speed, control etc. Instead the response was that, the other one has more “expensive parts”. Who says that? Just speaks to the mindset of the people working here, who I dare say, are looking to extort people for money by eating up their deposit?
2. As we were looking to get on the ATVs, the instructor asks us to take the video of the ATV completely transferring the liability onto us. In the past (and in other rental car companies), you would usually have someone from the company walk with the customer around the car and inspect it ‘together.’ That wasn’t the case here and all of our ATVs were stacked so close to each other that it was impossible to do the videos of the front/back of any of the ATVs in its entirety.

We come back after the event, and one of their instructors tells us that the handle alignment for one of the ATVs if off by 0.5 inches and we need to pay for it. We asked him if he was certain that we did it, and his response was, “I can’t be certain, but if you don’t have the video to prove it; then you are going to have to pay.” We were EXTREMELY fortunate that one of the team members had read about their arm-twisting tactics to extort money and we had a close up video of the handle bar which showed that we received the vehicle in the ‘same’ condition as it was returned aka, the handle alignment was off from the start. As soon as we found the evidence, he just drove the ATV out and parked it in-line to give it to OTHER CUSTOMERS. If this was a genuine issue with the vehicle, we would have expected that he would take it out of service and get it fixed. We suspect that they would dupe other customers with the same BS antics.

I’m certain that we will find many customers (from the past) who have been in similar situations. We are considering filing a suit against Steve’s for -

1. My colleague who was on that ATV with a misaligned handle has been complaining of wrist pain right after the ride. He did share that with the instructor as well after the ride.
2. I’m certain that, similar tactics would have caught other unsuspecting customers off-guard.

We will let the investigation takes it course, but we are going to pursue that route.
Written June 10, 2022
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S.F.111 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
My 10 year old son and I have driven the 4 hour trek to Pismo Beach 5 times over the past 2 years and each time rented from Steve's ATV Rentals on Pier Avenue.

The costs are reasonable and for a 125cc and a 250cc ATV, early bird special, 3 hours of riding, all insurances covering both ATVs, a helmet, gloves and goggles for me the cost was $186.00.

We always go early because you get an extra hour of riding, there's rarely any other riders to worry about on the dunes and it's rarely windy which is usually the case in the afternoons.

I've talked with several different front desk personnel and they've always been friendly, cheerful and helpful. I've read about the complaints about the beach shuttle but keep in mind, it's a free shuttle that runs on the beach and is subject to all the weathering any vehicle used on the beach exclusively is going to have..a bit of rust, sand from the 'beach', etc. It's only used for a less than 5 minute ride to and fro. It's the beach....

I would've given Steve's ATV a 5 star rating but we have had minor issues with the ATV's..won't go in reverse on one rental, putting it in reverse shut the engine off on another, etc..but nothing that took away from the fun of riding on the beach. We will definitely be back again and again.
Written June 18, 2016
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Karen F
Pennsylvania1 contribution
Aug 2015 • Family
A group of us were visiting CA from the east coast and the kids wanted to go ATVing in the dunes. We called the day before and made a reservation for 5:30pm and were told that they would stay open and accomodate our large group. We rented cars and drove almost two hours in traffic to get there, arriving 15 minutes late and were told that they closed for the day. We had even called on the drive up to confirm with them that we were on our way!! Michelle told us it would be fine and NEVER told us that if we were 15 minutes late, the reservation would be cancelled. When we arrived, Michelle was no longer there and the owner said, 'too bad. Come back tomorrow' which we couldn't since we were driving back to Santa Barbara and heading to LA the next day. The kids were beyond upset. We had taken them out of camp early that day, rented cars, drove 4 hours total (up and back), all for nothing. Thanks a lot, Steve!! Will never be back. They don't honor their commitments. We even saw them driving away with the ATVs as we were standing there. Not a way to run a business.
Written August 17, 2015
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Dgomez
25 contributions
Jul 2014
Awesome fun!!! Will for sure use Steves again when atv riding!! Very easy rental and on and off the beach!
Written July 11, 2014
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