Utah ATV Trails: 14 Awesome Trails You Can’t Miss

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Utah ATV Trails: 14 Awesome Trails You Can’t Miss

Ready to hit the trail? With mountain ranges, lakes, and even desert, Utah is one of the most beautiful states and perfect for outdoor adventure. And, Utah ATV trails are some of the best in the country.

What makes Utah ATV trails so great is the diversity of the trails. You can choose between rugged mountains and pine, sand dunes, red rock, and lake side trails. Read below for a look at the 14 best Utah ATV trails to start your perfect outdoor adventure.

Utah ATV Trails

Skyline Drive ATV Trail Manti-La Sal National Forest
Photo by Ken Lund

Skyline Drive Trail (Arapeen OHV Trail System)

Located about 2 hours south of Salt Lake in the Manti-La Sal Forest, the Arapeen trail system is made up of hundreds of trails that range in difficulty and scenery. The most famous trail is the Skyline Drive trail, a path that follows a mountain top and leads to a gorgeous summit. Talk about dreamy. The trail is open from late summer to late fall.

Besides being one of the best Utah ATV trails, the area is great for camping, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the beautiful aspens and mountain flowers.

Pine Lake Trail

Located near Panguitch, Utah, the Pine Lake Trail is a scenic loop that winds through the national forest with many lookout points to stop at. It is recommended to park and camp at the Pine Lake campground, which has a trail that directly leads to the four wheeling and dirtbike trail. There is parking right outside the campground for your OHVs. There is a $15 fee for the campsite and additional fees for added vehicles.

White Wash Sand Dunes

White Wash Sand Dunes 

Located in Moab, Utah, the White Wash Sand Dunes are one of the many ATV riding sites Moab has to offer. Zoom past cottonwood trees and race beside red cliffs found to the east of the dunes. There are also many miles of dirt roads nearby for more riding.

  • Difficulty Rating: Medium
  • Mileage: Open area for riding
  • Path Type: Open area
  • Elevation: 4,000 ft.- 4,400 ft.
  • Transportation: Click the links for directions from Provo, Draper, Salt Lake, or Ogden
  • Nearby Campgrounds: There is open camping at Dunes but no services. Services are offered at Green River State Park camping.
  • Nearby Hiking Trails: Moab hiking
  • Nearby Restaurants: Tamarisk burgers and La Pasadita mexican food

Silver Lake Flat (American Fork Canyon)

Located 25 minutes north of Provo near American Fork, Utah, the canyon has hundreds of trails weaving through thick forests with breathtaking views. Be careful of the drop-offs and cliff edges as you weave through the scenery in this canyon. The best part of this Utah ATV trail is how close it is to the towns. You don’t have to go far to get to Silver Lake Flat. 

Silver Lake Flat follows mountain streams as you ride through the forest. There are two minor trails that make up Silver Lake Flat: the Milkmaid Trail and the Major Evans Trail, with the latter being more difficult with its switchbacks and steep inclines. 

dixie national forest

Yankee Meadows Trail (Bryce Canyon)

Located in Southern Utah, the Bryce Canyon National Park area is a beautiful place for hiking and exploring. The park itself does not allow ATV rides, but the backwoods trails definitely make up for that.

The Yankee Meadows Trail has some shallow water crossings and even passes along the lake. If you really want to enjoy the canyon and see some of its best sights, look up Ruby’s Guided Tours to schedule a ride around. Tours run from the end of March through October.

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Located near Nephi, Utah, these dunes make a great place for exploring and testing out ATV maneuvers. If you are looking to learn to ride an ATV, this is the place for you! If you are already an experienced rider, use the dunes and drops to practice old tricks and come up with some new ones.

Arch canyon combs wash ATV trail
Photo by Todd Lochmoeller

Arch Canyon and Combs Wash

Located near Blanding, Utah, this canyon offers hundreds of off-road trails to explore that range in difficulty, making it a fun outing for any type of ATV rider. There are even a couple black diamond (advanced) trails, but for the most part, there are beginner trails that cater to relaxed trail-lookers.

Black Dragon ATV Trail

Located near Green River, Utah in the San Rafael Swell, this dreamy sand wash trail weaves through a narrow canyon. It is moderately difficult, so be prepared for some rugged terrain. Make sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful pictographs that decorate the canyon walls. It is open year round but aim for spring or fall to get the best ride.

Diamond Fork

Located near Spanish Fork, Utah, Diamond Fork has several singletrack trails of varying intensity. The scenic trails wind through trees and up to Strawberry Ridge. There is plenty of parking available, and you will love the beautiful climate.

hole in the rock utah atv trails

Hole in the Rock Trail

Located near Hall’s Crossing, this historic trail that will take you back to the old pioneer days. It is open to jeeps and motorbikes along with ATVs so bring a group and make a trip out of it. There are lots of campsites along the well-marked trail, and you will love the slickrock and sand washes. You can take a ferry to get to the trailhead more easily.

The Hole in the Rock Trail is one of the most remote Utah ATV trails. Be prepared to drive a long distance on a dirt road and be sure to take a lot of supplies with you.

Doc’s Beach

Located near Vernal, Utah, Doc’s Beach may not be the greenest ride, but you will get to enjoy a variety of trail types. Try your hand at the sand washes, or go for the hillclimbs. You will be in awe the beautiful canyon view and the sight of the Utah mountains. Bring a camera along with your helmet for this one.

 

Jordan River ATV Park

Jordan River OHV Park

Located near Salt Lake City, Utah, this is a recreation park designated specifically for off-road vehicles. Unlike the other trails on this list, this park is one of the most urban Utah ATV trails around.

There are four tracks with two assigned tracks for motocross, one for motorcycles, and one for ATVs. Really get into the grind here with turf and tracks specially designed for off-road speeding. There are some off-road trails available as well.

Murdock Basin

Located near Heber City, Utah, Murdock Basin is full of long loops and hard-packed trails perfect for ATVs. Enjoy a nice ride with beautiful mountain scenery and lake views. The trails are typically open from June through October. It’s the most popular Utah ATV trail in Wasatch County. 

Poison Spider Mesa ATV Trail

Poison Spider Mesa

This is the second of the Utah ATV trails in Moab, this is a trail for more experienced ATV riders. If you like steep climbs and switchbacks, you will be sure to enjoy the ride Poison Spider Mesa gives you past beautiful Navajo sandstone. Ride this trail if you are looking for something more challenging.

There are even more Utah ATV trails out there. Happy trails!

Author: Maryn Hooper

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