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Top 12 riding areas in Utah!

January 11, 2017
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We love to ride in a variety of states, but Utah is one of our favorites. With scenic mountains full of trail to the ride-wide-open desert to multiple unique sand-dune areas to the red rocks where you can test your crawling skills, Utah has it all. This ATV/UTV-friendly state even allows legal riding around towns and some cities as long as you check local laws beforehand.

We’ve broken down a list of our favorite spots in Utah. The list includes all sorts of terrain, so you are certain to read about whatever type of riding you like to do.

1. AMERICAN FORK CANYON
American Fork Canyon offers miles of OHV trails, ranging from dirt roads to single-track trails. American Fork Canyon is widely known for the singletrack motorcycle trails, but it also offers stunning views and roads wide enough for ATVs and UTVs. ATV and UTV/SxS trails, including dirt roads and designated ATV trails, are considered to be of moderate difficulty, although they do include steep drop-offs and edges. Visitors should explore the trails that lead to locations like Silver Lake, Mineral Basin, Cascade Springs, Mill Hollow, Snake Creek Canyon and Soldier Hollow. For more information on American Fork Canyon, see www.stateparks.utah.gov

The Arapeen OHV trail system is located two hours south of Salt Lake City in Sanpete County. You will find hundreds of trails to explore there.
The Arapeen OHV trail system is located two hours south of Salt Lake City in Sanpete County. You will find hundreds of trails to explore there.

2. ARAPEEN OHV TRAIL SYSTEM
The Arapeen OHV trail system is located in Sanpete County, two hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah, and includes 750,000 acres of national forest on the Manti Mountain and hundreds of trails to explore on your ATV, motorcycle or UTV. This location is ideal during the summer or for a weekend getaway. You can access the trails from the towns of Fairview, Mt. Pleasant, Spring City, Ephraim, Manti, Sterling, and Mayfield. For more information on the Arapeen OHV trail system, visit www.sanpete.com/pages/atv.

Casto Canyon is located in Panguitch, Utah, and loops into Bryce Canyon. There are breathtaking landscapes and epic trail rides.
Casto Canyon is located in Panguitch, Utah, and loops into Bryce Canyon. There are breathtaking landscapes and epic trail rides.

3. CASTO CANYON OHV TRAILS
Casto Canyon, located in Panguitch, Utah, allows you to explore the sandstone cliffs that range in color from white, pink and green while enjoying a nice trail ride on your ATV, motorcycle or UTV. These OHV trails allow you to travel through pine trees and can easily connect you to the Fremont ATV trail. Once on the Fremont trail you can go south and get to Tropic Reservoir and the Great Western trail or head north to the Paiute ATV trail system that is also on our list. For more information on the Casto Canyon trail, visit www.utah-trails.com/casto-canyon-trail.

Coral Pink sand dunes are located near the town of Kanab, Utah. It is unique, as pine trees grow in the reddish-colored sand, and the riding is great.
Coral Pink sand dunes are located near the town of Kanab, Utah. It is unique, as pine trees grow in the reddish-colored sand, and the riding is great.

4. CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK
The Coral Pink sand dunes are located just north of Kanab and is easily accessible right off of the freeway. The sand dunes include 1200 acres of red sand in which junipers and pine grow—a very unique site to behold. This riding location also offers a campground with paved roads, restrooms, showers and a sewage dump station. This location is ideal for the whole family, as it is convenient but also full of great riding for ATVs, motorcycles and UTVs. For more information on the Coral Pink sand dunes state park, visit www.state parks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink/.

5. FIVE MILE PASS OHV AREA
Located 25 miles west of Lehi, Utah, Five Mile Pass is a popular riding location for ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. This OHV area allows riders to explore many types of terrain, including hills, washes, desert and mountain terrain. For day users there is a large parking area with many accessible dirt roads for riding and camping. Plans are currently in the works to install facilities, including water and developed campgrounds, but it’s a good idea to come prepared until then. Currently, there are four new restrooms on site. For more information on the Five Mile Pass OHV area, visit www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake/recreation/off-high way_vehicle/fivemile_pass.html

The Knolls OHV area is 80 miles west of Salt Lake City and offers great riding. The terrain includes sand, hardpack, rocks and even salt flats where you can test your speed.
The Knolls OHV area is 80 miles west of Salt Lake City and offers great riding. The terrain includes sand, hardpack, rocks and even salt flats where you can test your speed.

6. KNOLLS OHV AREA
The Knolls OHV area is about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah, and only 45 miles east of Wendover, Nevada. This diverse area consists of white sand dunes, mud flats, trails and hills cascading over 30,000 acres of land. This land is managed by the BLM and is open for riding and camping year round. The cost to ride this location is $6 a day and $40 for an annual pass. There are toilet facilities available, but no running water. For more information on the Knolls OHV area, visit www.blm .gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake/recreation/ off-highway_vehicle/knolls__srma_.html

Little Sahara in Jericho, Utah, is an awesome place to have a dune session. It includes 60,000 acres of large sand dunes that are up to 700 feet tall. Located at Little Sahara is Sand Mountain, which is frequently visited by the fastest drag racers in the country.
Little Sahara in Jericho, Utah, is an awesome place to have a dune session. It includes 60,000 acres of large sand dunes that are up to 700 feet tall. Located at Little Sahara is Sand Mountain, which is frequently visited by the fastest drag racers in the country.

7. LITTLE SAHARA SAND DUNES
Little Sahara sand dunes located in Jericho, Utah, has been named one of Utah’s premier riding destinations. This recreation area includes 60,000 acres of large sand dunes (up to 700 feet), trails and rocky hills. Sand Mountain is a drag racer’s paradise where you can bring your machine and race it against the fastest machines Utah has to offer. When riding here, it is a requirement to use whip flags. A day-use fee or an annual permit are also required. When camping or just riding, the main staging areas include Sand Mountain, White Sands, Oasis and Jericho. The best time to ride this area is spring, summer or fall. For more information on the Little Sahara sand dunes, visit www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/fillmore/recreation/special_recreation/little_ sahara_recreation.html.

8. MILL CANYON OHV TRAILS
Mill Canyon, just west of Midway, Utah, in the Wasatch Mountains, is best to ride during late spring through early fall. The staging area can be found north of Soldier Hollow golf course and includes parking and restrooms. These trails stretch across 75 miles of mountains. An added bonus to the great mountain views are the chances to spot wildlife, such as deer, elk, moose, coyote, eagles, hawks and black bears. It is best to visit this area during the late spring through the early fall. Some of the best camping can be in the Wasatch Mountain State Park, American Fork Canyon and Little Deer Creek Campground. Also, these trails can be accessed from surrounding areas such as Soldier Hollow, Snake Creek Canyon and Tibble Fork in American Fork Canyon. For more information on Mill Canyon OHV trails, visit

Moab is world famous for rock crawlers and daredevils. It’s located 230 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. The technical slick-rock trails are worth checking out once in your lifetime.
Moab is world famous for rock crawlers and daredevils. It’s located 230 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. The technical slick-rock trails are worth checking out once in your lifetime.

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9. MOAB OHV TRAILS
Moab OHV trails can be found 230 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. This area is world-renowned for its technical slick rock and off-road trails, but it also offers sand trails. No matter the terrain you are riding, you will see some amazing scenic views. Because of its more technical terrain, riding in Moab is suggested for experienced riders or drivers. Even less experienced riders can enjoy the views by taking a local RZR or Hummer tour. The area is great year round; however, the summers may get unbearably hot. For more information on the Moab OHV trails, visit www.discovermoab.com/atv.htm.

10. PAIUTE ATV TRAIL SYSTEM
The Paiute trail system allows riders to enjoy over 1000 miles of trails, as it is Utah’s longest and one of the country’s most popular ATV trail system. As it is located in south/central Utah, it can be easily accessed from Beaver, Fillmore, Richfield and Salina. Each of the previously mentioned towns offer all the necessary accommodations. Riders can plan a trip in which they can ride from city to city while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the national forest and surrounding mountains. Riders can also enjoy stops along the way to fish or camp. The National ATV Jamboree, which brings in thousands of riders and drivers, is held in Fillmore and Richfield. The jamboree utilizes the Paiute ATV trail system for the largescale event. For more information on the Paiute ATV trail system, visit https://utah.com/atv/paiute-trail.

11. PINE LAKE OHV TRAIL
Pine Lake Trail, 37 miles east of Panguitch, Utah, offers mountain trails and views of the national forest. It is suggested that you park and camp at the Pine Lake campground because you can ride directly from there. This trail provides riders with great trails and camping. The trails are not technical, and it’s only a 21-mile loop, but you will be rewarded with outstanding views. For more information on the Pine Lake OHV trail, visit www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dixie/recreation/recarea/?recid=24982&actid=31.

12. SAN RAFAEL SWELL RECREATION AREA
The San Rafael Swell recreation area is 30 miles west of Green River, Utah, in Emery County off of Interstate 70. The 1500 square miles of BLM land consists of beautiful desert, canyon gorges and colorful landscape. When visiting this recreation area, it is a must to ride Devils Racetrack, Iron Wash, Buckhorn Wash, Ernie Canyon and 5 Miles of Hell. Some of these trails may be limited to singletrack only, but there is a wide range where you can ride your ATV or drive your UTV. For more information on the San Rafael Swell recreation area, visit www.sanrafaelcountry.com.

Sand Hollow State Park is located near St. George, Utah, and offers a lake, great sand dunes and some rock crawling. This area is great to visit during the spring and fall.
Sand Hollow State Park is located near St. George, Utah, and offers a lake, great sand dunes and some rock crawling. This area is great to visit during the spring and fall.

13. SAND HOLLOW SAND DUNES STATE PARK
Sand Hollow State Park is a short drive east from Saint George, Utah, in Hurricane. The only access to this park is through Hurricane, Utah. Sand Hollow allows you to explore scenic red sand dunes, sand trails and red rock. There are several challenging trails where you can test your ATV, motorcycle or UTV on rock-climbing obstacles. Beyond the beautiful scenery, camping sites are available, but must be reserved ahead of time. One thing that is unique about Sand Hollow is the lake that is located there. You can ride near the beach and then take a swim or go fishing. For more information on the Sand Hollow Sand Dunes State Park, visit https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/sand-hollow/.

14. WHITE WASH SAND DUNES
White Wash sand dunes, also referred to as “Dubinky,” is about 25 miles southeast of Green River, Utah, and 47 miles northwest of Moab. The area is open for OHV use and includes sand dunes, washes, slick rock and desert trails. If you are looking for a trail to test your technical riding skills, you should explore Brian’s Trail and Mary’s Trail for difficult slick-rock sections. East of the slick rock, one can find sand, washes, singletrack, and two-track. For more information on the White Wash sand dunes, visit www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/recreation/motorized_routes/0.html.

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