Friday, November 9, 2018

9 Awesome Family-Friendly ATV Trails in Utah County

Do you want to enjoy seeing the beauty of Mother Nature with your loved ones in Utah County? If yes, then hitting Utah ATV trails is a great idea. Utah County has lots of family-friendly ATV trails that you and your family can explore. Let’s have a look at some of these trails:

1. Arapeen OHV System

Situated at Central Utah, The Arapeen OHV System has more than 350 ATV trails as well as OHV roads spreading over the Wasatch Plateau. The well-maintained trails traverse alluring sceneries of forest cover and relatively challenging topography. As you hit the trails, you’ll be awe-struck by the beauty of the surrounding nature, not only the lush green vegetation but also beautiful rocks, glaciers, hills, valleys, and lakes of glass.

Are you up to a more challenging ATV trailing activity here? The hills at the Arapeen OHV System give you the opportunity to climb 11,000 feet up from a green landscape to a place where tree growth is unheard of.  Whether you want to stay outdoors for a week or a month having fun, the vast wilderness has a lot of awesome adventure rides and safe campgrounds that will make you not want to go back home anytime soon. Travel the Arapeen OHV System through Carbon towns, Emery counties or Sanpete towns and rest assured that each and every minute you spend here will be worth lifetime memories to you and your loved ones, including kids.

2. Amasa Valley OHV trails

The Amasa Valley OHV trails are found 40 miles on the west side of Delta in Utah, at the heart of the House Range. There are various easy and difficult trails to take care of your entire family’s ATV trailing wants. The difficult trails are located at Miller Canyon where it is extremely rocky and steep. The trails are not only suitable for ATVs but also dirtbikes and UTVs. Other than trailing, you can also enjoy the surrounding scenery and if you have ample time for your adventures, ensure that you visit Hermit’s Cabin which was transformed from a cave by the great Bob Stinson after World War I.

3. Arch Canyon and Combs Wash

Arch Canyon and Combs Wash have hundreds of miles of ATV trails.

As you ride along the trails, you are going to enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains, beautiful canyons, and rocks. The trails to the north will be suitable for your kids or you if don’t want very challenging trailing since they are fairly smooth and not very steep, apart from Hotel Rock which has rough and steep climbs. The latter also has bumpy rock obstacles. Camping is allowed everywhere at this scenic site but one major drawback is that the place doesn’t have any other amenity other than a vault toilet. 

4. The Slickrock Trail

The Slickrock Trail is situated on the eastern side of Moab and has been a prominent bike trailing destination since the 1960's. Its popularity will be evident upon reaching the Trail since you’ll find bikes everywhere. 

The 8.5 mile-trail with a maximum slope of 35% and an elevation gain of 361 feet climbs up and down various domes, mounds, and fins. Depending on your ATV trailing experience, riding along the trail can be an extremely challenging adventure. As you ride along the trails, your breath will be taken away by the beautiful views of the surrounding petrified dunes and the nearby Colorado River. 

5. American Fork and Mill Canyons

American Fork and Mill Canyons consist of a vast ATV trail network that can be easily accessed from various trailheads. If you like difficult trailing, the winding mountainside, single-track trails will be suitable for you while the wide, progressively climbing ATV trails are meant for people who don’t like very difficult stuff. However, if you choose to ride along the latter, you should be mindful of mountain hikers who mostly prefer the gentle trails.  

6. Black Dragon ATV Trail

Black Dragon ATV Trail is a component of San Rafael Swell. Here, you’ll find an outstanding off-road trail that leads you through a narrow and beautiful canyon. The trail is fairly challenging and starts as a normal desert road with a smooth beginning. However, the terrain becomes more rough and rugged as it approaches the canyon and eventually turns into a wash.

Black Dragon ATV Trail is suitable for both ATVs and UTVs. Camping is not allowed within the canyon but if you want to camp, you can do so anywhere outside the sand wash.

7. Casto Canyon Loop

Located in Garfield County, Casto Canyon Loop is a scenic trail that offers you easy access to the Barney Cove, Paiute ATV Trail, as well as Fremont. The trail is exclusively meant for machines with widths not exceeding 50 inches because it is a bit narrow. You’ll be amazed by the beautiful views of the ancient hoodoos, Ponderosa Pines, and sandstone cliffs. Note that you are now allowed to park your machine at the main staging area. Just travel for a few miles to reach lodgings or an authorized campsite when you want to take a rest after a long day of adventurous riding. 

8. Chicken Corners

Chicken Corners is located in San Juan County and features a narrow route overlooking the Colorado River. When you start on the south of the trail, you’ll see sheer red sandstone wall while the canyon floor drop-off is on the north side of the passage. The trail narrows as you approach the edge of the canyon.

9. Delle

Delle is located in Tooele County, west of Salt Lake City. It has an open riding area, with some parts being difficult to ride, while others are easy. So, Delle has trails that are suitable for experienced ATV riders and for training new riders. If you plan to spend several days here, camping won’t be a problem since you can pitch a tent anywhere you find an unoccupied spot.

All of these locations provide ATV adventures that your family will remember for a long time to come.