If you’re a regular UTV or ATV rider, you know the thrill that comes with exploring the great outdoors and going into tight, technical areas that are difficult or impossible to access with a road-going truck or SUV. Unfortunately, for many living in certain parts of the country, most notably California, environmental activism and legislation has severely limited access to many of these areas. However, the state of Utah is inviting off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts with open arms and is, in fact, opening hundreds of miles of new trails in 2016 and 2017 to OHV riders.
The picturesque western state is home to five national parks and numerous state parks that welcome OHV riders. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day trip with the family or a more rugged, multi-day wilderness camping adventure, Utah has a place for you. Among the destinations awaiting your visit are the Wolf Creek Adventure Center near Ogden, offering OHV rentals and guided tours; Prospector OHV Backway Complex, with more than 800 uninterrupted miles; Wasatch Mountain State Park with 70 miles of trails, parking areas, restrooms, camping facilities, and a golf course; and the Velvet Ridge Trail near Carbon, with a 19-mile thrilling trek to Hell’s Hole. Finally, San Juan County in the Southeastern region of the state, features a loop trail with more than 400 miles of trails that circumnavigate the county.
The state is also home to the Outlaw ATV Jamboree that will be held on July 27-30, 2017, featuring trail rides, entertainment, and OHV enthusiasts from across the country. You can find out about all these scenic and memorable destinations and more at Utah’s official tourism and travel site, VisitUtah.com.