For many decades, Salt Lake City has been the prime destination for many vacationers visiting Utah. The wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, museums, and premier shopping spots have all contributed to the ever-growing popularity of Salt Lake City and the state of Utah in general. Salt Lake City is even more popular with people who love having fun in the wild outdoors. One of the best ways to experience the wild outdoors is by renting an ATV tours and going to some of the popular Utah ATV trails and the surrounding areas. Below are some of the interesting things to do in Salt Lake City especially for ATV lovers.
1. American Fork Canyon
The American Fork Canyon is one of the most popular canyons in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. For many years, the American Fork Canyon has been a favorite for ATV riders due to the many miles of ATV trails set in a natural environment with stunning views. Although some of the trails include rough edges and steep drop-offs, the American Fork Canyon trails are considered to be of moderate difficulty. To get the best out of your visit, you should explore the trails that lead to places like Silver Lake, Cascade Springs, Mineral Basin, Soldier Hollow, Snake Creek Canyon, or Mill Hollow.
2. Arapeen OHV Trail System
Located about a two-hour drive south of Salt Lake City, the Arapeen OHV Trail System includes 750,000 acres of natural forest filled with hundreds of trails for visitors to explore on their bike, motorcycle, or ATV. The forest’s location on the Manti Mountain creates a perfect picturesque background as you enjoy a ride. A visit to Arapeen is ideal particularly during the summer. The trails are easily accessible from the towns of Mt. Pleasant, Fairview, Ephraim, Spring City, Manti, Mayfield, and Sterling.
3. Knolls OHV Area
This is another area in Utah that was specifically designed for ATV riding and other great riding adventures. The Knolls OHV area is located just about an hour’s drive west of Salt Lake City and stretches over 30,000 acres of riding land. This diverse area is made up of white sand dunes, hills, trails, and mudflats that offer the perfect environment for riding with beautiful views of the semi-arid surroundings. The riding trails here are fairly easy and can be enjoyed even by kids who know how to ride ATVs. The land is managed by the BLM and can be accessed all year round for riding and camping.
4. Little Sahara Sand Dunes
If you were looking for one of the best known premier riding destinations in Utah, you’ve found it. Little Sahara Sand Dunes can be best described as a riders’ heaven with over 60,000 acres of huge sand dunes (about 700 feet), rocky hills, and trails that provide an awesome environment to have a wild dune session. Whether you are camping or just riding, make sure you take a tour of the main staging areas that include Jericho, Oasis, White Sands, and Sand Mountain. Sand Mountain is a must-visit especially during one of its popular drag race competition where you can bring your ATV and race it against some of the fastest machines Utah has to offer. To access the area, you will need to pay a day-use fee or provide your annual permit.
5. Mill Canyon OHV tours
Mill Canyon is located just west of Midway in the Wasatch Mountains. The staging area is located north of Soldier Hollow golf course and has restrooms and parking for guests. The trails stretch across over 75 miles of mountains where you can get beautiful views of the surrounding area and if you are lucky, wildlife such as elk, deer, moose, eagles, coyotes, hawks, among others. The trails are accessed from surrounding areas such as Snake Creek Canyon, Little Deer Creek Campground or Soldier Hollow. The best time to plan your trip to Mill Canyon n is during late spring through fall.
6. Moab OHV Trails
The Moab trails are quite far from Salt Lake City (about 230 miles southeast) but definitely worth the drive. The area is world-renowned for its off-road trails, sand trails and technical slick rock. Due to its more technical terrain, only experienced riders are advised to take on the Moab trails. The great thing about Moab is that no matter the terrain you are on, you will see the gorgeous views that surround the area.