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Sundance Kid OHV Trail

Wanna live like an outlaw? Test your mettle as you scramble up and down slopes along the Sundance Kid OHV Trail, or pick your hideout near an old coal mine.



There is no shortage of OHV trails in Uintah County, for both beginner and experienced riders. The Sundance Kid OHV Trail fits right in between. Aptly named for an outlaw who experienced some spine-tingling ups and downs, this ride delivers adrenaline of the legal kind.

Trail Overview

Who needs roller coasters? Get your thrill on while driving the moderate doubletrack Sundance Kid OHV Trail. You’ll climb to ridge tops, then race down into wash bottoms. Along the way, you’ll see abandoned coal mines and snow covered Marsh Peak. Take time to explore the deep canyons, then take a breather as you overlook Ashley Valley.

Trail Details

Accessible By:

  • Dirtbikes
  • ATVs
  • Side by sides
  • UTVs
  • Jeeps and 4x4s

Distance: 29 miles
Rating: Moderate
Technical rating: 6/10
Time to ride: 4 to 5 hours

Seasonal: Late spring to fall

How to Get There

From Vernal, head west on State Route 121 for about 5 miles. The Coal Mine Basin Loop Trailhead, located at 40°26'15.9"N 109°38'49.5"W, serves as the staging area for the Sundance Kid OHV Trail.

Need to Know

Bring water, food and extra fuel so you can go as long as your adventuring spirit holds up. Remember to leave the area as picturesque as you found it: pack it in, pack it out.

Download maps before heading out, as cell service may be spotty.

Downloadable Maps:

Sundance Kid Loop

Outlaw Trail System

Nearby Places to Stay



Nearby Rentals

You can rent an OHV for the day, or just a few hours, from local vendors.

Nearby Sights

You can do a little more exploring, this time by foot, at the McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs. Located about 11 miles north of Vernal, this Utah Historic Site includes several panels of petroglyphs and pictographs. Wear hiking shoes — the 1.6-mile trail is steep in places.

Surprise! Utah was once home to dinosaurs. See some tracks at the Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway. The moderate to strenuous hike is 3 miles roundtrip. It’s a hot one — no shade — so you might want to start early. But it’ll be worth it when you reach the dinosaur watering hole, er lake, at the top, where the tracks are conveniently located.

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  • Facilities: Steinaker State Park
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Trail Features
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance (mi.): 20
  • Parking Type: Parking Lot
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Trail Traffic: Light
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Closest National/State Park
Red Fleet State Park 5
Dinosaur National Monument 10
Steinaker Reservoir 5
map pin 40°26'15.9
Vernal, UT 84078 See Map
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