Northern Utah Offroading

National Forests

The National Forests of Utah are threaded with roads and trails which are appropriate for off-highway vehicle use. Inquire with each forest for suggestions.

Hardware Ranch

17 miles east of Hyrum at the head of Blacksmith Fork Canyon, backcountry roads fork east to Randolph, north to Bear Lake, or south to the Monte Cristo area.

Bountiful Peak

Open May through October, the 21-mile Bountiful Peak Farmington Canyon Scenic Loop from 100 North in Farmington to 400 North 1300 East in Bountiful, offers alpine scenery and what residents consider the most spectacular view possible of the Great Salt Lake.

Diamond Mountain Plateau and in Brown's Park

Between Dinosaur National Monument and the Green River, one can explore the rugged scenic terrain where Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch wandered. Seventy miles south of Ouray are the wild Book Cliffs, off the beaten path by anyone's standards.

The Great Basin

The Great Basin offers solitude and vast open stretches for off-highway exploration, and some demanding mountain terrain as well. In the northwestern part of the state, the old Railroad Bed Road, a remnant of the first transcontinental railroad, which was completed in 1869, continues west from Promontory to SR 30. Use caution.

The Oquirrh Loop Tour

This trail begins in Salt Lake and takes secondary paved roads to several historic sites and ghost towns. Thirty miles south of Tooele, the historic Pony Express Trail extends west for 150 miles through rugged sagebrush terrain and small mountain ranges to the Nevada border. Many beckoning off-road trails fork from the Pony Express Trail.

Little Sahara Recreation Area

Accessed thirty miles west of Nephi, two-thirds of Little Sahara Recreation Area's 60,000 acres are set aside for off-highway vehicles. Four-wheelers, dune buggies, dirt bikes and ATVs may be used on the sagebrush flats, Black Mountain area, and the vast area of free-moving sand dunes.

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