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ATV & OHV Trails


ATV & OHV TrailsPaiute ATV Trail Network
The nationally recognized Paiute Trail system in south-central Utah is 275-mile long is one of the largest and most diverse off-road trail systems in United States. The main Paiute trail is an endless loop with no beginning and no end through four Utah counties including Wayne County with thousands of side trails and inner loops. It winds through mostly BLM and National Forest lands and thus belongs to all of us. It boasts the highest road in Utah at 11000+ feet. It also winds through canyons and deserts with a wide diversity of plants and animals.

The main trail is 275 miles long, with more than 1,000 miles of marked side trails and 1,500-plus estimated miles of side forest roads and trails. Due to its vast size, the Paiute ATV Trail is best explored in segments.

The mountains and plateaus of the Fishlake National Forest provide exceptional use for All-Terrain Vehicle travel. The Paiute ATV Trail winds through 250 miles of the forest's most scenic terrain.

Capitol Reef areaThe Paiute ATV Trail Riding Season
Spring through fall offers riding opportunities, though each season brings its own experiences and adventures. While spring riding is possible on the lower portions of the trail, snowdrifts usually close the trail over the Pahvants and the Sevier Plateau until early July. This part of the trail traditionally remains closed until mid-to-late July. September and October provide some of the best riding weather on the Paiute Trail. At this time of year the days are brisk, the nights cool, the trees colorful, and the chance of precipitation is low. August is also a good time for the high country, although the lower portions of the trail can be hot. After October, storms may close the upper portions of the trail or make riding slightly unpleasant, but not unbearable.

Boulder Mountain
Just south of S.R. 24, Boulder Mountain has many roads that are excellent for four-wheel-drive vehicles.North of Boulder Mountain over the back of Thousand Lake Mountain via Loa and Fremont is a ruggedly scenic 25-mile ride to Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park.

Boulder Mountain areaCathedral Valley
Offers a 58-mile loop that can usually be driven by vehicles with good ground clearance. It passes some of Capitol Reef's most spectacular and stark landscape, including the Temples of the Sun and Moon and Glass Mountain. Road conditions can vary greatly depending on recent weather conditions, so check at the visitors center for current road and weather conditions.

Capitol Reef National Park
Although most off-road driving is strictly forbidden within the park, a couple rugged routes lead into scenic areas, and many of the park's colorful vistas may be experienced from trails just outside park boundaries. Three recommended drives include: Cathedral Valley, Burr Trail and Boulder Mountain.

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