While Utah may be best known for its snowy peaks and towering red rock cliffs, those are just some of the diverse landscapes to be found in the state. The stark yet beguiling Sevier Desert spreads through the middle of the state, drawing savvy adventurers for adrenaline-packed explorations of its iconic sand dunes.

 

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1. CASTO CANYON OHV TRAILS

We start off with Casto Canyon which ranks one of the top 10 riding trails in the country! Casto Canyon, located in Panguitch, allows you to explore the sandstone cliffs that range in color from white, pink and green while enjoying a nice trail ride on your ATV, motorcycle or UTV. This trail is great for hiking and off-road driving, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round, but the best times to visit are May through October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK

Venture onto a shifting sea of red sand. Changed by winds, these mountains and hills of sand can move as much as 50 feet per year! Near the town of Kanab, approximately 310 miles south of Salt Lake City. From US Hwy 89 north of Kanab, follow the signs west to the State Park. The best times to go are spring, early summer and fall, as the temperatures are the most mild and the weather is usually cooperative. The park stretches 3,730 acres. It’s the only major sand dune field on the Colorado Plateau and the only place in the world where you can find the Coral Pink tiger beetle. About 90-percent of the dunes are open for off-highway vehicles this makes the perfect dirt bike destination.

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3. KNOLLS OHV AREA

With nearly 36,000 acres of sand dunes, hills, and mud flats, this place is the perfect OHV play area. The dunes are not as large as Jericho but just as fun. If your looking for speed the mud flats are the place, you can drive long distances on these flats and rarely feel a bump. nearly 36,000 acres of sand dunes, hills, and mud flats located in the Great Salt Lake Desert make a perfect OHV play area. Off-road fun is waiting, but stay within the boundaries, the Knolls OHV area borders a bombing range. Located just off of I-80 in Utah’s west desert is the Knolls Recreation Area.

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4. LITTLE SAHARA SAND DUNES 

Little Sahara is not just one type of riding. With nearly 60,000 acres of dunes, trail and sagebrush flats, you’ve got options–plenty of them. Today, Little Sahara  sees upwards of 300,000 visitors a year, with the busiest periods on the holiday weekends around Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day. As with most popular recreation hotspots, if you can plan a trip during the week, you won’t have nearly the crowds to contend with.

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5. MILL CANYON OHV TRAILS

This expansive OHV trail system straddles the Wasatch Mountains and provides great access to scenic views, wildlife, and trails. Although many of the routes are full blown OHV doubletrack, there is still some great singletrack in the system. Trails like Bear Canyon, Salamander Flat, Ridge Trail, and Holman Trail are all amazing rides. From Utah Highway 92 near Alpine, head east into the mountains. The trail system generally starts around the Mutual Dell.

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6. MOAB OHV TRAILS

Moab has numerous trails suitable for ATVs and UTVs. Much of the public land surrounding the national parks is open to ATV & UTV travel on existing trails.  ATV & UTV riding is not allowed within either Arches or Canyonlands National Parks. ATV and UTV enthusiasts can use all of the popular Moab 4WD Trails or explore many of the other backcountry trails that surround Moab.

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7. SAND HOLLOW

Sand Hollow State Park is a state park located in Utah, USA, featuring a 1,322-acre reservoir and an extensive off highway vehicle recreation area on Sand Mountain. A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting

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8. WHITE WASH SAND DUNES

The White Wash Sand Dunes are located 48 miles northwest of Moab, and 25 miles southeast of Green River. The Sand Dunes themselves are delineated and fenced for open OHV play. These dunes, while not the largest in Utah, are unique in that they have many Cottonwood trees growing directly out of the dunes. This creates a beautiful setting for riding and has attracted several movies in recent years to film there.

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9. ARAPEEN ATV TRAIL

The popular Utah Arapeen ATV Trail System, located 2 hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah on Highway 89, is a great family trail with plenty of advanced sections for experienced riders. The uncrowded trail system is Enormous! It roams over 350,000 acres of National forest. There is over 600 miles of trail to explore and you can get to most of these trails right from your campsite.