Rock Crawling & Jeeping
Some of the most popular ATV/OTV/Razor trails in southern Utah include the Paiute ATV trail, which many consider to be the best organized trail in Utah and consists of a 250 mile loop; Canyon of Gold, west of Marysvale; Canyon Rims Recreation Area, a diverse region between Monticello and Moab; Coral Pink Sand Dunes; Casto Canyon Trail, which features red hoodoos, sandstone cliffs of varying colors and ponderosa pine; Fremont Trail, which begins in Circleville and runs 50 miles; Paunsaugunt Trail in the Powell Ranger District of Dixie National Forest; Poison Creek Trail in the Escalante District of Dixie National Forest, southeast of Antimony; and the La Sal Mountains in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, where three separate mountain blocks provide islands of trees.

 Every January, the Utah 4x4 club hosts Winter on the Rocks, an off-road and rock crawling event that draws hundreds of participants and promotes awareness of public land issues. Many of the Winter on the Rocks trails are located around the Sand Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle area which is next to Sand Hollow State Park. The Bureau of Land Management has specifically designated this area for off-road use. Southern Utah is home to rock crawling trails of various levels of difficulty, and the ones near St. George are just as extreme and enjoyable as the trails in Moab and the eastern part of the state.

While off-roading is not allowed within Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, there are a number of surrounding trails that offer thrilling ATV rides and awesome park vistas and provide a unique way to experience these areas. The Grand Canyon and surrounding region has many vistas, canyons and trails that are only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles. In southwestern Utah, the East Fork trail system in Dixie National Forest begins at Tropic Reservoir, although drivers are warned that some roads within the system are closed for logging operations. Other favorite areas for off-highway vehicles include Kodachrome Basin State Park, which lies south of Cannonville, the Bureau of Land Management’s Sand Mountain, located 8 miles south of Hurricane, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Additionally, 60 miles from Escalante is the famous Hole-In-The-Rock, which overlooks Lake Powell and affords diverse scenery along the Kaiparowits Plateau.
Southeastern Utah is widely considered the off-highway capital of the world. The famous Moab Jeep Safari, which is held every Easter, attracts a variety of four-wheeling enthusiasts who come for the area’s driving challenges like the Moab Rim, Poison Spider Mesa and other BLM trails. Other popular four-wheel drive roads in southern Utah include Elephant Hill in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, as well as the White Rim Trail loops around Island in the Sky Mesa, which runs over 100 miles. Located west of Blanding, there is a 38 mile dirt and gravel road that travels over Bear’s Ears in the Abajo Mountains to Natural Bridges National Monument and connects to forest roads that lead into Beef Basin or can be followed into Monticello.