The Paiute ATV Trail
900+ mile Paiute ATV Trail System, a trail system
with no beginning and no end, making it the largest in the nation! It
passes through multiple towns and has side trails leading to others.
Dirt Wheels magazine rated the Paiute ATV Trail as one of the top 10
trail systems in the country. It has been rated as one of the top 5
trails in the country by ATV Illustrated magazine. Many riders consider
the Paiute Trial to be the TOP US trail system.
Exploring the Paiute ATV Trail
The Paiute ATV Trail system is designed to provide an enjoyable recreation
ride through fantastic scenery. The trail system was formed by connecting
old roads and trails crossing the Fishlake National Forest with intervening
BLM-administered land. Multiple narrow sections of trail were constructed
to complete the interconnecting #01 loop. The main #01 trail is 238
miles long, with over 800 miles of marked side trails and an estimated
1900+ miles of additional side forest roads and trails that are open
to ATVs and other recreational vehicles thus making the Paiute ATV Trail
System the largest in the country.
The Paiute ATV Trail caters to relaxing and family-type riding.
Riders along the trails enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of a deeply
dense forest, as well as popular activities such as fishing or camping
near the path. It is truly impossible to put in writing how people must
feel as they sit on a ridge at 11,000 feet looking a hundred miles into
the distance, or maneuver their machine through a dense forest on a
four-foot-wide trail. The surge of joy and wonder when people see a
free-roaming herd of deer or elk is hard to describe. While taking a
break on a beautiful canyon trail, one would have to think, "It would
be impossible to describe this place - you have to be here!"
Just the main loop of the #01 trail is estimated to take approximately
25 riding hours to complete - but that doesn't leave much time for stopping
or taking pictures. For comfort and full enjoyment of the trail, the
time should be spread out over three to four days. However, riders choosing
to explore the thousands of miles of marked and unmarked side forest
roads and trails may find themselves riding for weeks.
The Riding Season
Every year in April, May, & June, when temperatures
begin to rise, people start thinking seriously about the fun of getting
out on the trail. They remember the grand times they had on the Paiute,
or they dream wistfully about what they have heard or read about the
trail. 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.
Located in South-Central Utah, the Paiute ATV Trail surrounds the
towns of Salina, Richfield, Aurora, Elsinore, Monroe, Joseph, Koosharem,
Marysvale, Junction, Circleville, Beaver, and many others, making any
of these a great place on the trail to set up camp, and explore in every
direction. ATV's are allowed on designated city streets allowing easy
access to the trail. With plenty of Camping, Hotels, Restaurants, Services,
and ATV rentals available. You will find these communities to
be the perfect place to stay while you enjoy the many miles of trail.
From almost any of these towns you can make nearly every point on the
trail within a days ride. Within minutes of downtown you will be enjoying
the most spectacular scenery the trail has to offer. As we said, just
the the main #01 trail is over 238 miles long, with thousands of miles
of marked side trails and other side forest roads and trails, so we
suggest that you do it in segments.
The Paiute ATV Trail is home to two of the countries
best ATV Jamboree's. The
Fillmore National ATV Jamboree, held each June with 14 choices of
trail rides for 500 rider, and the Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree, held
each September with over 70 guided trail rides and 650 riders.
Each features an ATV EXPO, mud bogs, ATV pulling contests, ATV Rodeo's
and much more. The Paiute ATV Trail is also home to one of the best
UTV Jamboree in the nation. The Paiute
UTV Jamboree, held each August in Marysvale Utah, is a MUST DO event.
So get out and enjoy the Jamborees.
Special thanks to the Fishlake, Manti LaSal
& Dixie National Forests and the Richfield District of the Bureau
of Land Management, the Paiute ATV Trail Committee consisting
of private individuals, and representatives of City, County,
State, and Federal organizations which guide trail development
and use. Their land use and management policies
have allowed for our controlled and careful use of ATV’s on public lands.
Thanks also to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, which
administers ATV registration, safety , rider training & certification
programs in Utah.