From dirt-road cruises to winch-mandatory rock crawls, Moab is an off-highway enthusiast’s paradise. Get the scoop on where and how to enjoy the local routes and open areas.
Moab has numerous trails suitable for use by an off-highway vehicle (OHV). Much of the public land surrounding the national parks is open to OHV travel on designated trails. However, please note that ATV & UTV riding is not allowed within either Arches or Canyonlands National Parks. ATV and UTV enthusiasts can use most of the popular Moab 4WD Trails or explore many of the other backcountry trails that surround Moab.
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The area’s beauty, history, 4×4 trails and hundreds of miles of old mining roads make it a place that will never be forgotten. Visitors can bring their own vehicles, rent a JEEP, or take a tour with one of Moab’s experienced guides. Moab has a full range of backcountry trails, from easy 2-wheel drive backcountry scenic drives to the ultimate in challenging 4-wheel drive trails, providing an opportunity for all to experience the beauty and solitude of an off-highway adventure.
The Red Rock 4-Wheelers is a non-profit club organized to bring together adventure loving individuals and families who share the common interest of active four-wheeling. Their objective is to encourage family recreation through the safe and responsible operation of four-wheel-drive vehicles. They also seek to utilize public lands in a responsible manner as part of an effort to keep public land trails and roads available for multipurpose use. The club organizes one of Moab’s largest events, the annual Easter Jeep Safari, which consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout the 9 day-long event. The club’s website contains a fantastic reference to most of the 4-wheel drive trails in the Moab area, including ratings for difficulty. For a detailed guide to motorized trails available for motorcycle trail riding, visit rr4w.com.
The Moab area offers tremendous diversity for motorcycle trail riding. From graded roads to motorized singletrack trails, you can choose a new adventure for each day of your visit. 4-wheel drive trails are the perfect way for most motorcyclists to explore canyon country. These primitive roads offer spectacular scenery, with difficulty that ranges from moderate to extreme. Riders seeking a longer-distance or less-rugged experience, can utilize the network of graded, dirt roads. They are generally maintained, but of course wash outs and other hazards can occur. At the most primitive end of the spectrum, motorized singletrack is available for riders seeking the confines of a narrow trail. These routes typically require a high degree of balance and coordination. They also lend themselves to lighter weight motorcycles with a smoother power band and low gearing.
In conclusion, a handful of motorized singletrack areas complement the many 4-wheel drive trails that put Moab on the map. Plan ahead or utilize one of the town’s many outfitters. For a detailed guide to motorized trails available for motorcycle trail riding, visit discovermoab.com.
OFF-ROAD ATVS & UTVS
From the family friendly White Wash Sand Dunes and Hurrah Pass Trail, to the more challenging Monitor & Merrimac Trail, there is an adventure to suit everyone’s taste. Note that ATV and UTV riding is not allowed within either Arches or Canyonlands National Parks.
One area that is particularly popular is the White Wash Sand Dunes. The White Wash Sand Dunes are located 48 miles (77.2 km) northwest of Moab. The dunes are quite scenic with large cottonwood trees growing within them, and red cliffs to the east providing a dramatic backdrop. White Wash, a popular travel route, borders three sides of the dunes. In addition, there are many miles of dirt roads in the area allowing access to Crystal Geyser and the Green River, as well as many other points of interest. Riders should obtain detailed maps from the Moab Information Center (Main and Center Streets in Moab) to navigate this system of unmarked roads.
Moab Area OHV Trail Access
The following information indicates parking areas to assist non-street legal machines with trail access. It is an overview which should be supplemented with maps or guide books which can be purchased at the Moab Information Center and many shops in town.
Street-Legal UTV/ATV Requirements
We want you to have a fun, safe, and enjoyable time while visiting Moab. Street-legal equipment requirements largely parallel the safety equipment you expect to find on a traditional motor vehicle. However, please note that if a vehicle is street legal in your home state it may not necessarily be street legal in Utah. Street legal UTVs and ATVs are not allowed on interstate highways. Carefully examine the requirements below:
UTVs and ATVs are allowed to be operated on paved roads, streets, and highways (not interstate highways) in the Moab area when the vehicles are:
Properly registered as street-legal.
Properly insured for highway use.
Properly registered as street-legal and comply with all of the UTAH street-legal equipment requirements shown above.
If your UTV/ATV does not meet these requirements it must be transported to and from the trailhead.