52 Miles Southwest of SLC
BLM website: Five Mile Pass
Five Mile Pass is a popular OHV play area. Plenty of parking, and many trails to explore. Part of the reason it is so popular is because it is one of the closest open areas to the Salt Lake City area to ride. There are a few amenities here such as bathrooms and plans for more in the future, but most of the camping is still pretty bare bones. Jeeps, atv’s, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and more come to enjoy this area, so be prepared to have some company. Don’t be scared off too much by this however, the parking and camp areas can become crowded but the crowds thin out quickly as you get out on the trails. Because this is an open freeride type area, you will find many trails branching off as you ride. The parking area is central to most of the trails and it’s easy to see where to begin from there. The area is free to use, is easy to get to, and very easy to find. It can get hot here in the summer, so it’s best to go Spring or Fall but it can still be ridden in the summer.
Google Map: Five Mile Pass
60 Miles South of SLC
Little Moab is a great area to ride with a few different choices of terrain. Near the turnoff from Highway 68 is an area of sand dunes with a series of tracks, trails, whoops, and open areas to get your adrenaline pumping!
Driving west there are endless dirt trails going in about all directions. Some trails include extreme hill climbs, rocky terrain, and fast dirt areas. Other trails are more mild and fun for the relaxing cruise around the country.
The main focus of Little Moab and where it gets it’s name is a large rock outcropping that provides crawling obstacles for riders of all levels.
Video: https: RZR in Little Moab
Google Map: Little Moab Map
The Willard Peak Road is located south of Mantua Utah. This area is very popular for camping, mountain biking and OHV use. The road is approx 12 miles long with ATV trails leading off in every direction. A great place to stage and enjoy the many riding opportunities this canyon offers is at Doc’s Flat, which is located 1 1/2 miles up the canyon.
From the Doc’s Flat area you can travel up Willard Peak Road to the top which dead-ends at Inspiration Point. On our visit the snow stopped us from going to the top, but we heard the views of the Wasatch Mountains, Cache Valley and the Great Salt Lake are spectacular.
Approx 2 miles from Doc’s Flat you will come to a road heading southeast with a sign that states “The next 3.8 miles traverse through private property stay on road”. If you choose to travel down this road you will be treated with views of a mountain valley and several Beaver ponds. All ponds can be viewed without leaving the road, and we urge you to obey the sign to help insure this road stays accessible.
This area has been under extreme controversy due to heavy use of OHV’s. Please stay on open trails and roads and pack it in pack it out! With that said, you will find an abundance of riding opportunities for all riding abilities. It is very common to see Deer, Moose, Elk and even Bobcats. The trails and even the roads will lead you through thick groves of Pines, Aspen, Oak and more. If you’re looking for a location to ride with the whole family, within a short distance from Salt Lake City visit this area.
Directions: Mantua is super small town that is close by Brigham city you will take the first exit to mantua and when you hit main street you will start heading south till you get to a big dirt parking lot this is where you will want to unload.
Google Map: Willard Peak
40 Miles South of SLCMary Ellen’s Gulch is one of our favorite rides up American Fork Canyon in Utah. In the spring and early summer the trail acts as a small stream handling water that runs down to the American Fork river. In late summer the trail is dry and rocky, but anytime of the year this is an amazing trail full of breathtaking scenery. There are a couple mines and and old cabin hiding up in the hills that are a lot of fun to stop and explore, or to pull off and have a nice picnic with the family.
Mary Ellen’s Gulch is an intermediate trail with some more advanced obstacles the further up the trail you go. This trail like most of the trails around the canyon is an old mining road, I don’t imagine that the miners back in the 1800’s had any idea their work would be the playground to off road enthusiasts. This trail is mostly dirt or loose rock with sections of boulders, and rock outcrops that make great obstacles for the rock-crawlers out there.
Google Maps: Mary Ellen Gulch