Places to Ride in the USA

The United States of America is extremely diverse when it comes to geographical terrain. America is over 3.5 million square miles, which means there are plenty of off-road playgrounds for the OHV enthusiast right outside our own backdoor. Hopefully you live close to an area with great riding, but if you don’t, you can bet there are many awesome places to ride that are worth taking a trip for. We have highlighted 12 areas across the country – some well known, others that we want to spread the word about – that not only offer awesome trails, but give you the chance to see some pretty epic scenery while you’re at it. Some are open lands, some are private riding parks and some are a combination of both, but they all offer some terrific riding. Keep on reading to check out some of the best places to ride across the country and to locate some areas that are close to your neck of the woods!

LOCATION: Moab, Utah

Redrock Paradise

The area around Moab, Utah is extremely well known for its expansive and diverse red rock trails, canyons and national parks. The area has hundreds of miles of OHV trails on public and BLM lands to choose from that offer spectacular views and fun challenges rating from easy to extremely difficult. With the variety of trails and obstacles available, there is truly something for everyone in Moab. Every type of OHV is welcomed, although some of the more difficult trails require 4×4 capability to be able to cross the terrain. Home to multiple annual 4×4 events including the Rally on the Rocks UTV/SXS Rally, Moab is the place to find exciting adventures all year long. Some of the most popular trails include Hell’s Revenge, Poison Spider Mesa, Golden Spike, The Rim, Hidden Valley, Chicken Corners, Kane Creek, Hurrah Pass, and Pritchett Canyon for ATVs and UTVs. The options for off-road fun are endless in Moab.

The town of Moab is well equipped for off-road tourists and has a large number of motel/hotels, RV, and camping locations available, grocery stores, gas stations and tons of great restaurants to choose from. You can even rent 4×4 vehicles if needed. Be sure to call ahead to check availability as the little town can fill up quickly if an event is being hosted. You won’t regret visiting and riding in Moab – you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. Go check it out!

UTVs Playing on the RocksExploring Moab on Motorcycles

To find out more information about Moab, check out www.discovermoab.com and www.moab-utah.com.

LOCATION: Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

Baumgartner Trails

Baumgartner Trails Weave Through Beautiful Landscapes

The mountains in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest not only have amazing views and awesome camping but offer some epic riding as well. The Baumgartner area is situated alongside the South Fork Boise River, 11 miles from Featherville, Idaho. This area offers hundreds of miles of ATV and single-track motorcycle trails. UTVs are permitted in some areas, but many of the tracks have a 48″ wide limit or less. The single-track trails are quite technical with steep drop offs, narrow switchbacks, some rocky sections, and should probably be saved for more experienced and advanced riders. They are an incredibly fun ride if you are up for the challenge! The ATV trails are fairly moderate and can be handled by the average skilled rider. You can travel for miles and not cover the same ground.

Lodging consists mostly of camping, and there are multiple campgrounds available to choose from in the area. The Baumgartner Campground is a popular choice as it offers trail access, but also has a natural hot spring and swimming hole. The area is located in the wilderness and amenities are at least 30 miles or so away, so come prepared with whatever you may need for the duration of your stay. Visitors have had the best luck visiting during the months of July, August, and September when the snow has melted off the trails at higher elevations. For forest riding you can’t beat, check out the beautiful Baumgartner Trails area in the gorgeous Idaho mountains.

King of the MountainMeadow Motorcycle Rides

For more information about the Sawtooth National Forest and Baumgartner area, visit the USDA website.

LOCATION: Brawley, California

Imperial Sand Dunes – Glamis

Hill Climb Racing at Oldsmobile Hill

The Imperial Sand Dunes are the home of Glamis, the most popular riding destination in Southern California. A true off-road playground, Glamis attracts every kind of OHV. Stretching out for 40 miles and averaging about 5 miles wide, the sand dunes offer a variety of dune riding in differing levels of difficulty. Three main areas are open for OHV riding. A giant dune called Oldsmobile Hill is a favorite place for sand racing and hosts hundreds to thousands of riders on popular weekends gathered to watch the races. Best times to ride are through the fall, winter and early spring months as this desert area gets well over 100 degrees in the summer time.

Close lodging consists of RV and tent camping, but there are multiple campsites available along the edge of the dunes. Bathrooms are available, but all other provisions will need to be brought in with you. Ride responsibly and pack out what you pack in. Plan your riding trip today for Glamis, the largest dune riding area in the United States!

ATV Fun at GlamisCruising the Dunes

For more information check out the BLM Imperial Sand Dunes webpage or check out their Facebook page.

LOCATION: Moro Plantation, Northern Maine

Northern Maine Trail Systems

Katahdin Lodge

Northern Maine is a beautiful place, and with over 1,000 miles of available trail to explore, you can experience the beauty for yourself. The Aroostook County ATV Trails alone provide over 1,200 miles of scenic trails, and when you combine that with the available ATV trails on the Maine Interconnected Trail System, you will never have a shortage of places to go and explore! The trails are open to ride from about the end of spring until the end of October each year. Terrain difficulty ranges everywhere from woods trails to mud bogs to dirt roads – there will always be something to keep you entertained. The area is abundant in wildlife including occasional moose or bear sightings. The climate of the area is cool and moist with about 37” of annual precipitation, which includes about 100” of snow per year. So dress warm!

Tucked away in the wilderness of Northern Maine near Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin (the highest peak in Maine) sits the Katahdin Lodge. The lodge offers direct access to both the Arastook County ATV Trails and the Maine Interconnected Trail System (ITS) and provides lodging for up to 25 people. Two cabins that also sleep 5 each are available on the property. On-site amenities will keep you entertained, and optional all-you-can-eat meals are even available for order so you can ride hard all day and come back to a nice, warm, home cooked meal! Whether you ride ATVs, UTV’s, snowmobiles or even dogsleds, check out this awesome destination for an off-road experience unlike any other!

Coyote TrailRiding in the Woods

Check out their website for additional information at katahdinlodge.com or on Facebook.

LOCATION: Western Washington

Capitol Forest

Mountain Views in the Capitol Forest

Located just 5 miles outside of Olympia, the Captiol State Forest in Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties offers over 80 miles of trails for OHV vehicles in the northern half of the forest. Open from April 30th to Dec 1st each year, rides on trails in the forest like the Rock Candy and Waddell Basin trails will provide you with beautiful scenery on every side. The trails are well maintained and are mostly hard packed with small sections of occasional mud or rocks. The forest climate keeps the ride pleasant and fairly cool. It is important to ride responsibly as the weather conditions can change rapidly and trail conditions may change.

Whether you choose to lodge in town or in one of the many campgrounds available in the forest, the Capitol Forest makes a great riding destination for a day or weekend riding trip!

Scenic ATV TrailsDominating the Trails

Additional information about recreation and camping in the Capitol Forest can be found on the DNR webpage.

LOCATION: Springville, Alabama

The Ridge Outdoor Adventure Park

Taking a Rest at The Ridge

The Ridge Outdoor Resort is located in Springville, Alabama, about half an hour northeast of Birmingham. Open Friday through Sunday, this off-road riding park offers 35 miles of OHV trails designed for motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, all marked and rated for difficulty. The Ridge also features a 15 mile single-track loop for motorcycles that boasts some of the most technical riding in the southeast. In addition to the trails, the park also features a number of motocross tracks, including a kids only track and a pee-wee track for beginners. They also have 12 trials sections throughout the park, and some sections of mud bogs that offer some challenging riding. With the variety of riding opportunities available at the resort, you won’t get bored all weekend long. However, if you do want a break from riding, The Ridge has a number of other outdoor activities you can participate in such as disc golf, rappelling, hiking, fishing, zip lining, and even geocaching. Whether you are visiting the park with family or friends, there is plenty to do to keep everyone entertained!

You may just come and visit The Ridge for a day of riding, but if you decide to stay for a longer period of time, the resort can accommodate you. There are five hotel rooms in the clubhouse, along with a couple of cabins available for rent and a number of RV and tent campsites. There is even a bathhouse available with hot showers for campers as well! The clubhouse features a grill/restaurant, a Pro Shop and an onsite motorcycle/ATV repair shop. If you need to rent an ATV or UTV, they have those on hand as well. If you are looking for a fun weekend full of riding and outdoor adventure, give The Ridge a visit for a vacation you won’t forget!

Backwoods RidingCatching Some Air

The Ridge is rebuilding a few aspects of the park due to recent tornado damage. Visit their website for updated information on available amenities.

LOCATION: Central Utah

Paiute ATV Trail System

Central Utah Mountains

Located in the heart of south-central Utah, the Paiute ATV Trail system may be the largest trail system in the United States. The main loop is nearly 300 miles long, and it connects with hundreds of other trails providing over 2000 miles of trails that can be explored through the Fishlake National Forest and BLM lands. Terrain ranges from smooth packed dirt sections to challenging steep switchbacks. All trails are clearly marked and maps are available for purchase with ratings on the difficulty of certain trails. The trails can be accessed through many ATV friendly towns like Richfield, Beaver, Marysville, Aurora, Elsinore and more. These towns are very OHV friendly and many allow machines to drive on the roads. Some have designated routes through town to guide you to further trail access roads.

The Paiute Trail System hosts some of the nations best OHV jamborees in the country including the Paiute UTV Jamboree, the Fillmore National ATV Jamboree and the Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree. Each span multiple days and have guided trail rides, meals, events and activities throughout the course of the jamboree. Lodging can be found in the surrounding small towns, or you may camp in campgrounds, designated camping areas, or areas along the trail that are open for camping. The location on the trail will decide the type of lodging available. Pack smart and ride responsibly as the trail is complete wilderness between towns. If you are up for fantastic scenery, a variety of trails, and endless good times, the Paiute Trail System is a MUST for off-road enthusiasts!

Aspen Groves of the Paiute TrailPeaceful Paradise on the Paiute Trail

Click here or click here for a couple of helpful websites about the Paiute Trail system.

LOCATION: Marble Falls, Texas

Hidden Falls Adventure Park

Trails in the Texas Hills

Sitting about an hour or so northeast of Austin, Texas, Hidden Falls Adventure Park is an off-road Texas treasure. With 240 miles of marked trails rated by difficulty, this park has something for every OHV enthusiast. Whether you ride motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, Jeeps or trucks, you are in for a good time. The trails consist of everything from soft and hard pack dirt to rocky dirt trails to solid rock sections of trail. Most are open for all vehicles, but those with restrictions will be marked.

The scenery is hard to beat as you travel through this park. Chances are you will come across at least one of the many natural springs and waterfalls along your ride, and you are welcome to take a swim! The water is brisk, so be prepared for a cold rush! You are welcome to fish, hike, and go mountain biking as well. And for the firearm enthusiast, Hidden Falls has their own shooting club called Copperhead Creek. They feature a number of rifle, pistol, tactical and static archery ranges, and even offer a walk through archery course. They are also an authorized firearm dealer and rent and sell firearms if you didn’t bring your own. You will have no trouble finding one activity or another to keep you busy all weekend long!

The park offers areas for tent and RV camping, both primitive sites and those with electric and water hook ups. They also offer RV’s to rent as well as cabins and bunkhouses. If you don’t have machines of your own, ATVs and dirt bikes are available to rent. Prices vary for accommodations and rentals and can be found on the park’s website. The park is open to the public on Thursday through Sunday and closed Monday through Wednesday. However, if you purchase an annual membership, you are welcome to come to the park 24/7. Whether you are in the area or planning an OHV trip, the Hidden Falls Adventure Park is definitely worth a visit!

Single Track Trail at Hidden FallsScenic Landscapes at Hidden Falls

For more information, check out the Hidden Falls Adventure Park website.

LOCATION: Western South Dakota, Northeastern Wyoming

Black Hills National Forest

Photos courtesy of U.S. Forest Service/Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills Mountain Trails

The beautiful landscape of the Black Hills National Forest is a magnetic reason for people to flock to South Dakota. Boasting over 600 miles of trails designated for OHV use, you are bound to see a little bit of everything when exploring these impressive rides. From areas of open prairie-like plains to heavily wooded trails to challenging rock climbing sections, you will feel like you have visited multiple destinations all combined into one! 11 Reservoirs, 1300 miles of streams and 13000 acres of wilderness make this vast expanse of space incredibly thrilling for off-road enthusiasts. You may even come upon an old mining site on your ride. Make sure to use caution when getting close the mine sites.

There are over 30 campgrounds in the forest, so lodging close to the trails you want to ride is easy and efficient. The forest is very family friendly and provides a number of other activities such as outdoor learning activities for families, along with hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking and more. You can easily spend days on end at the Black Hills National Forest and still not see or do everything it has to offer. Make sure to go experience the diverseness of the park for yourself!

Motorcycles and ATVs WelcomeScenic Trail Riding in the Black Hills

Visit the USDA website for more information regarding the Black Hills National Forest.

LOCATION: Oceano, California

Oceano Dunes (Pismo Beach)

Camping in the Sand

Oceano Dunes (formerly called Pismo Beach) is a rare find of 3600 acres of beach along California’s central coast, 1500 of which are open for OHV riding and recreation. Nowhere else in the state of California will you find the ability to drive your truck out on the sand, pick a place to camp and unload your vehicles for the duration of your trip. These dunes aren’t as expansive as other dunes in the state or across the country, but they provide an awesome family destination for fun rides, awesome views and a relaxing stay on the beach. The cool temperatures year round provide a welcome escape from the heat for many who pick this vacation destination.

Although the OHV dune area can probably be explored in a day of riding, you can find hours of entertainment when you find a fun section like a bowl to ride or a lip to jump. If you are looking for activities to incorporate in with your trip, there are plenty to choose from! Surfing, swimming and fishing are always an option, just remember the water is cold! Horseback riding and bird watching are also a favorite activity. There are also many destinations within driving distance to keep you entertained such as Lake Lopez, Mustang Waterpark and Hearst Castle.

Camping is primitive with only outhouses provided, so you’ll want to be prepared if you plan to stay on the beach. Hotels and campgrounds are also close by if you would prefer to stay somewhere with more amenities. Come to Oceano Dunes for a fun and relaxing trip of riding right along the ocean!

Roosting Through the SandRiding Along Pismo Beach at Sunset

For more information about the Oceano Dunes check out the California State Parks website, or the California OHV division.

LOCATION: Northeastern Tennessee

Ride Royal Blue

Ride Royal Blue Campground

Tucked in the heart of Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area not only provides beautiful scenery and houses a wide range wildlife, they offer some awesome trail riding as well! The area offers over 600 miles of trails to ride with trail difficulty ranging anywhere from leisurely flat trails to the most difficult, technical trails. Whatever your skill level or preference, you will enjoy your time riding the beautiful mountain trails and enjoying the breathtaking scenery in the Cumberland mountains.

Ride Royal Blue ATV Resort and Campground is the perfect family-friendly destination when you are planning your OHV trip to the North Cumberland WMA. The resort is directly connected to the Royal Blue and Sundquist sections of the WMA and they offer excellent lodging options – a variety of cabin styles and sizes, RV sites, and multiple tent camping options. They even designed it so that you can drive your machine right up to your cabin door! There is also a mountain lodge on the property for when you want to relax or get some good southern food! A breakfast buffet is available on the weekend mornings, and a dinner buffet by request. A General Store and ProShop are also at your disposal. If you are looking for a great place to create some lasting memories with your family and friends, head to Northeast Tennessee and check out Ride Royal Blue!

Top of the World!UTVs in Cumberland's Playground

For more information about Ride Royal Blue, check out their website at www.rideroyalblue.com.

LOCATION: Southern West Virginia

Hatfield~McCoy Trails

Hatfield~McCoy Trail System

Situated in the southwest corner of West Virginia and weaving throughout the Appalachian Mountains lies the well-known Hatfield~McCoy Trail System. Currently up to 700+ miles of trail and still expanding, the overall trail system includes eight smaller trail systems in seven counties: Bearwallow, Buffalo Mountain, Indian Ridge, Ivy Branch, Little Coal, Pinnacle Creek, Pocahontas and Rockhouse. Each system has its own unique characteristics, but all of them offer trails of every skill level and breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a first time rider or a seasoned pro, the Hatfield McCoy Trail System has something to please every rider. Even the easier sections might be a little challenging for a first timer, so guided tours are available through many of the sections of the trail. You could ride for a week straight and still not see everything the Hatfield~McCoy Trail System has to offer.

The Hatfield~McCoy National Trailfest is the system’s official annual event, and it is quite the party. Once a year the little town of Gilbert, WV turns into a magnet for thousands of ATV, UTV and dirt bike enthusiasts from all across the country. The party lasts for about five days and primarily features the Rockhouse Trail System. Powersport vendors of all kinds arrive to demo their products and machines, and activities and events run throughout the entire festival. There is something for the entire family to enjoy!

There are many places to stay near the trailheads for every trail system including hotels, camping, rental homes and more. Each trail area is rich in cultural history; every trail town is known for something! The little towns are OHV-friendly and down to earth which provides a memorable experience for anyone who comes to ride. If you have the chance, this is one trail system that you should definitely plan to visit. You will make memories that you will never forget!

ATVs Looking Out at the West Virginia MountainsMotorcycles Wheelie on Trails

For more information regarding the Hatfield~McCoy Trail System and to learn everything you need to know before you plan a visit, check out www.trailsheaven.com.

We know we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to awesome places to ride, so we want to hear some of your favorite places! Let us know where you love to ride in the comments below!

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