Dirt roads and trails left from the pioneer days ribbon through southern Utah’s landscape making for some of the best off road (OHV) riding in the state. There are over 400 miles designated trails in the high mountain passes of the Dixie National Forest area of the Markagunt Plateau and nearly 500 miles of trails to be designated near Parowan Gap by 2017. Three Peaks Recreation Area west of Cedar City is becoming famous with 4 x 4 rock crawlers.
OHVs (Off Highway Vehicles) include any snowmobile, ATV, motorcycle, or other off-highway vehicles capable of travel over unimproved terrain. Only registered OHVs may be operated on public lands or roads that are signed or designated as open to OHV use. Do not operate your OHV on private land without the owner’s permission.
Color Country Trail System
The Color County OHV Trail System is a network of trails off-road enthusiasts can enjoy throughout Iron County in southwest Utah. The system connects to other trail segments in adjoining counties so you can enjoy the magnificent scenery found throughout the area; including the southern end of the Paiute trail and the High Desert Trail. The Color Country System is broken into segments with their own core trails and loops. Each loop is identified by name and marked with signage. There are some segments still under development so please check back on the trails website ironcounty.net/trails for updated information and maps. You can download maps onto your GPS device or cell phone using the AVENZA maps app.
Trail map: www.ironcounty.net/trails/
Dixie National Forest-Markagunt OHV System
The Markagunt OHV System is located on the Markagunt Plateau of the Dixie National Forest in southwestern Utah. The system is made up of roads and trails that travel through mixed conifer forests and wide open meadows. The landscape of the plateau is influenced by ancient volcanic activity with volcanic peaks and rough lava fields. Surrounded by several National Parks and Monuments, the roads and trails in the system offer outstanding views of the contrasting forested plateaus and the lower red rock canyons.
Trail map: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5324393.pdf
Responsible OHV Use
Utah’s off-highway vehicle (OHV) laws and rules promote safety and protection for people, property, and the environment. While being operated or transported on public lands or roads, OHVs must display a current OHV registration sticker. Off-highway motorcycles may be registered as street legal, if they are safety inspected and insured, or as off-highway vehicles.
Obtain registration from the local Utah Division of Motor Vehicles. If you are a nonresident visiting Utah, please go to this website: www.stateparks.utah.gov.
Who can operate OHVs on public lands or roads?
No one under eight years of age may operate an OHV on public roads, trails, or lands. Drivers from eight to 15 years of age must possess an OHV education certificate issued by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. Drivers 16 years of age and older must possess a valid driver’s license or an OHV education certificate.
Education certificates will be issued to anyone eight years old and older who completes the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation OHV education course or passes an OHV knowledge and skills test. Contact the Division for Education information at (800) OHV-RIDE.
What about helmets?
Properly-fitted, safety-rated helmets must be worn by OHV drivers and passengers under 18 years of age. All drivers and passengers of any age should wear protective head gear.
Other OHV laws
- Ride only in areas designated as open to OHVs.
- Ride on the right side of the road and in single file
- Be alert to oncoming traffic, especially on blind curves or in dips and on hill crests
- It is illegal to drive an OHV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- A brightly colored “whip flag” must be attached to OHVs when riding in sand dune areas.
- Lights must be used between sunset and sunrise.
- Be sure your brakes will control and stop your OHV.
- Mufflers are required on all OHVs.
The Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex offers over 160 miles of pristine snowmobile trails and wide open play areas. Ample snow and winter access to some of America’s most unique scenery makes this one of Utah’s most appealing snowmobiling areas. Access the complex from the Brian Head, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Navajo Lake or Duck Creek trail-heads. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation maintain most of the trails in the Cedar Mountain Complex and provide an info line for up-to-date conditions.
(800) 648-7433 (Utah only) | static.stateparks.utah.gov/maps/cedar1.pdf
Must See & Do
Iron County and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to develop the Three Peaks Recreation Area west of Cedar City. The rolling hills and volcanic rock formations at Three Peaks provide a fantastic location for picnicking, camping, bike riding and off- road vehicle use.
(435 )867-7329 | www.ironcounty.net
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