Utah has some of the greatest snow on earth and more than 850 miles of groomed snowmobile trails traversing from the red rock canyons of southern Utah to the rugged mountains of northern Utah. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert rider, there are plenty of groomed trails to match your riding skills.
If you are not one for staying on trails, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of high mountain bowls of famous Utah powder snow. All can be accessed through Utah’s extensive snowmobile trail system.
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 (801) 538-7220.
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.
- Ride on right side of the trail, giving the uphill bound machine the right of way. Be careful not to follow other snowmobiles too closely.
- Use headlights and taillights in daylight and darkness.
- It is illegal to drive a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Please park cars, trailers, campers, etc., in designated snowmobile parking lots.
- Check with local U.S. Forest Service offices for trail guides of ungroomed trails and other areas open to snowmobile use.
Safety Tips from the Utah Snowmobile Association
- Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Never ride alone.
- Watch your fuel supply. Head out only to a point where the fuel gauge reads one-half; then follow your tracks back to the trailhead.
- An adult should accompany and supervise operators ages eight through 15 at all times.
- Dress for changing weather conditions. Layered clothing allows riders to adjust as temperature and weather condition change.
- Be familiar with your machine. Know its fuel capacity and basic maintenance procedures. Carry spark plugs, drive belt, tool kit, and survival kit.
- Check weather and avalanche danger forecasts. Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- Please don’t harass wildlife.
Must See & Do
Cedar Mountain / East Fork Snowmobile Complex
The Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex is one of the most scenic and exciting snowmobile areas in the nation with over 160 miles of groomed trails and epic play areas. Buzz trough pines and aspens, kicking up piles of the fluffy white stuff in your wake. Incredible red rock views of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Virgin River Rim zoom past. Trail info can be found at Utah State Parks & Recreation at (801)538-7433 or for the latest Grooming Report visit stateparks.utah.gov. Stop at the Cedar City Visitor Center for a Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex brochure or download one HERE. Don’t own a snowmobile? Rent from a local outfitter, or even better, take a tour with a seasoned guide who’ll show you the sweetest spots on the mountain. For a list of local guides and outfitter click here.