Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) – including ATV and UTV vehicle crafts – are trending in a big way. New accessories, sophisticated innovation, affordable equipment, and outfitter tour groups make OHV adventures a favorite way to explore wild areas with speed and power. Both new and experienced riders will find a satisfying challenge in the scenery of Southern Utah. Here are three can’t-miss-rides that we recommend:
The Markagunt Trail System
Ancient volcanic activity shapes the Markagunt Trail System routes that roam through mixed conifer forests and open meadows. National Parks and monuments rise up and around the forested plateaus and red rock canyons of the trail. Seven interconnecting loops make up about 500 miles of trails in the system; 50 trails are assigned a difficulty ranking so riders can select according to ability. Accessible via the Duck Creek campground.
Strawberry Trail System
A perfect beginner route, Strawberry Trail System merges an extensive network of off-road trails with campgrounds (Strawberry Bay, Currant Creek, Soldier Creek, Aspen Grove, and Renegade) and boat maps surrounding the Strawberry Reservoir. The system includes nine trails beginning with the number 4. Ice caves are also accessible on part of the trail system; Strawberry Trail System connects to Hobble Creek Canyon and Spanish Fork Canyon.
Tommy Creek Loop
Cruise along Tommy Creek Loop, No. 4 to Duck Creek’s iconic lava tube cave. 2,200 feet of lava tubes through four chambers (Read more on our previous blog post about Mammoth Cave). Tommy Creek Loop includes 17 miles of incredible Southern Utah scenery, beginning at the intersection of Mammoth Creek Highway and heading east to Mammoth Cave.
Markagunt, Strawberry, and Tommy Creek wind through Southern Utah terrain from ridges to canyons. Take Zennest’s CanAm for a relaxing (or hair-raising!) spin along the Duck Creek Village scenic routes.