10 best ATV/UTV trails in the U.S.

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There’s nothing like tackling various terrain on your ATV/UTV. Whether you like single riding on ATVs or riding with friends on UTVs and side-by-sides, there’s nothing like tearing up the trails on an off-road adventure. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best ATV/UTV trails for off-roading so you can get the most out of your vehicle.

Before you hit the trails, there are a few things you should consider. You can learn more about ATVs and UTVs in our ATV/UTV Buying Guide and read about the latest ATV and UTV deals here when you’re ready to buy. Other than the type of vehicle you’re driving, you should also think about your skill level, the terrain of where you’re riding, and the difficulty of those trails. Once you’ve learned and established how you ride, you should be ready to go—but don’t forget about your safety!

ATV/UTV safety tips for off-roading

  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed (watch your speed around corners!)
  • Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet. We also recommend wearing goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves for ultimate protection
  • Follow the rules and regulations of the area where you’re riding
  • Establish ground rules if you are in a group
  • Choose the right ATV/UTV for your age/skill level
  • No passengers on single-rider ATVs
  • Never ride under the influence
  • Kids under 16 should be supervised

For more information, check out our Top 10 Safety Tips for Riding ATV and UTVs. When you’re ready to buy your next ATV or UTV, check out the Progressive Outdoor Vehicle Buying Program.

OK, adventure junkies, let’s take a look at where other off-road enthusiasts are riding across the country.

10 Best ATV/UTV Trails for Off-Road Riding in the U.S.

1. Moab, Utah

Moab is a great place to ride! There are hundreds of popular trails and thousands of miles of unpaved roads around Moab that are perfect for ATV enthusiasts. Featuring diverse red rock trails, canyons, and Arches and Canyonlands national parks, Moab offers some great challenges, fun activities, and incredible views.

Note: Riding within the parks is strictly prohibited, however, the land surrounding the parks is permissible to ride.     

2. The Paiute ATV Trail, Utah

Head over to The Paiute! The Paiute ATV Trail is the largest trail system in the country. With over 2,000 miles of designated trails in central Utah, it features rock formations, lakes, wild forests, and diverse wildlife. The main loop? Every rider’s dream. It’s made up of nearly 300 miles of primary trails that stretch over four Utah counties and takes nearly 25 hours to complete!

Pack your bags. You need to see it and ride it for yourself. The best time to visit is August through October—and due to the large size, you should plan on spending at least a couple days or even weeks riding out there.

3. Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, West Virginia

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is one of the most famous riding trails in the country. Also known as “Trails Heaven,” it features over 600 miles of professionally managed trails ranging from scenic mountain views to twisting turns in the woods. The trail system is open year-round, so dig in—rain, snow, or shine.

4. Imperial Sand Dunes, California

If you haven’t taken your ATV/UTV out on the dunes, what are you waiting for? The Imperial Sand Dunes, also known as Glamis, are located in the southernmost section of California. With more than 20,000 acres open to off-roaders, they are not only the largest mass of sand dunes in California, but they are also the largest recreation area for sand dunes in the U.S.! Some dunes even reach heights of 300 feet above the desert floor.

The riding season usually begins in late September and runs through April. The park is open year-round, but the summer months are often too hot to ride in southern California. If you’re ready to tackle the Imperial Sand Dunes and want to bring your own ATV, here’s your guide to selecting the best ATVs of 2019.

5. Brimstone Recreation Area, Tennessee

Brimstone Recreation Area in Tennessee offers over 300 miles of off-road trails. Located on over 19,000 acres in northeastern Tennessee, it features riverside views, scenic overlooks, and numerous mountain trails. Test your skills with significant elevation changes, submerse yourself in nature, and ride Brimstone.

6. Ride Royal Blue Resort, Tennessee

Looking for privately owned trails? The Ride Royal Blue Resort in Tennessee is the place for you. Renowned as one of the best UTV destinations in the country, enjoy thrilling rides on over 600 miles of trails featuring waterfalls and wildlife. There is also a wide range of trail difficulty—from easy and leisurely to the most technically challenging. Suitable for all skill levels, this is a fantastic place to take your family to try out the ATV life.

7. Maine

There you have it, Maine. Maine is said to be an ATV/UTV trailblazer’s heaven. With over 6,000 miles of legal UTV trails, it’s just that. And that’s not all, they keep adding more! Terrain difficulty ranges throughout the state and riders can expect wooded areas, mud, dirt, and even snow depending on where and when they ride.

8.  Joe State Park, Missouri

St. Joe State Park offers 2,000 acres of trails, hills, play areas and flatlands open to off-roaders. Wooded trails and sand flats are perfect for ATV/UTV riders. The trails also allow dirt bikes, 4WD vehicles, and dune buggies. Ride through the dirt, mud, gravel rocks, trees, sand, inclines, and water crossings at St. Joe! The park also features two campgrounds so you can stay and explore on foot or on four wheels.

9. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest stretch of coastal sand dunes in the country. Located on the southern Oregon coast, it extends over 40 miles along the mouth of the Suislaw River to Cape Blanco at Coos Bay. Perfect for thrill-seekers, the dunes can be as high as 500 feet in some places and extend 2.5 miles inland!

Note: The largest riding area stretches between Spinreel Campground and Horsfall Road and the highest dunes are in the Umpqua riding area.    

10. Ocala National Forest, Florida

Located in central Florida just north of Orlando, the Ocala National Forest offers more than 200 miles of ATV trails and over 80 miles of off-road trails for larger vehicles.

With more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs there is so much to do and see! The best part? It’s Florida, so you can ride year-round and go to the beach after you’re done.

There are thousands of off-road trails and parks for ATV and UTVs—this list features a small handful of the best and most diverse terrain. Whether you’re looking to take a riding vacation or hoping to check something off your bucket list, there are so many great places to ride around the U.S. Most of these parks and trails are also great for other outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, and more.

Don’t have your own ATV? ATVs are often available for rent if you don’t have your own, as well as campsites and cabins for rent on-site if you’re interested in a full-on riding vacation!

When you’re ready to find the right ATV or UTV for yourself, check out the Progressive Outdoor Vehicle Buying Program to get transparent pricing and special savings. If you are looking to finance, your questions are answered in GoRollick’s Definitive Guide to Getting a Motorcycle, RV, or ATV Loan.

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