‘Get Busy Living’ on an ATV or Four Wheeler!
By Dixie Brunner
ATV and OHV recreation offers real opportunity to explore our area – and ‘Get Busy Living!’ Rides on well-marked trails throughout southern Utah and northern Arizona provide amazing scenery for those seeking off-road adventure. Kanab, Utah was ranked as the #1 scenic riding area in the U.S. by Dirtwheels magazine several years ago. Responsible off highway vehicle enthusiasts from the Kanab area have worked to develop trails and create a local climate where ‘going off road’ is not only welcomed, but encouraged. Nearby Hog Canyon, located 1-1/2 miles north of Kanab, is a great place to start. You can actually drive from Kanab right to the trailhead in Hog Canyon, so you don’t even have to trailer your ATV, unless you choose to! With trail ratings from easy to difficult, OHV riders can experience scenery, challenges, adventures and fun second to none! The BLM and local four-wheel clubs joined forces to create and mark the Hog Canyon trail system. Maps are available at the BLM office. But please...stay on the trails. ATV Tours and Rentals in Kanab rent ATVs and also give guided tours on many local trails. Pinewoods Resort, just outside of Duck Creek Village, also rents ATVs, as well as snowmobiles in the winter. The local UT/AZ ATV Club puts on an ATV Jamboree every spring. This year’s event covers three days, with the main ride on Saturday, April 27. If you want something a little more pampered, or if you don’t own or want to rent an ATV, try a customized off-road tour of the area. A customized tour can include seeing such memorable sites as mystical slot canyons, dinosaur tracks, remote Grand Canyon overlooks, ancient ruins, rock art, and the places where legends were really made – western movie sets! There are legally-permitted tour guides on BLM and Forest Service lands, the Kaibab National Forest, the Arizona Strip, as well as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This designation means they’ve met federal standards for their operation. There are several to choose from in the Kanab area – Dreamland Safari Tours, Windows of the West Hummer Tours, and Seldom Seen Adventures – to name a few. For more information, contact the Kane County Travel Council at 1-800-733-5263.