Explore Much More On An Off Road Adventure
By Dixie Brunner
Off road recreation offers real opportunity to explore our area – and to really experience the beauty! 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! With trail ratings from easy to difficult, riders can experience scenery, challenges, adventure and fun second to none! There are some beautiful views of Kanab from the top of the trails at Hog Canyon. 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. Another favorite for off roading is at nearby Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, or you can drive your ATV on a trail to Peek-a-Boo, a favorite slot canyon just five minutes north of Kanab. The local UT/AZ ATV Club puts on an ATV Jamboree Fun Run every spring, this year on April 30. Check their website for planned activities. 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, including Kanab Tour Company and Dreamland Tours. For more ideas, contact the Kane County Office of Tourism at 435-733-5263. They can steer you in the right direction, wherever that may be.