Recreate Memories Off Road on an OHV!
By Dixie Brunner
OHV recreation offers real opportunity to explore our area – and to recreate memories! 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, OHV riders can experience scenery, challenges, adventures and fun, second to none! There are some beautiful views of Kanab for 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 north of Kanab. 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 Fun Run every spring. This year’s event covers three days, April 25, 26 and 27, with the main ride on Saturday. 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, National Park Tourz, and Windows of the West Hummer Tours – to name a few. For more ideas, contact the Kane County Travel Council at 1-800-733-5263. They can steer you in the right direction, wherever that may be.