Enjoy a Magical Off Road Adventure
By Dixie Brunner
Off highway vehicle (OHV) recreation offers real opportunity to explore – and to experience – the beauty of this area! Rides on well-marked trails 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 OHV 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! 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. The local UT/AZ ATV Club puts on an ATV Jamboree Fun Run every Spring. This year the Fun Run is the on weekend of May 1-3. 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. It 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 public lands, which means they’ve met federal standards for their operation. There are several to choose from in the Kanab area – Dreamland Safari Tours and Kanab Tour Company – to name a few. For more ideas, contact the Kane County Travel Council at 1-800-733-5263.