Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Cedar City, Utah

Arrowhead Trail

This trail starts in the flat lands with beautiful desert scenery for miles around, with a two-lane maintained road but sand can be washed out by floods so always keep in mind weather conditions. The…
Total Miles
45.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp / Wi

Meadow Valley

This trail is two lanes wide most of the way. A few small hills, but it is mostly flat lands. There is sagebrush on the east side, and the west side has a lot more…
Total Miles
17.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Smith Mesa

This trail starts out as a paved road from either end but turns to dirt road for the 20 miles around the Smith Mesa plateau. The West entrance snakes its way up the Hurricane Mesa.…
Total Miles
29
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Color Country Trail

Color Country Trail cuts through the heart of the Flat Lands with miles of scenic views in every direction it is a great place to view wildlife. It starts on a two-lane maintained road and…
Total Miles
18.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Toquerville Falls

Toquerville Falls is a fairly easy trail that is marked by amazing set of waterfalls on La Verkin Creek. It begins in the town of Toquerville just north of St. George. There are a few…
Total Miles
6.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Strawberry Loop

This seven-mile loop through Dixie National Forest is a very scenic route. Towards the middle of the trail is a stunning overlook of the Pink Cliffs, which resemble the rock features found in Bryce Canyon…
Total Miles
6.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Willis Creek

Willis Creek trail starts/ends in the private neighborhood - look for trail markers #53. The trail follows alongside a beautiful creek and meadow nearly the entire way. Keep an eye out for fallen trees and…
Total Miles
5.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Broad Hollow

This trail rides right along the top of the ridge line and offers glimpses overlooking the surrounding forest. At the time of tracking the trail (end of May), there were several fallen trees along the…
Total Miles
4.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Old New Castle Road

This trail has scenic views and a couple of lookout points. It takes you to the edge of Newcastle Reservoir. It is two lanes wide most of the way and is fairly well maintained. There…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Duck Creek Way

Open to SXS (72") or smaller machines, this easy trail is the OHV route in/out of town (Duck Creek Village). It also connects to several other trails and hiking trailheads in the area. The trail…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Henrie Connector

This mile-and-a-half trail connects Tommy Loop and Henrie Knolls. At one point, the trail crosses a black rock lava field. Open to SXS or smaller machines. Nothing too challenging about this route, but there are…
Total Miles
1.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Tommy Loop to Henrie Knolls

This five-mile loop weaves and winds its way through the Dixie National Forest. Primitive camping was noted along the southern part (Tommy Loop) of the route, so it is open to all sized vehicles. There…
Total Miles
4.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Tommy Loop Access

This short trail connects from Tommy Loop trail to USFS Rd 067 (Mammoth Creek Road). There were camp spots noted at both ends of the trail, so full-sized vehicles (and campers) are able to drive…
Total Miles
1.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Strawberry Ridge

This easy, maintained dirt road off the 14 takes you up and along the ridge line, eventually connecting to Strawberry Point Road. There are primitive camp spots right at the beginning of the road, so…
Total Miles
6.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Maragunt Plateau 1

This short trail connects from the Uinta dispersed camping area and takes you in the direction to/from Duck Creek Village. Towards the western end, there is a small hill to navigate up/down, with a few…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Swains Creek

Also known as Strawberry Ridge Road, this maintained scenic dirt road begins/ends from the 14 and is easy enough for 2WD vehicles. At one point, you will enter a private property residence - Swains Creek…
Total Miles
7.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Harris Rim

This easy dirt road follows along the mountain ridge back and travels Southwest from the 14, and connects to Swains Creek. It is open to all sizes of vehicles and is 2WD capable. There are…
Total Miles
11.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Smith Mesa To Rattlesnake Gulch

This 3-mile trail takes you along the side of Highway 9 between Smith Mesa and Rattlesnake Gulch or the Valley Gun Club without getting on the pavement. It follows the powerline in some areas, and…
Total Miles
3.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Tommy Loop Connector

This quick, one-mile trail connects Tommy Loop and Markagunt Plateau trails. Open to SXS or smaller machines. There are some small erosion spots (ruts) and a few loose rocky sections throughout the trail. Some of…
Total Miles
1.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Sheep Bridge Road

This easy dirt road takes you across the valley and straight through the heart of mountain bike mecca. There is an endless network of trails in this area and is nearly all public BLM land.…
Total Miles
4.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Mesa Top Cut-Across

This roughly 5-mile trail takes you from Goulds Rim Trail or Honeymoon Trail across the top of the mesa to Virgin, Utah. From Virgin, you can access Smith Mesa or Rattlesnake Gulch to Toquerville Falls…
Total Miles
4.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Ponderosa Loop

The Ponderosa Loop is a fairly easy and fun loop that weaves and winds its way through the Dixie National Forest. There are a couple of large rocky sections throughout the trail, as well as…
Total Miles
4.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Ponderosa Loop Mini

A fun, quick little loop that weaves and winds its way through the forest. There are a few ruts and erosion spots on the trail, plus a few rocky patches, but aside from that, nothing…
Total Miles
1.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Silver Reef - Leeds Canyon

This is a fun outing for the family, especially in the heat of the summer, as you can climb up to the Oak Grove Campground and have a cool picnic or take some time to…
Total Miles
7.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Markagunt Plateau 2

Also known as "Old Highway", this section is one of three of the Markagunt Plateau trails. This section is open to vehicles - high clearance is highly recommended, especially for the Eastern section, where there…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Cottonwood Creek

This easy scenic dirt road takes you around the Pine Valley Mountains and through the Cottonwood Forest Wilderness. There are a couple of hiking trailheads along this route as well as Yankee Doodle Canyon. Scattered…
Total Miles
10.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Turkey Track Loop 2 - #17

A fun loop that weaves and winds its way through Dixie National Forest. The trail has a few ruts, erosion spots, and rocky patches. Be sure to keep an eye out for fallen trees on…
Total Miles
3.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Billingsly Trail

This quick, easy trail connects Harris Rim and Swains Creek, going up/down the side of the mountain ridge. Open to all sizes of vehicles. There is nothing of difficulty to note about this short route.…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Grafton Road

This out-and-back road starts out as paved, with the last 2.5 miles turning to dirt. Easy enough for 2WD vehicles and wide enough for two vehicles to pass. It is nearly all private land on…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Pine Valley Mahogany Bench

The primary road is an easy trail, suitable for most vehicles unless it has recently rained or snowed. The road parallels the paved highway and the Santa Clara River between Route 18 and Pine Valley.…
Total Miles
5.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa