Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Salt Lake City, Utah

Ward Canyon Road

This is a well-maintained packed dirt and gravel road which takes you to the Old Ward Canyon camping and target practice site. The route starts at the Skyline Drive trailhead below the bountiful "B" on…
Total Miles
4.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Bountiful Canyon to Farmington Canyon

This allows you to drive between Farmington Canyon and Bountiful Canyon. It is a dirt road with great views of Salt Lake County and Morgan County. It is a very easy dirt road with some…
Total Miles
17.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Skyline Drive

This is an easy dirt road with some steep drop offs on the west side of the trail. The gates to this trail close November through March, as high elevation snow makes it impassable. Springtime…
Total Miles
5.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Druby Canyon Trail

The trail leaves from the campground and winds up the side of the mountain through trees and small streams then along the ridge line for a few miles to a dead end. Part of the…
Total Miles
5.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Jeremy Ranch Road

Best for those looking for a scenic route near Park City, this road provides a "back way" into the Jeremy Ranch area as well as backcountry access to Mormon Flats State Park and the Mormon…
Total Miles
6.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

American Fork Snake Creek

This trail is a low risk, high pay out trail with lots of jaw dropping views. The trail could honestly be done in a 2WD sedan if you don't explore any of the side trails.…
Total Miles
16.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Salamander Flat Dispersed Camping

Total Miles
0.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Little Moab North Entrance

Turn South off of West Cedar Valley Road, and onto N 18150 W. Follow the pavement past the Intermountain Regional Landfill, where the road will turn into dirt. Continue following the dirt road till you…
Total Miles
17.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Wayne's Neighbor

This short route connects to several other trails in the area, including the infamous Wayne's World - notorious for advanced rock crawling and broken rigs. The turn-off for this area is just East of the…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Canal Road

This straight-away trail leads to the furthest, Eastern part of the island's BLM land. It parallels one of the Great Salt Lake water canals and is in much better condition than many of the other…
Total Miles
1.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Dismal Finale

This little route leads to the furthest eastern end of publicly accessible BLM land. Beyond this point is private property. The trail itself is pretty beat up and in dismal shape, especially in wet conditions.…
Total Miles
0.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Bit Of Both

A very short route that connects from one set of trails to another. Water/mud holes may be present on the trail in wet conditions. A section has been rutted due to water erosion and may…
Total Miles
0.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Dead End Pass

This short, narrow little trail leads up into the hillside but ultimately comes to a dead end. There are a couple of spots with fire rings that people may have camped at before. There is…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp / Wi

Sunshine Canyon Trail

Sunshine Canyon is one of the easier ways to get up into the Five Mile mountain area. A couple of small dips and bumps here and there, but nothing too technical about this section. My…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Direct Shot

This connecting route leads to several other trails in the area, as well as a handful of shooting ranges against the mountainside. The trail is hard-packed dirt with quite a few massive "potholes". Water or…
Total Miles
1.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

By The Way

This connecting route takes you to and through a spiderweb of other trails in the area. The number of off-shoots and alternative trails seemed endless. Nothing of difficulty to note aside from possible water/mud holes…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Southside

This connecting trail is less damaged than others in the area, although there are still a couple of ruts and mud holes to navigate. It leads from the main road up to one of the…
Total Miles
0.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

West Mercur Trail

Established easy dirt road that connects from the 73 to Mercur Canyon Highway. There is nothing difficult to note about this road but keep an eye out for water erosion damage off to the sides…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Round The Bend

This easy trail around the hillside connects Stansbury Gulch and Tabby's Canyon. There is nothing of major difficulty to note except where the trail dips down and up a ravine on the beginning of the…
Total Miles
0.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Up The Hill

This is a very short trail that navigates the face of a small hill. There's a little rock garden section that will briefly test the flexibility of your suspension. This route takes you to a…
Total Miles
0.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Juniper Lane

This very short connecting route takes you to and through a spiderweb of other trails in the area. The number of off-shoots and alternative trails seemed endless. Nothing of difficulty to note aside from possible…
Total Miles
0.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Straight Shot

This connecting route takes you to and through a spiderweb of other trails in the area. The number of off-shoots and alternative trails seemed endless. Nothing of difficulty to note aside from possible water/mud holes…
Total Miles
0.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Sp

Liberty Avon Road

The Liberty-Avon Road is a great little off-road drive. This makes a scenic alternative between Ogden and Logan if you have extra time. It offers nice scenery and few different recreation options. This is also…
Total Miles
13
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Su / Fa

West Canyon Trailhead Road

For those who might want to get out for a nice day hike, this road leads to the West Canyon Trailhead and has some beautiful views. Most of the year, it's a really easy road…
Total Miles
4.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Straight Shooter

This short, straight trail takes you past a small shooting area on the South end and up to Tabby's Canyon area on the North end. There are various connecting trails off of this route. Tons…
Total Miles
0.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Pack Trail 1

This dirt trail snakes its way across the hillside and connects to various other trails in the area. Nothing too difficult or noteworthy about this route. A few dips in the trail may have water…
Total Miles
2.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Southside Loop

The trail starts on the south side of the highway and is primarily a pleasant and scenic dirt road. The trail then turns west into the mountain and becomes more rocky and technical. There are…
Total Miles
6.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Pack Trail 2

This short trail connects between the Sunshine Canyon Trail and Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. This trail is a bit interesting, with plenty of rolling dips and small erosion ruts on the trail. Water/Mud holes may be…
Total Miles
1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Stansbury Hike Trailhead

This trail leads from the main road to the Stansbury hiking trailhead with parking. Water/Mud holes may be present at the very beginning, but there is an alternative path around them if so. Fairly easy…
Total Miles
0.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Shotgun Alley

A short route that leads past several shooting areas along the hillside. Lots of trash/shells were noted along the route, so if you decide to shoot here, please be sure to pack out any garbage…
Total Miles
0.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp