Extreme ATV riding
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, have evolved for many enthusiasts from a hobby to extreme sport. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) defines an ATV as a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. ATV enthusiasts have made recreational riding into a lifestyle, many exploring the nation for challenging new trails. Cherry Creek, in Northern Utah, is a recreational mecca for serious ATV riding and welcomes thousands of new riders, both expert and novice, each year.
Wheel Tracks in the Sand
In the Sevier Desert lies 124 square miles of sandy dunes with 10 miles of trail that is dubbed one of the largest in the state. The remnants of the receded Sevier River, Little Sahara features 700 foot Sand Mountain, four large campgrounds, a visitor’s center and its largest peak, Maple Mountain. It is usually filled with enthusiasts and is open year-round. A permit is required, and there is an $8 entry fee.
Coffee Peak Trail
Just off of Richfield Pioneer Road, 11 miles of dirt and rock road along the narrow ridge tops makes up Coffee Peak Trail. The steep drops on either side and semi-rough terrain make it a potentially dangerous trek but astounding views of Scipio Lake, Willow Creek Canyon, Chalk Creek Canyon and Beehive Peak are well worth the risk.
Vernon Reservoir Trails
The Tooele Valley of Cherry Creek is home to Vernon Reservoir and its numerous dirt trails bordering it. Aside from the good fishing it offers, the remote, desert-like trails offer a challenging ride, several mines and nice views along the way.
Between the towns of Ophir and Stockton is the trail to the old and vacated mining town of Jacob City. The steep terrain and rutted route can be a hazard to the land of barred and unused ore mines and tunnels, buildings and foundations once used to prevalently.