If you want to plan a family ATV vacation in Utah, make sure your plan includes as much time as possible. That's because you will need it to see just part of Garfield County.
Garfield County features thousands of miles of back roads and trails. You’ll encounter some of the most spectacular and breathtaking scenery in the United States. In the area are three National Parks—Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and a part of Canyonlands; and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
There are also three state parks—Kodachrome Basin, Escalante Petrified Forest, and Anasazi Indian Village.
Plus, there is part of the Dixie National Forest including Red Canyon, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Garfield County is also home to Scenic Byway 12 that has recently been designated one of 20 ALL AMERICAN Roads in the United States and the only one in Utah.
There are many options to access the trails. One of the favorite towns to make home base is Panguitch. When it comes to lodging you have many choices from motels to lodges.
If you want to camp or park your RV there are several campgrounds that offer full hookups and swimming pools, or tent camping sites.
Panguitch has everything from a good selection of restaurants to gas stations, ATV rentals and ATV guide services. For more details check out www.go-utah.com/Panguitch.
Garfield County is very ATV friendly, and Panguitch is one of the leaders. You can ride your ATV just about everywhere. Most of the town allows you to ride your ATV just about anywhere you want, but remember you are a guest in town and you are an ambassador for all ATVers. Be courteous to everyone and follow all posted signs.
Before you head out we highly recommend that you take everything you will need for a full day of riding. Food, water, extra clothes, first aid supplies, tools, tire patch kit, map, cellphone, camera, and extra gas. You are going to need it.
Why waste time coming back to camp when you could be riding?
To access Casto Canyon and Limkiln OHV trails from Panguitch, ride the shoulder only of Highway 89 south out of town to the first dirt road on your left. This will take you to the trail head where there is a bathroom available.
From here, this is where your map will come in handy. You can head out on either Gasto Canyon or Limkiln ATV trails. Both of these trails link up with multiple other trails and roads that will allow you to ride for, literally, thousands of miles.
Yes, we said thousands of miles.
I like to tell everyone, you don’t have enough gas or tires to ride all there is to explore.
No one under eight years old is allowed to operate any OHV on public lands, roads or trails in Utah. Resident operators 8 through 15 may operate OHVs, provided they have an Education Certificate issued by Utah State Parks and Recreation. All riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet.
For more information on the area, log on to www.utah-trails.com.
Do you know a great riding area that you would like to share with your fellow ATVers? You can, and it's easy to do. Just write down everything you think a fellow quadder would want to know about the area, and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send by mail to ATVA, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147. Also, don't forget to send a photo or two from your ride.