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Southern Utah Off-Roading Trails & Resources

When it comes to off-roading trails, Southern Utah has the rest of the country beat. That’s why we at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive love living here. We not only get a chance to design, upgrade and modify rigs but also have the pleasure of watching our clients head out and test them on any of the hundreds of trails right next door.

Since we’ve been playing on these trails for years –long enough for one of our own to get a trail named after him (check out Milt’s Mile)- we felt that it’s time we compiled information on trails in Southern Utah as well as other off-roading resources. That’s how we came up with the idea of doing a series of blog posts spotlighting some of the awesome trails in this part of the country. If you’ve been reading and following our blog –and you really should be- you must have seen these posts.

Why Highlight Off-Roading Trails & Resources?

Over the years, we have encountered many avid off-roaders who were simply itching to discover the best off-roading trails in Southern Utah. Clients and visitors alike would stop by the Dixie 4 Wheel auto shop and pepper us with questions about the trails in this area.

So we decided to highlight them in a series of posts so that anyone traveling to the southwest could see what kind of trails we have on offer. This will not only help you discover new trails but also help you make informed decisions on which ones you wanted to try out and which ones you’d give a miss.

That way you won’t spend your precious time running around looking for the information yourself. It would all be in one place, compiled by people who have actually done the trail runs and love the trails, obstacles, and scenery as much as you do.

Compiling these resources is a great way of getting the firsthand information we have on the trails out there to people who need and appreciate it.

What Sort of Information Do We Provide?

We have lots of trails crisscrossing Southern Utah so we highlight them. We go over details like the difficulty ratings, the type of surface you can expect to be driving on and we also mention some of the notable obstacles you can expect to encounter on specific trails. Since weather and heavy trail usage constantly alter these trails, we take care to give the correct rating so you can match the trail to your driving ability.

These ratings range from 1- which signifies a cleared country road that’s suitable for 2WDs and 4WDs to 10- the highest rating and often given to a trail that’s classified as buggy territory. Trails in the latter category are not to be attempted by any street-driven 4X4s. Even modified rigs won’t manage to complete these kinds of trails.

Additionally, we mention the basic vehicle requirements needed to conquer each trail. Generally 4WD is required for trails rated 3 and above along with tall tires (33” and above), ground clearance and traction adding devices such as differential lockers.

Other resources we have include free downloadable maps of the trails and OHV areas, especially those in Sand Hollow State Park. These are extremely well detailed because we don’t want you getting lost and wandering around the sand dunes. The maps were done in collaboration with the UPLA and the Desert R.A.T.S so you can trust that they’re accurate and updated.

What Makes Off-Roading in Southern Utah Special?

Anyone reading this might be asking what’s so special about off-roading in Southern Utah. Why do we keep mentioning and encouraging people to visit this area?

Well, here are 5 reasons why off-roading is so awesome in this area of Utah.

  1. There are miles upon miles of trails.

If off-roading is what you’re looking for, then you can’t go wrong visiting the southwest. One of the most popular off-roading areas here is the Sand Hollow State Park with over 15,000 acres of sand dunes interspersed with rocky areas. If you get tired of that, you can head over to the beautiful Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park for more dune shredding.

  1. The strong off-roading culture and community.

To pick up tricks and tips on off-roading, you need to go on trail rides with experienced off-roaders and southern Utah is where you’ll find them. Here we simply love pitting our four-wheelers against the most rugged terrain we can find. We organize events such as the annual Winter 4x4 Jamboree so that other off-roaders can come to have a grand time rock- crawling on these amazing trails.

  1. The breathtaking scenery.

We can’t rave enough about the spectacular scenery in the southwest. While the sand dunes tempt you to drive over the fine surface, the interesting rock formations and panoramic views will have you looking up, tempting you to take your concentration from the trail ahead of you. Carry a camera with you and be ready to take lots of photos of any of the beautiful landmarks including Warner Valley, the Arizona Strip, and the Sand Hollow Reservoir, among others.

  1. Accommodation is readily available.

From hotels and resorts to vacation rentals, motels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds, all kinds of accommodation is available in Southern Utah. We also have lots of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options to keep you busy when you’re not on the trails.

  1. There’s fun for the whole family.

You’d be wrong to think that this part of Utah only caters to off-roaders. There are tons of activities suitable for the entire family. This includes horse riding, fishing, boating, hiking and canyoneering among others. You can also take time out from trail riding to check out the nearby National Parks and Monuments like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

If you’re ever in the area, come by the Dixie 4 Wheel shop in St. George for more information on the trails or area in general. Also, don’t hesitate to call us if you run into an emergency out on the trails!

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