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St. George Utah's Off Roading 4X4 Trails


Moab might be the ultimate off-roading destination in Utah but St. George is quickly gaining a legion of fans. This town might be just 2 hours from Las Vegas on the I-15 but we guarantee you won’t have time to think about hopping over to the casinos. Not when there is so much off-roading fun to be had surrounded by the most gorgeous scenery imaginable. This place has mountains, deserts, cliffs, and interesting rock formations all vying for your attention.

The good off-roading trails are near or around St. George so you don’t have to drive too far to get to them. The most well-known off-roading hotspots in St. George include Sand Hollow State Park and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

In our posts, we have highlighted some of the most notable trails in St. George mostly focusing on those found in Sand Hollow’s Sand Mountain.

Why choose St. George for Off-Roading?

Sand Hollow State Park is a massive 20,000-acre park found 15 miles east of St. George. With 15,000 acres dedicated to off-highway vehicles (OHVs) you can see why it’s rapidly becoming a favorite among the off-roading crowd. What makes off-roading even more special in this part of the southwest is that you’ll be driving on red sand and sand dunes. Moab might have the slickrock and rock crawling but St. George cornered the market on dune shredding, making for a completely unique experience.

If you want to avoid the crowds, you can hop on over to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes National Park and take a turn on the warm, pink-hued sand dunes with fantastic views of Zion National Park. Both parks have extensive trails of varying difficulties so it shouldn’t be too hard to find something that suits your skill level. Additionally, they both have campgrounds on site so you can have a more immersive adventure by camping out.

Off-roading OHV Rules in St. George

Before you go exploring all the exciting trails in St. George, here are some OHV rules you should familiarize yourself with:

  • Ensure you display a current OHV registration sticker on your vehicle. If you’re a non-local, you can get a non-resident OHV permit for any off-roading vehicle you drive in Utah.
  • When riding in the sand dunes, make sure you have a red/orange whip flag attached to your OHV so that others can know you’re there.
  • Always use lights when riding at night –between sunset and sunrise.
  • Keep on the right side of the road in a single file.
  • Remember that most national parks don’t allow off-road vehicles within their limits.

Safety Tips for Off-Roading in St. George

We would be remiss if we just pointed out the notable trails in this corner of the country without letting you know some of the tips to help keep you safe out there. Here they are:

  1. Always wear your seatbelt. No exceptions.
  2. Always drive sober. Alcohol and drugs don’t go well with off-roading.
  3. Don’t hold on to the vehicle’s roll bar. This is a sure way to get serious broken bones if the vehicle tips over.
  4. Always drive straight down hills or steep terrain because driving diagonally increases the risk of rolling over. Also, know your vehicle’s approach and departure angles as well as its lowest points to avoid snagging them on obstacles you encounter on the trail.
  5. When driving on sand or gravel, it’s always a good idea to air down the tires to increase traction. Remember to air them back up once you get back to the tarmac.
  6. Always pack a safety kit containing some basic emergency items e.g. a flashlight, a radio, blankets, some dry food, etc., and extra gear just in case.
  7. If you can’t see what’s ahead of you on the trail, get out of the vehicle and go inspect it on foot. You can also use a spotter to avoid running into nasty surprises.
  8. Ensure your vehicle is in good condition before hitting the trails. Mechanics like the ones at the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in St. George can check your vehicle and make sure the oils and fluids are topped up, the tires are well-treaded and in good condition and they have the right pressure.
  9. Never go on an off-roading adventure on your own. If you run into any trouble out there, you’ll be glad to have another 4x4 to help you out.
  10. Maintain trail etiquette by Treading lightly. This stands for:

·         T-Travel responsibly- stick to the designated off-roading trails and maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

·         R- Respect the rights of others e.g. private property owners and all recreational users and campers. Yield the right of way when you meet others on the trail.

·         E- Educate yourself by researching the area and trails you wish to explore beforehand. Also, know how to safely and correctly operate your vehicle and other equipment. It’s also a good idea to research the off-roading regulations governing the area you want to visit in case any fees and permits are required.

·         A- Avoid sensitive areas. This includes avoiding the delicate desert soil by sticking to the trail. Also avoid designated wilderness areas and historical or archaeological sites.

·         D- Do your part as a responsible off-roader. Don’t litter, pack out what you pack in and be quiet at campgrounds. It’s also good practice to wash off your vehicle before and after off-roading to avoid transferring invasive species from one place to another.

Keep in mind that we all need to work together to make sure that these trails remain pristine and open for the next generations to enjoy.

Next to crafting custom-built 4x4s, we at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive love organizing trail rides to explore the fantastic trails we have in Southern Utah. We encourage you to sign up and join us whenever you’re in the area. We’re sure you’ll have a blast off-roading with us.

 

St. George Utah's Off Roading 4X4 Trail List

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    Off-roading doesn’t mean you have to negotiate tough, trails or obstacles all the time. It can also mean heading out on a scenic trail and enjoying the breathtaking views and historic landmarks of an area. This is a great way to relax, unwind and recharge from the stress of your normal life.

  • As we’ve mentioned before, the area around St. George has plenty of off-roading trails waiting to be explored. These range from challenging terrain full of obstacles, suitable for experienced off-roaders to scenic trails that are perfect for a relaxing drive with friends and family.

  • Avid off-roaders looking for new trails to explore outside Utah will certainly enjoy the Logandale Trail System. Located in Moapa Valley in Nevada, this 21,000-acre trail system offers visitors the chance to see incredible scenery, rare plants, and animals. This area is considered sacred to the Native Americans and you can see some of the petroglyphs left by the early inhabitants of the area.

  • The trails around St. George are some of the most fascinating in the southwest. While those in Moab are more popular thanks to the rock-crawling excitement they offer, St. George trails have more variety. Here you can find scenic trails packed full of beautiful scenery lending itself to weekend rides and camping out. You can also find challenging trails to pit your rig against, giving you some of that adrenalin rush that some off-roaders crave.

  • When you think of off-roading in southern Utah, you probably think of Moab and its numerous challenging trails. However, off-roading doesn’t need to involve navigating grueling obstacles and trying to see if your rig can scale sheer cliff faces.

  • The beauty of being part of an off-roading community is that you get to enjoy organized off-roading events. Other than the hugely popular Easter Jeep Safari organized by Red Rock 4 Wheelers and held in Moab, other similar events bring off-roading enthusiasts together.

    One such event is the Hump N’ Bump. This is an annual 4X4 off-roading event put on by the Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers. Those participating get to try out different trails in the Logandale trail area as well as the Valley of Fire recreation area. This happens in Nevada.

  • Many people associate off-roading with driving down rough terrain and trying to conquer some tough obstacles. Who can blame them? Pitting your custom-made rig against obstacles, rock crawling, and driving through rugged terrain is part of the fun of off-roading. But sometimes you need a break from the adrenaline rush and the crowds and that’s where the areas around St. George come in.

  • One of the reasons we love living in St. George is that the area is steeped in history. Being one of the places some of the early pioneers settled, this area has lots of historic buildings and ghost towns waiting to be explored. Going on such historic trail runs makes a nice change from rock crawling and trying to conquer obstacles in the usual popular trails in Southern Utah.

  • While Moab has some of the most popular off-roading trails with extreme obstacles, St. George has the most scenic ones. There are more than 200 off-roading trails around St. George and you don’t even have to go to Sand Hollow to find them. Some of these lead to Nevada so you get the bonus of exploring a new state too.

  • The trails in St. George are perfect for those who wish to go on long rides, exploring this fascinating corner of Southern Utah. Most of the trails lead into the desert landscape and are in remote places, meaning you don’t have to deal with crowds. In fact, in most instances, you may be the only one on the road, so it’s advisable to go with a group of friends. Alternatively, you can tag along with us as we go on one of our adventures.

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