Utah ATV Trails
Garfield County is home to many ATV and offroad trails, from the historic Cassidy Trail to the gorgeous Casto Canyon Trail. Click on any of the links below for more information on individual trails.
Click HERE to read Dirt Wheel Magazine's article on the Casto Canyon Trail.
Cassidy Trail - Believed to have been used by the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy in his many escapes from the lawmen of the day. Relive some Old West adventures of your own on this wonderful red rock trail.
The trail begins in Red Canyon and goes for 8.7 miles to Casto Canyon. This single track trail is for horses, bikes or foot traffic and is not open for any OHV’s. The trail travels north to the ridge between Red Canyon and Losee Canyon and then north again to the Losee Canyon trail and continues to the Casto Canyon trail.
The trail takes you through the spectacular red hoodoos of the area and tall ponderosa pines.
Special points of interest along this tail include Brayton Point and remarkable overlook of the Losee Canyon area, Little Desert, Lon’s Knoll, Black Rock and Mexican Hat.
The elevation changes from approximately 7320' at the trailhead to 7980' at Lon’s Knoll.
Hikers should expect to spend approximately 5 to 6 hours one way.
Those on horseback can expect 6 to 7 hours of steady riding one way.
Mountain bikes generally travel a little quicker but should still expect a good 5 hours of riding one way.
Water for livestock is available at the junction of the Cassidy trail and Casto Canyon Trail. It is approximately 5 miles from Casto Canyon Spring to the Casto Canyon trailhead. Water for everyone else is what you bring with you. For a hike of this duration, it is suggested that you bring twice what you think you will require for drinking.
Picture yourself riding along with Butch and evading the local sheriff in this wonderfully unique area of red rock hoodoos, pines, and cedars while breathing in the pristine air of Garfield County. This experience, you will not forget!
Some extended directions. From here, go to there, and back again.
Beginning at the Casto Canyon trailhead, the trail takes you into a wonderful world of red hoodoos, sandstone cliffs of white, pink and even green colors. The spectacular red rock is evident along most of the Casto Canyon ride until you reach the forested areas of ponderosa pines, where the colors changes with every turn of the trail. This trail includes several passages through the usually dry riverbed but local heavy thunderstorms can and will change that quickly. The trail goes upwards easterly for approximately 5.5 miles where it connects to the Sanford Road. The trail continues northeast approximately 1.9 miles and is referred to as the Barney Cove Trail.
The trail junction with the Sanford road will also connect you to the Limeklin trail which drops back down towards the west and ends near the Panguitch Airport. The Sanford road additionally connects the rider to the Fremont ATV trail, on which the traveler can go south towards Tropic Reservoir and the Great Western Trail and north to the Piute ATV trail system. Elevation changes from approximately 7000 feet to 7840 at the Sanford Road/Barney Cove Trail area.
From Panguitch, head south along Hwy 89, (shoulder of the road only) towards the first dirt road on the left just prior to going up the hill. This dirt road takes you past the dump and continues along until you reach the trailhead.
The other approach is from Hwy 12 east towards Red Canyon, and just prior to reaching the first red rocks you will spot the sign for Losee and Casto Canyons on the left side (north) of the highway. Take the good dirt road to the trailheads of Losee and then further on Casto Canyon.
Riders can travel over 50 miles on the Fremont ATV Trail between Tropic Reservoir on the Paunsaugunt Plateau to where it connects to the Paiute Trail in Circleville, Utah. The Fremont Trail travels north from Tropic Reservoir, crossing Highway 12 at the Tom Best Road junction. This portion of the trail is also part of the Great Western OHV Trail until the Fremont Trail turns onto FS Road #30120. Although the trail is on existing roads, it gets more rugged and remote as it crosses the Limekiln, Sanford, and Smith drainages.
Along this trail you will take in spectacular views of red rock cliffs, and wind your way through ponderosa pine forests, quaking aspen stands and sage flats as you climb in and out of the canyons. Elevations range from 7880 feet at Tropic Reservoir to 9030 feet at Smith Canyon and dropping to 6080 in Circleville
To get to the Tropic Reservoir Trailhead, turn south on the Tropic Reservoir/East Fork Rd (# 087) off of Highway 12. After 7 miles, you will see a sign for Tropic Reservoir and Kings Creek Campground. Turn right and continue around the reservoir for ½ mile to the parking area and trailhead. You can also access the Fremont Trail from the Casto Canyon OHV Trail