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Old 11-16-2015, 11:27 PM   #1
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Utah suggestions on ATV friendly Camp Grounds and trails

We have decided to go to Utah, or bordering areas, to go ATVing in the fall of 2016. Any suggestions on camp grounds that are ATV friendly, i.e. ride from your door, and have nearby trail systems or riding areas? Any and all info and suggestions are welcomed as we have no set plans yet. Both positive comments and things to take note of or watch out for are appreciated!
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:37 PM   #2
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Check out the Richfield, UT KOA. ATV trails right from the campground. Plenty of shade trees and a pool.
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Thank you! We'll check it out!

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The KOA in Fillmore Utah is ATV friendly as well; many miles of ATV trails from the campground. The owner has maps on the walls in the office.

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Thanks Brian, that looks really nice too! Just on the other side of the mountain from Richfield, UT, too. Looks to be only about 20 miles or so straight line between the two, are there trails through the mountains between them? Also, we live in the northeast corner of Minnesota and have lots of trees ands woods similar to what is found in the mountains, but we are kind of looking for some different scenery, i.e. desert and red ground. Do the trails in this area offer both types of terrain, or will we have to go further south for that?
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That area is all part of the Paiute trail system. It has more trails than you will be able to ride in one visit. Google it for more info.
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Try the South Forty RV Park on the north side of Marysvale, about 20 miles south of Richfield. Owned by Jim and Terri Peterson. Real nice folks and a fairly new Park. Ride out the gate to the trails.
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That area is all part of the Paiute trail system. It has more trails than you will be able to ride in one visit. Google it for more info.
I have looked at this trail system a bit, but am still wondering what kind of terrain it will be. Will it be all mountains and forest (like we have at home in Minnesota) or will it be some of the desert type terrain with sparse vegetation and red ground?
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Mostly mountains and high desert going up. Marysvale is so great in that you can drive in town and have 100's of miles of trails going north and south. We stopped to explore old mine sites and had picnics in the meadows. Be sure to get a map as some trails are limited on width. Lots of wildlife.
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Mostly mountains and high desert going up. Marysvale is so great in that you can drive in town and have 100's of miles of trails going north and south. We stopped to explore old mine sites and had picnics in the meadows. Be sure to get a map as some trails are limited on width. Lots of wildlife.

I'm sorry, but I really don't know what the term "high desert" is telling me. Is it just the elevation that is different, or is there more to it than that? If so, what?
Also, we will likely be bringing at least one sidexside which I hadn't even thought of as a problem , are there specific areas that we should avoid with a sidexside?

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To me, "high desert" means dry but with sagebrush, low grasslands, maybe some pinyon pines, rabbit brush, etc. Generally somewhat open like what we call "parks" which are open valleys. It is to contrast to the classic Sonoran desert with cactus and yuccas.
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UTTransplant's description is spot-on. The trails are marked on the map for the width of the ATV/UTV. We had a SXS and found only a few trails that were less than 48" in width. You'll enjoy the diversity of terrain.
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Thank you for the replies UTTransplant and tgdameron! That definition now makes sense to me. Are there also any trails to be had in the "classic Sonoran desert" areas?
I'm glad to hear we won't be too limited with the sidexside.

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You have to go lower in elevation and south to get to Sonoran desert - Arizona or California. There are sand dunes in Utah though. The only one whose name I can remember is Coral Dunes, but there are others.
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