Great Western ATV Trail on the Fishlake National Forest in Utah

Okay, so today we’re going to ride the Great Western Trail across the Fishlake National. Forest. The Great Western Trail is the trail system that extends from Canada to Mexico. We’re going to ride a small section of it today. We’re right here at Riley Springs Trailhead, is where we’re starting out. We’re just above the town of Fremont. We pass up through the mountain, we go through Elkhorn campground, then we kind of go out. onto the East end of Thousand Lake Mountain.

MWSnap866 Great Western ATV Trail on the Fishlake National Forest in Utah

Great Western ATV Trail on the Fishlake National Forest in Utah

Over here, there are lots of views of Capitol Reef National Park, Cathedral Valley, the. The Henry Mountains. Then the trail will come off the Southside of Thousand Lake Mountain, then we descend. into the town of Torrey, and we’re going to end up right down here at the Bicknell. Bottoms trailhead. Okay, so this section of trail is open to vehicles 50 inches or less in width, so ATVs. and some smaller side-by-sides. That’s indicated on our free travel map. These are colored travel maps that show all the different trails and roads in the forest,. and those are available at any Ranger District Office on the forest, and you plan for about. a full day, including the shuttle and the ride. So, it’s important that you stay on the trail. Staying on the trail preserves your right to use these trails.

The unique thing about Velvet Ridges is it’s an open use area. So in there is marked off by signs, and you can go off-trail in there, and you can explore. and kind of go wherever you want inside that area. To prepare to ride the trail, you want to make sure you have a few safety items. One, you always want to make sure you wear a helmet. Make sure everyone in your group has a helmet. Take plenty of water. Also, plan to spend the day up there so take some food or lunch.

There are some safety items you can keep in your ATV that will help you out quite a bit. One is an off-road tire repair kit, with some stuff to repair if you have a flat tire. A tow rope is always a good thing to keep with you, just in case you break down, and. you want to have some kind of med kit with you, to take care of any bumps and bruises. you might get along the way. So this section of the trail is really beautiful and fun to ride. Okay, so today we’re going to ride the Great Western Trail across the Fishlake National. Forest.

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The Great Western Trail is the trail system. that extends from Canada to Mexico. We�re going to ride a small section of it. today. We’re right here at Riley Springs Trailhead,. is where we’re starting out. We’re just above the town of Fremont. We pass up through the mountain, we go through Elkhorn campground, then we kind of go out. onto the East end of Thousand Lake Mountain. Over here, there are lots of views of Capital. Reef National Park, Cathedral Valley, the Henry Mountains.

Then the trail will come off the Southside of Thousand Lake Mountain, then we descend. into the town of Torrey, and we’re going to end up right down here at the Bicknell. Bottoms trailhead. Okay, so this section of the trail is open to. vehicles 50 inches or less in width, so ATVs and some smaller side-by-sides. That’s indicated on our free travel map. These are colored travel maps that show all. the different trails and roads on the forest and those are available at any Ranger District. Office on the forest and you plan for about a full day, including the shuttle and the. ride.

So, it’s important that you stay on the trail. Staying on the trail preserves your right to use these trails. The unique thing about Velvet Ridges is it’s an open use area. So in there is marked off by signs, and you can go off-trail in there, and you can explore. and kind of go wherever you want inside that area. To prepare to ride the trail, you want to make sure you have a few safety items. One, you always want to make sure you wear a helmet. Make sure everyone in your group has a helmet. Take plenty of water. Also, plan to spend the day up there so take some food or lunch. There are some safety items you can keep in your ATV that will help you out quite a bit.

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One is an off-road tire repair kit, with some stuff to repair if you have a flat tire. A tow rope is always a good thing to keep with you, just in case you break down, and. you want to have some kind of med kit with you, to take care of any bumps and bruises. you might get along the way. So this section of the trail is really beautiful. and fun to ride. It�s 50 inches or less so it’s pretty. narrow, winding trail, built just for ATVs. Starting out here at Riley Springs, you�ll. go through some aspens, you’ll get up into some conifer, you’ll do a little bit of. climbing, some stream crossing.

When you get onto the East side of Thousand. Lake Mountain, you’ll see a great view of Capitol Reef National Park, Cathedral Valley,. you’ll be able to see the Henry’s, some pretty great views off of here. As you start to descend off of Thousand Lake Mountain down into Sand Creek, you’ll go. through some ponderosa forests and you’ll start to get into a more of desert habitat,. and then you’ll end at Velvet Ridges. So there are quite a variety of things to. see on this trail in a pretty short section. As I said, this trail is open to vehicles. 50 inches or less in width and it’s also open to non-motorized and equestrian use.

So, ATVs yield to horses, and they also yield to mountain bikes and hikers. So when you see someone coming, slow down, move off if you can and let them have the. right of way and always stay in control. All along here, this is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out,. so make sure you take a trash bag with you so that when you stop to have lunch you got. all of your wrappers and cans picked up and packed out to keep the trail looking nice. for the next people that come along. There are some spectacular views along with this. section of the trail. When you’re out ATV riding on the Great. fun, and enjoy the trails.

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