UTAH’S TRAIL COUNTRY
The Paiute Trails have certainly made a name for themselves among off-road junkies across the country. Whether riding a SXS or ATV, these trails will not disappoint. With over 1,500 miles of trails, there’s a reason this area is being dubbed “Utah’s Trail Country”. As the thrill of four-wheel freedom fills their veins – riders alike tear down dusty roads and crawl over rugged track. These trails have much more to offer than just four-wheel freedom though. The Paiute Trails offer a world of outdoor recreation. Here you’ll find historic stops, stunning views, rejuvenating solitude, and of course, 1,500+ miles of exploration. Come explore Utah’s Paiute Trail system and leave with endless memories.
WHERE ARE THE PAIUTE TRAILS?
The Paiute Trails (also called the Paiute ATV Trail and Paiute/Gooseberry Trail System) are located in scenic central Utah, next to Fishlake National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park. The trail basecamp and headquarters are in Marysvale, Utah.
The trail is easily accessible with I-15 to the West, I-70 to the North, and Utah Highway 89 going right down the middle. Just over 2 1/2 hours from Salt Lake City, 2 hours from St. George (another rider’s paradise), and 4 hours from Las Vegas.
COME RIDE THE PAIUTE TRAILS
The Paiute Trails are calling! Bring the whole crew and start your adventure in the magnificent outdoors of central Utah. These trails are welcome to dirtbikes, SxS’s, Jeeps, ATV’s – you name it! There’s an endless list of activities here on the trails and something for everybody. And remember, always respect other riders and this great place. For more riding information and tips – join our Facebook group!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
HISTORY OF THE PAIUTE TRAILS
The Paiute Trails began in the late 1800’s as mining trails and cattle grazing roads. Cowboys and miners were the first to start building roads and trails in these sagebrush covered hills and pine covered mountains. In fact, one of the first (and once fastest growing) towns in Southern Utah, was the bustling mining town of Kimberly, Utah – nestled high in the Tushar Mountains.
Later, these trails became quite popular among locals for retreating to the cooler, beautiful mountain landscapes.
Recent History – Trail Country in the Making
In the summer of 1988, two friends were sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in Circleville, Utah, thinking of ways they could access their favorite fishing and hunting areas of the Fishlake National Forest. Clyde Lay, a forest engineer for Fishlake National Forest, and Lindon Romine, Piute County Commissioner were those two friends. They began making plans for improving current trails and roads to better accommodate OHV’s, which at this time were mostly just three wheelers and four wheelers.
They presented their plans to surrounding counties and towns where they received approval and support. Together they chose the name “Paiute” in recognition to the local native peoples and their history in the area. They also chose the Paiute Trails symbol, known as “Tazz” – a character from nearby Fremont Indian petrolyphs.
There were many others who made the trail system what it is today – The Paiute Trails – Utah’s Trail Country, and one of the best trail systems and riding areas in the entire world, including the Great Western Trail and Gooseberry Trail. Thanks to Clyde, Lindon, and all of those who made it what it is today.