It happens every year with uncanny predictability. The first few days of warm weather find me with ATV spring fever. I try to hide it, but when I find myself riding my ATV across the street to get the mail, well that is pretty pathetic.
Utah provides some good fixes for this disease, but it requires a little research to create the right riding experience. It is important to know the terrain of the trails you would like to ride.
Mud ruins a ride for me. Not only does it make a mess to clean up, but it ruts the trails and ruins the ride for others. Just because it looks good for the days you want to ride, if the weather patterns have been wet, choose another place and give your first choice a chance to dry out.
It is important not to push the season. Too many times I have seen riders try and find a way around a snow bank blocking a trail. It is not only destructive, it is bad form.
We have had a wet spring and we may not be getting into the mountains very early this year. However, here are some suggestions that just might be the right prescription for your ATV spring fever:
Temperatures are in the low 70s and Green River has a great selection of trails to enjoy. Motels are reasonable and Green River State Park offers camping and RV options.
The Orange Trail goes south out of town through a maze of boulders and wild country that will connect with the White Wash Sand Dunes. This area has more than dunes. On the south end, rock canyons offer much to explore. Challenging trails will make you forget you are in the dunes. Riding the Orange Trail is like being on another planet with its unusual landscape.
Tusher Canyon is north of town. A large parking area is available on the east side of the Green River. Ride north and turn east into Tusher Wash. The trail will take you to adventures in Tusher Canyon which has several panels of Indian rock art.
The Buckmaster Trail is west of town where Highway 24 joins I-70. This a dirt trail traveling north of I-70 and is dotted with old uranium mines and evidence of dinosaurs. If you are so equipped, there are plenty of places to dry camp.
The Black Dragon is a little farther west, but there is no freeway exit. Just after passing over the San Rafael River, a dirt road takes off of I-70. The trail enters the Black Dragon and exits into the San Rafael Swell. Climbing out of the Black Dragon is a challenge.
The San Rafael Swell trails are farther west, featuring routes that go through Eagle Canyon under the twin bridges that carry I-70 traffic over this deep gorge. Canyons and arches are there to be discovered and enjoyed. Watch the weather in the Swell to avoid mud.
Thompson Springs is east of Green River and the exit is the one for Moab. Turn north into the quiet little town of Thompson Springs. It is quiet until a freight train comes through. Trails go north up Thompson Canyon and southeast to wind caves and dinosaur tracks.
Temperatures are perfect right now for riding the trails at the lake. The Henry Mountains are still snow packed, but the desert trails are spectacular.
Ticaboo Resort is a great place to base your operations. With new trails opening in the remote Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, this is an area you will want to explore.
Washington and Kane Counties
The riding season is just getting underway in these Southern Utah counties. It would be best to avoid spring break, but the opportunities to ride here are close to endless.
Sand Hollow near Hurricane eliminates the worry over mud. There is much more than dunes to explore in the Hurricane Sands.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is farther east and is also a way to avoid mud. Dinosaur tracks, Indian lore and more are available to explore in this neck of the woods.
These are some ideas to help with your ATV spring fever. I chose these for the best temperatures. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and remember, there is a cure.