Utah's Paiute Trail System was born in the late 1980s. Facing the closure of the existing off-road routes in the Fishlake National Forest and the surrounding communities near Interstate 70, the Piute County Commission and the U.S. Forest Service saw the potential for a public trail system that would not only allow hunters and off-roaders the use of the forest, but also link the communities in and near the forest.
The Paiute Trail proper spans 278 miles, about 80 percent of which are dirt roads, and 20 percent trail sections. In addition to the main Paiute Trail loop, which passes though four communities, four counties and three mountain ranges, an additional 550 miles of side trails access another 12 communities. In each community, ATV riders can go into town and buy gas and food, make repairs or get a hotel room before heading back out on the trail. Even better, the Paiute system adjoins the Great Western Trail, a sister system to the east, and the Fremont Trail to the south to bringing the grand total to more than 1500 miles of trails.
Trails vary in skill level from beginner to advanced, and the system spans a low point of 5230 feet to a high point of more than 11,000 feet. There's something for everyone: tight, narrow trails through dry creek beds, rock crawling, steep climbs through juniper and pin forests, aspen meadows and spectacular views from the ridge top trails. Because 80 percent of the Paiute Trail is dirt roads, it's a great place for beginners to explore. It's also a very popular area for hunters and sightseers.
Day Ride Loops
These rides will take a full day and return you to the starting point. Pack your lunch or plan to stop in a town along the way.
Marysvale to Marysvale – Pipeline Trail
This loop travels east toward Durkee Springs by way of trail #02 east out of Marysvale and #25 south through the Utah State Division of Wildlife’s Elbow Ranch. With any luck, we might see Deer and Elk along the trail. Continuing south, travel the Pipeline trail then north on the #01 and over Langdon Mountain. The ride continues to the intersection of #02 and then down Dry Creek switchbacks to the valley floor and back to Marysvale on trail #02. Words underestimate this spectacular ride as it traverses the valley floor, the foothills and then over the summits. This loop is for “Intermediate” riders. (50 miles)
Marysvale to Marysvale – Kimberly Ghost Town
Travel east from Marysvale on trail #02 across the bridge and continue north. Look for trail #24 forking to the left after about 3 miles. Follow this trail for a couple of miles and watch for trail #21 on the left. Follow this to the river and then follow the old railroad grade north to Hoover’s Café. Cross the highway staying on trail #74 and go up Deer Creek to trail #01. Turn right (north) and travel 1 mile to the Silver King Mine. Continue a few miles further to the Kimberly Ghost Town site. Backtrack to the intersection of trail #01 and trail #74. Ride south about 1 ½ miles to trail #02. Turn left and go down Beaver Creek about 10 miles to Marysvale. The loop is rated “Intermediate.” (45 miles)
Marysvale to Koosharem to Marysvale – Spare Rib Special
If you like to eat barbeque ribs, then consider putting this one on your agenda. This loop starts out on the #77 trail, south to #02 then following the #02 up Dry Creek to the main #01 trail. Follow #01 past Manning Meadow Reservoir to #78 and then to #44 and north to #68. Travel #68 a short distance and then take Forest Service road 076 down till it merges with #01 and on to Koosharem. Fill your gas tank at the Grass Valley Store, then drop by the Koosharem Café for great spare ribs … hey, if you don’t like ribs, they’ll serve you an old fashioned hamburger with all the trimmings. The prices are reasonable and you won’t be disappointed. You can bring your own lunch also and picnic in the park. Take a different rout home mostly on #01 and #02. It’s more than 80 miles, but suitable for most “Beginners.” All you need is a few bucks in your wallet.
Marysvale to Marysvale – East Loop
Follow trail #02 east and south to trail #25. Follow trail #25 to trail #01 and follow trail #01 north to trail #02. Then follow trail #02 back into Marysvale. Plenty of side trail opportunities are available to extend this loop. Trail #54 and trail #53 may be included continuing north on trail #01 to Manning Reservoir where wildlife is often spotted. (45.8 miles)
Marysvale to Marysvale – Cottonwood Loop Mining History
Go west up Bullion Ave to Revenue Gulch (#77) and on to Miner’s Park. Tour Miner’s park for a first hand look at the history of mining at the restored mining district. Walking tours and restrooms. From there go up the north slop of Cottonwood Canyon. Spectacular views from 10,000 feet. Continue over Cottonwood and down Cottonwood Canyon. You will see many old mining camps and operations. After a beautiful drive down Cottonwood Canyon we will come out at Hwy 89. Cross the Hwy and back to Marysvale on trail #77. This is an “Intermediate” loop. (35 miles)
Circleville to Beaver to Circleville – West Loop
From Circleville follow trail #01 west to trail #88. Follow trail #88 to trail #67 and trail #67 to trail #68 into Beaver. From Beaver follow trail #05 east to trail #01 and follow trail #01 back to Circleville. Rated “Intermediate.”
Marysvale to Circleville to Marysvale – 50 Inch or Less Machines Only
This loop starts out on the #77 trail south to the intersection of #02, continuing south to #25 and then on to #01. Trail #01 will take us south through Kingston Canyon and across Hwy 62 and on to Circleville. Lunch can be found in Circleville. We will go east from Circleville and up Wades Canyon (watch the switchbacks!) across Hwy153 to Big Johns Flats for a breather. Then across the top past Bullion Pasture to the 12,000 foot pass. From there you can see forever and don’t forget to look for the mountain goats. You will follow #01 to #02 and down Beaver Creek to Marysvale. (85 miles)