ATV | UTV | Motorcycles

The areas surrounding Capitol Reef National Park are home to hundreds of miles of off road routes ranging from relaxing drives to nail biting adventures. Thousand Lake Mountain to the north, Boulder Mountain to the south and the Henry Mountains south of the town of Hanksville provide spectacular alpine scenery, cool summer temperatures and panoramic views of the surrounding lowland deserts. The roads and trails in these higher elevations are only accessible from late spring through autumn. Off road travel is NOT allowed inside Capitol Reef National Park itself.

Trail NameLocationDifficultyTrail Types
Angel Point TrailHanksvilleEasyATV | Hiking | Jeep
Blue BenchesHanksvilleModerateATV | Jeep | Biking
Burro Wash EastNotomModerateATV | Jeep
Donkey ReservoirTeasdaleHardATV | Jeep
Geyser PeakLoaEasyATV
Great Western TrailBicknellModerateATV | Horseback | Biking
Horseshoe CanyonHanksvilleEasyATV | Hiking | Jeep
Lower Bowns / Oak Creek TrailTorreyModerateATV | Jeep | Biking

Moonscapes and Goblins

HanksvilleModerateATV | Jeep
North SlopeTeasdaleEasyATV | Jeep
Planets to the PastHanksvilleEasyATV | Jeep
Poison SpringHanksvilleExtremeATV | Jeep
Robber’s Roost TrailHanksvilleEasyATV | Jeep
Sam’s Mesa TrailHanksvilleModerateATV | Jeep
 Swing Arm CityCainevilleEasyATV | Jeep
Thousand Views TrailBicknellModerateATV
Tidwell SlopesLoaModerateATV | Jeep
Velvet Ridge / Hell’s HoleTorreyModerateATV | Jeep | Biking

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Backroad Bonanza

Capitol Reef National Park’s most scenic areas including Cathedral Valley with its imposing towers and colorful hills and the Water Pocket Fold rich with geologic and historic sites are only accessible by off road vehicle. These roads are not for the faint of heart as they may become impassable when wet. They are also only accessible by high clearance vehicles.


Historical Hideouts and Havens

The red rock country of eastern Wayne County includes Horse Shoe Canyon, a remote section of Canyonlands National Park.  The Robbers Roost area, hide out to the legendary Butch Cassidy and his “Wild Bunch” is peppered with historical sites and dissected by deep red rock canyons adjacent to the Dirty Devil River.  The San Rafael Swell is a large rise in the Earth surrounded by a reef of jagged, contorted rock.  Back country roads penetrating this reef provide access to abandoned mining operations and archeological sites.


Factory Butte

Factory Butte is located in Wayne County, Utah between the towns of Caineville and Hanksville, just north of State Road 24. The Bureau of Land Management has issued new motorized recreation rules for the Factory Butte Area. Swing Arm City is an open play area for OHV’s. Outside of Swing Arm City, there is approximately 200 miles of designated routes providing recreational opportunities for all skill levels.

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