❏ Recently, we visited Richfield, Utah,
in Sevier County and rode the Paiute
and Gooseberry trails. Sevier is located in central Utah off Highway 70 and
has a massive trail system with one
million acres of land for trail riding.
There are four main trail systems:
Paiute, Great Western, Paiute Side
Trail and Gooseberry. We logged
hundreds of miles visiting the Silver
King Mine, Kimberly ghost town and
the Fremont Indian State Park. The
scenery we got to ride in was tight,
wooded trails and open hillsides with
many creek crossings. We spotted elk
and deer during our rides and got to
try a bit of fishing at one of the many
lakes accessible in the trail system.
MORE TO DO
One major event takes place in
Richfield once a year for five days of
riding, which is the Rocky Mountain
Jamboree, held September 21st
through 25th this year. This was the
23rd year for the jamboree held at the
Sevier County Fairgrounds. Back in
2009, the world record for the longest
ATV parade was set with 1,870 ATVs.
Two smaller events held during the
year are the National Jamboree in late
June in Fillmore and the Marysvale
Jamboree in August. To register for
both jamborees, visit www.sevier
utah.net. The trails are maintained
by the BLM and Forest Service. When
riding ATVs on public roads, speeds
are generally governed by the speed
limit on the street. If there is a difference, then it is posted on an ATV sign.
STAY AND RIDE
One of the ATV clubs involved with
the project of trail maintenance and
other services is Sevier Valley OHV
Club. All of the towns along the trail
system welcome OHVs and are completely user-friendly, allowing direct
access via ATVs to services such as
gas stations, restaurants, lodging,
garages, trailheads, etc., and have
plenty of available parking for trucks
and trailers. The Paiute Trail runs
through Salina, Aurora, Richfield,
Glenwood, Monroe, Elsinore and
Joseph in Sevier County. Outside of
the area it can also be accessed from
the towns of Fillmore, Beaver and
Marysvale. Other access points are
Fremont Indian State Park and Big
Rock Candy Mountain. The Fremont
Indian State Park offers many activities for everyone, featuring walking trails to check out ancient petroglyphs, pictographs, pictoglyphs and
many other viewpoints and geological wonders.
Trails like this run along the ridge of the mountaintops. Depending on the time of
year and how far up you go, you can find snow too.
Riders enjoy the great riding that Utah has to offer. You can log hundreds of miles
for a great adventure.
Many lakes are accessible throughout the trail system. These lakes offer great
scenery, along with being able to cast out and catch some fish.
WHERE TO RIDE