Utah offers a variety of activities for any outdoor enthusiast, particularly near the area of Mantua, north of the Great Salt Lake. This picturesque location outside the bustling hubs of Ogden and Salt Lake City is far from the recreational sport mecca of Moab, but it offers the same quality of outdoor activity. Mountain bikers, hikers backpackers and ATV enthusiasts from all over the West can be found in this outdoor paradise overlooking the Wasatch Cache region of northern Utah.
Willard Peak Road
A 12-mile road heading south out of Mantua, Utah, holds miles of winding ATV trails branching off in every direction. The area has panoramic views of the Wasatch mountains and Cache Valley from Inspiration Point where the road comes to a dead end. Hikers, mountain bikers and ATV users can enjoy the abundance of local wildlife, including deer, moose, elk and bobcats among expanses of aspen, oak and pine along the winding trails. Just a short distance from Salt Lake City, head east on Highway 89 into Mantua. From Main street, head south out of town on Willard Peak Road. You will see the signs for trailheads and ATV use upon leaving town.
Northern Skyline Trail
The northern skyline trail is the most popular of the Skyline trail system near Mantua and Ogden. The northern portion of this trail offers hikers, motorcyclists, mountain bikers and ATV enthusiasts gorgeous views. This region contains some of the planet's oldest geologic formations in the form of Willard and Ben Lomond Peak near the Wasatch fault, and shoreline views of ancient Lake Bonneville. Mountain goats can be seen in the higher elevations of this trail along with elk and deer on occasion. You can access this trail from the north side of Highway 89 at the top of the North Ogden Divide where there are restroom facilities and parking at the trailhead. The trail climbs to the summit of Ben Lomond Peak and bridges off along a ridge to Willard Peak for a distance of 11.5 miles. This area is heavily populated during summer months, particularly in June.
Beaver Creek Trail
Just about an hour drive from Mantua, nestled in the western Uinta Mountains, the Beaver Creek Trail is a vast system of trails for hikers, backpackers and ATV travelers. Near Beaver Creek Trail are Shingle Creek campground and Pine Valley campground for those who prefer to enjoy the great outdoors and explore the area on foot. Trail systems include the Cedar Loop Trail and the Pine Valley Trail, which are both a bit technical for amateur ATV users. The Beaver Creek Trail, however, is predominately flat with few inclines and rolling hills to traverse. The trail begins in the Yellow Pine parking area just near the Mirror Lake Highway fee station. From Mantua, take Interstate 84 south into Kamas, and then travel east on Highway 150. The trail begins about six miles outside Kamas.