Best Off-Highway Drives in Utah

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Skyline Drive I


You will constantly be distracted by awesome vistas from atop the Wasatch Range across the Great Salt Lake and into the Great Basin. This is a magnificent, convenient and thus popular drive close to m…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Farmington, UT - Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#2. Hell's Revenge, Lion's Back and Potato Salad Hill


The trail is as beautiful as it is confusing. It has a high vantage point with beautiful views of the La Sal Mountains and Negro Bill Canyon to the east and, from the overlook, the Colorado River. The…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 8.5 miles
Published by FunTreks

#3. Wedge Overlook and Buckhorn Draw Drive


This tour (best enjoyed in spring or fall) goes through outstanding sandstone scenery in the San Rafael Swell, a massive blister in the Earth’s crust and one of Utah’s most dramatic geologic features.…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Castle Dale, UT - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 98 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree Road Drive


This road winds through semiarid mountains in the region where the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau meet. Here, not far from Utah’s lowest point (Beaver Dam Wash, 2,350 feet, southwest…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Saint George, UT - Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 19 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Burr Trail


This long and easy route offers a great variety of scenery. Although it is now predominantly paved road, there are rough sections through Capitol Reef National Park on which lowslung vehicles will nee…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Utah"
Boulder, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 62.6 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#6. Kane Creek Canyon


The trail winds back and forth across the floor of Kane Creek Canyon and crosses Kane Creek many times. It then climbs rapidly up the narrow end of the canyon, providing some terrific photo opportunit…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 13.6 miles
Published by FunTreks

#7. Gemini Bridges


One of the most popular biking and four-wheel-drive routes in Moab. The east side approach has dramatic views of the La Sal Mountains and Arches National Park. The Gemini Bridges are really two large…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 13.3 miles
Published by FunTreks

#8. Gold Bar Rim


The first two miles end at an impressive overlook of Gold Bar Canyon, making this a worthwhile trip for stock vehicles especially if combined with other easy and moderate trails in the area. The hard-…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 7.6 miles
Published by FunTreks

#9. Nipple Creek and Tibbet Canyon Trail


Most of this trail is contained within the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. The winding trail runs up narrow Nipple Canyon, leaves it briefly to run through a very scenic area of badlands,…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Utah"
Big Water, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 22.2 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#10. Cummings Parkway Drive


This drive takes you to the crest of an 8,000-foot-high ridge with views of 11,750-foot Mt. Timpanogos. The park itself has many amenities. Cascade Springs, where fast-flowing water pours out over roc…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Midway, UT - Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 26 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. La Sal Pass


A great drive for sport utility owners looking for some challenge. La Sal Pass offers close-up views of Mt. Peale, the highest peak in the La Sal Mountains at 12,721 ft. Spur roads take you to Medicin…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 36.2 miles
Published by FunTreks

#12. Castleton-Gateway Road


If you’re driving from Colorado to Moab, this road provides an excellent scenic alternative to I-70. The route starts at Gateway, a small settlement set in a valley on the Dolores River, and follows t…
From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Utah"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 27.1 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#13. River Ford to Cathedral Valley Drive


Fording the Fremont River is a unique desert experience, and the moonscape of the Bentonite Hills is a strange sight indeed. The overlooks at Cathedral Valley are spectacular, and the subtle hues and…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Fremont, UT - Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 68 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Summit Mountain Road Drive


This is a particularly beautiful drive, especially in autumn, with outstanding views of the Great Basin and the pink cliffs of Cedar Breaks National Monument. It has pretty stretches through stands of…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Summit, UT - Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 20.6 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#15. Hurrah Pass


This short drive takes you through the easy parts of Kane Springs Canyon to pleasant views from relatively low Hurrah Pass. Stop along the way to see extraordinary Indian petroglyphs on a large boulde…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 19.4 miles
Published by FunTreks

#16. Hole-in-the-Rock Road Drive


Retrace the general route taken in 1879–1880 by the expedition of Mormon pioneers who settled at Bluff. As you skirt the edge of the famous Escalante River canyons, ponder the sandstone figures at Dev…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Escalante, UT - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 106 miles
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#17. Middle Canyon Road Drive


After climbing 3,800 feet you will reach an overlook above the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, Kennecott’s 2.5-mile-wide, half-mile deep Bingham Canyon Mine, a National Historic Landmark. The dr…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Tooele, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 26.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#18. Chicken Corners


Descend from Hurrah Pass on the more remote west side to the scenic Colorado River gorge. See Dead Horse Point State Park and Pyramid Butte across the river. Experience the thrill of Chicken Corners.…
From the guidebook "Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 23 miles
Published by FunTreks

#19. Determination Towers ATV Trail


This route serves as an introduction to a broad, scenic area with many fun roads and dramatic rock formations, including Monitor and Merrimac Buttes and Determination Towers. An exciting side trip t…
From the guidebook "ATV Trails Guide: Moab, Utah"
Moab, UT - Off-Highway Drives - 15 miles
Published by FunTreks

#20. Tower Arch Drive


This tour includes Klondike Bluffs, Marching Men, Tower and Eye of the Whale arches, as well as views of the La Sal Mountains. It’s best in spring and fall. Below Salt Valley is a shifting salt bed…
From the guidebook "Utah Byways"
Moab, UT - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 22.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press