Ride Difficulty Definitions:
These rides are almost wholly on dirt roads in the Paiute system. Some of the beginner rides may include short moderately steep sections or switchbacks.
Intermediate rides generally include some road and ATV trail portions with some steep, rough or challenging trails. A ride may also be intermediate in nature due to its length.
Advanced rides will generally include portions that are steep, rough, and otherwise difficult to maneuver. In some cases, rides are listed as advanced because of the length of the ride.
Please note that riders who overestimate their abilities and place themselves in an advanced group may become a problem to the entire group.
We strongly suggest that everyone wear a helmet and protective gear. Utah State law requires that all riders under the age of 18 MUST WEAR A HELMET! The Jamboree requires that every individual under the age of 18 wear a Department of Transportation helmet whether on an ATV or in a UTV.
Eye protection is recommended because of branches out over the trails. Flying dirt, dust, rocks and insects can get into unprotected eyes. The other safety clothing is for sudden spills that can be caused by ruts, rocks or roots that can throw an ATV and its rider off course and into a spill. This is especially true if a rider is traveling too fast for trail conditions or personal ability.
Don't push yourself beyond your limits either in the speed or distance you plan to travel. Exceeding either limit leads to fatigue and loss of control which can cause accidents. The Paiute ATV and the Great Western Trails are meant for leisurely travel, not for speed. Most ATV accidents can be attributed to excessive speed; traveling too fast for conditions. Accidents may also be caused by excessive dust and limited visibility.
You can minimize dust and increase your riding safety and enjoyment if you allow 15 to 30 seconds between yourself and the rider ahead of you. Do not be afraid that the group will leave you. Each ride always has a guide up front, and a follow-up person behind whose job it is to always be the last one in the group and make sure no on gets left behind. We suggest this spacing as a critical safety tip.
You should plan to carry plenty of water or other non-alcoholic liquid. Unless you are used to the aridity of Utah you can lose more body fluids than you realize, leading to dehydration and exhaustion. Do not drink water from steams. Giardia, a water-borne disease, is found in all surface waters and can ruin a good vacation.
State and Local Ordinances
Do not drink alcohol or use drugs while riding. As with autos, riding an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to serious accidents involving you and/or other members of your group. Utah State law prohibits the use of drugs or alcohol while operating an ATV or any other motor vehicle.
Please observe the following safety tips, State and Local ATV ordinances:
Observe the same traffic laws as other normal vehicles. Courtesy goes a long way in avoiding and preventing problems with other users.
ATV's shall yield right-of-way to automobiles at all times. Parts of the trail are also used for larger vehicles so be cautious and yield right-of-way to them while riding. ATV's shall also yield to horseback riders who may be using the same trail. When meeting horseback riders please pull off the trail and turn off your engine, allowing the horse to pass without being spooked by your machine.
All ATV trails and roads are subject to two-way traffic. Please use extreme caution when riding to avoid head-on collisions. Be courteous when allowing other riders to pass.
ATV use in cities and towns is restricted to designated routes except to directly access motels, gas stations and other related services and activities, and for direct access to the trail. Each city and town has certain streets designated as ATV routes. Maps can be made available upon request. Please use and respect these designated streets and other users and yield to normal vehicle traffic.
The Paiute ATV Trail and approved side trails have mostly been signed for your convenience. Please stay on designated trails and prevent the disturbance and misuse of public lands. Riding on public lands is a privilege. Please help us to preserve it.
Utah State law requires that operators of ATV's be 8 years of age or older. Operators between 8 and 16 years of age must be State certified in order to ride on public lands. Any rider between the ages of 8 and 16 who is certified or otherwise legal in his or her home state can legally ride in the State of Utah for a period of 14 days. Parents or guardians of younger riders are required to provide close supervision while riding.
Elevation and Equipment
There are several factors that should be considered due to the high elevation of the trails. Elevations along the trail range from 5,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. Because of the elevation and low oxygen levels, people with respiratory problems or heart conditions should consult a doctor before leaving home.
Another result of the trail's high elevations is temperature fluctuations. First, with over a mile of relief between high and low points, there can be a 20 to 30 degree temperature difference along the trail. Second, it is common to have a 40 degree temperature change from morning to night. This fluctuation in temperature should be considered by those planning to camp along the trail. Along with these temperature fluctuations is the fact that it never really gets too warm at 11,000 feet. As a result you should always carry warm clothing even if the weather appears mild at the start of a ride. You should also make sure your ATV is jetted properly for this altitude.
Prep-planning is the key to a successful trip. Once you embark on the trail, you are in a different world with few support services. It is important that you have everything you might need. This includes having enough fuel to get from one filling station to the next.