Off-Road Trails: Wyoming

A mix of many different types of terrain welcomes you in the state of Wyoming

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Many people say that Wyoming is "like no place on earth". In fact, that was the state motto until "Forever West" took over the title. Maybe they should have stuck with the first one... Anyways, Wyoming is a large open place that is full of adventure, especially if you have an off-road vehicle.

The terrain here is vast and features all kinds of different consistencies, including sand, mud, and hard pack. Let's see what Wyoming has in store for off-road fanatics!

  • Size 11,000 Acres
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Near Rock Springs, Wyo.

Killpecker Sand Dunes

11,000 acres of open sand dunes are ready to be explored! Killpecker Sand Dunes are very unique in that they are situated next to incredible geological sights in the form of buttes and spires, plus this is one of only seven dune fields in the world that feature "singing dunes". You'll enjoy the surrounding area for the sights to see, but you'll also enjoy everything this dune area has to offer. From large climbs to wide open sandy terrain, there is something for every rider and experience level here. Camping is available in this non-fee area, but be advised that the dunes are closed from May 1st to June 30th to protect the critical habitat in the area. Please respect these rules and regulations so we can all enjoy the dunes for many generations to come.
ATV Trails wyoming
  • Distance 150 Miles
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Buffalo Bill State Park; Cody, Wyo.

McCullough Peaks

Located on the eastern flank of Yellowstone National Park, McCullough Peaks has about 150 miles of trails to explore. Expect to venture through scrub, sagebrush, and various desert grasses on these trails with great views of the surrounding rock formations. Since Yellowstone is such a close drive from this location, a quick trip into the park is a must before/after any visit to this OHV area. If you're one of those riders who likes to peruse the area and find the trails less traveled, you might find yourself spotting wild horses. For camping and other recreation opportunities like boating, nearby Buffalo Bill State Park has two campgrounds and several boat ramps.
  • Distance 160 Miles
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Manderson, Wyo.

Nowater OHV Area

A vast amount of riding characterizes this place that is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Many steep and long hill climbs dot Nowater OHV Area, but most of these particular hills are tailored towards the dirt bike crowd. 160 miles of trails wind through the riding area. If you enjoy finding areas that include more than just off-road riding, the nearby town of Manderson could be your place. There is a place called Hot Springs State Park in this area, and it is home to the largest mineral hot springs in the entire world. So, bring you bathing suit with your riding gear - this is a fun place to visit for all the ATV and UTV lovers in your family.
  • Size 284 Acres
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Casper, Wyo.

Poison Spider OHV Park

A popular spot for Jeeps and 4x4 vehicles, Poison Spider OHV Park is also open to UTVs. The area has 284 open acres to play on, and there is no fee associated with riding here. Picnic facilities and a vault toilet are located in the staging area. Unfortunately, there are no camping spots in this area, so it is best to look for a place in the nearby town of Casper.
  • Size 30,000 Acres
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Cody, Wyo.

Red Lake Motorized Recreation Area

Like the McCullough Peaks riding area, above, Red Lake Motorized Recreation Area is near the city of Cody, Wyo. This particular off-road area has 3,000 acres of pure enjoyment with sand washes, challenging hill climbs, unmaintained trails, and of course some play areas. From the looks of it, this area is one that you have to see to believe with great scenery and unforgettable riding terrain. With year-around riding and plenty of room to park anything you want at the staging area, this recreation area should be at the top of your list for adventures.
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