Dowd Mountain Trail

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Loop Trail

No width limit

Dirt Trail

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

Full Size

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Vault Toilet at the Trailhead.
50″ ATV’s, UTV’s & MC’s and full-sized 4x4s.
Mostly dirt trails – some rocky areas. Mostly OHV trail-style riding.
Most Trails have adequate signage.
The closest medical help is Ashley Regional Medical Cente 150 W 100 N, Vernal, UT 84078 Dial 911 for Emergencies or (435) 789-3342

Dagget County Sheriffs Office Manila UT Dial 911 for Emergencies or (435) 784-3255

Utah Highway Patrol Dial 911

Ashley National Forest 355 North Vernal Avenue Vernal, UT 8407 435-789-1181
The Dowd trails are located in Dagget County approximately 49 miles North of Vernal UT, and 183 miles East of Salt Lake City Utah. The trailhead is located immediately off the FR094 exit from Hwy 44 very near milepost 14. Approximately 17 miles of routes are marked within the area. It will take you a few hours to explore this system depending on your driving and whether you take some of the hikes available. There are no services so stock up on anything you need before leaving Vernal, or Mountain View if coming from the North. There are a Vault Toilet and a picnic area at the Dowd Mountian Overlook area on the far East end of the trails. The view of Flaming Gorge is spectacular. The riding is pleasant and scenic, trails are generally easy for even beginners.

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The trailhead parking is large enough for almost any rig. There are plenty of dispersed camping spots available on Dowd Mountain if you would like a pleasant place to pitch camp for the night.
You can go left or right at this 4-way intersection. Either way, you come out at the same spot, another 4-way intersection a few miles down the center road near Dowd Mountian Overlook area. We chose to take FR614 to the right.
Occasionally the trees open up onto vast mountain meadows.
If you would like to take the hike down Carter Creek Trail you would want to hang right here. It is a dead-end at the trailhead not too far away.
Here we are at the 4-way intersection we mentioned earlier. A right turn will take us to the Dowd Mountain Overlook
Here at the Dowd Mountain Overlook you will find a Kiosk explaining what you see in the distance, a Vault toilet, and picnic tables. There are a few short trails leading to slightly better views of Flaming Gorger Reservoir.
There are several roads that take off from the main trails like this one that offers some very nice dispersed camping that most vehicles can access. All of these roads are dead ends.
You will be sharing the trail with mountain bikers and will find a few single tracks crossing your path like the one to the right here. Please respect the trails and keep to the one that obviously fits your vehicle.
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