Joshua Tree OHV Trail

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Loop Trail

No width limit

Dirt Trail

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

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Plenty of amenities as you drive through St. George and Santa Clara.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Riding would be generalized as easy going graded sandy roads with plenty of dust (this is the desert) and you will see Joshua trees.
Most trails have adequate signage
The closest medical help is St. George Regional Hospital. 1380 E Medical Center Drive, St George, UT 84790. (435) 251-1000, Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Washington County Sheriff: 620 S 5300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 656-6500. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Utah Highway Patrol: Dial 9-1-1
The Joshua Tree OHV trails are located in Washington County, Utah at the north end of Gunlock State Park. There is a place to stage at the trailhead, parking in the town of Gunlock or you can ride right out of Gunlock State Park if you are staying there.

This trail is 55 miles of graded road and some two-track through the desert. We spent 5 hours at an average speed of 10 mph riding. You can easily make this a full day trip taking some of the side roads exploring this remote corner of the state.

There are no services on the trail but you will drive right through St. George and Santa Clara to the trail so stock up on anything you need there.

Riding would be generalized as easy going graded sandy roads with plenty of dust (this is the desert) and you will see Joshua trees.

Trail Route

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Key Points

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Pull onto the trail at the north end of Gunlock State Park. This area will look different from when we were there last. You will see private property signs as you pull off the highway onto the road. There is private property (ride with respect) on either side of the road as you pull in. You can stage your ride from the state park or we found some area to park right off the highway where you will actually exit this ride. See the last Street View image of this entry to get a better look.
Stay on the main road heading toward Motoqua Road.
Keep to the left at the fork to stay on the main road. The spur to the right goes to a short loop through the junipers and some interesting sandstone formations.
There are a couple interesting places to setup camp off this spur.
Hang a right at Motoqua Road heading northwest.
Head south following the sign for Indian Spring, Eardley Road and Jackson Well.
As you enter the valley, you will notice Joshua trees creeping up along the trail.
Entering the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area. The road parallels the northern boundary of the designation.
You will need to cross a gate at this point. Please leave the gate as you found it, as ranchers run their cattle in the area. Continue straight on the trail heading slightly northeast.
Turn right (east) onto road 7993.
We don’t remember if we took a wrong turn or found this vantage point to enjoy the desert on purpose but this is a quiet spot a mile off the main road.
We’re back to Motoqua Road, turn right heading east.
The boundary to the Shivwits Paiute Indian Reservation. Please stay to the road and respect that you are entering private property for the next seven miles.
Back to the blacktop, turn left to head back to Gunlock.
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