Slow Elk Hills

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Loop Trail

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Dirt Trail


Single Track

50" Vehicle

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This ride is OUT in the desert. Let people know where you are going and when you plan to return. Bring plenty of water, food, tools and make sure you have a good spare tire. You can stock up on gas and supplies in Tooele, Eureka, Nephi or Delta (depending on which direction you are coming from). There is a small campground and vault toilet at the Pony Express Historical Marker.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Easy – Mostly graded county roads with some two-track.
The main routes have adequate signage but some trails aren’t very clear where they go. This is a good place to have a GPS.
The closest medical help is Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, 48 W 1500 N, Nephi, UT 84648. (435) 623-3000. The center is 31 miles south and east on Jericho-Callao Road across HHY 6 to Rd 132. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Juab County Sheriff Department: Dial 9-1-1 or (435) 623-1349.

Tooele County Sheriff Department: Dial 9-1-1 or (435) 882-5600.

Utah Highway Patrol – Nephi: (435) 623-1018

BLM Office at Little Sahara Recreation area: (435) 433-5960

We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA). Learn more:
The Slow Elk Hills trail is along the Historic Pony Express Route in Utah’s West Desert between Tooele and Juab Counties. This 56-mile trail circles Table Mountain and Cup Butte. The Great Basin Region is miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles; with interesting places to explore for those who love the desert. We spent 3.5 hours riding at an average speed of 16 mph. Plan at least five hours to allow for some additional exploration, and plan your trip so you can grab a bite and explore one of the towns nearby.

Speaking of nearby towns, there are no services in the immediate area and this is the desert so stock up on water and other supplies in Tooele, Eureka, Nephi or Delta (depending on where you are coming from). Make sure someone knows where you are going and map out your trail with the resources here.

Trail Route

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Key Points

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Head southwest from Simpson Springs Station Historic Pony Express Marker. There is a primitive campground nearby if you plan on sleeping out under the stars.
Table Mountain rises from the desert floor 846 feet and an elevation of 5,766 feet.
There are a number of places to explore along the historic Pony Express route. We continue southward toward Table Mountain. points of interest
Keep left at the fork.
Stay on the main road here. The two-track to your right eventually disappears into the desert up over the hill. The two-track to the left (north) continues on to Slow Elk Hills but the Flint Spring Road (main road you just left) circles back and around to the same spot.
Turn right and continue heading south at this intersection.
Continue east at this intersection.
You will find a trail that takes off from the main road to your right shortly after the cattleguard.
You will come to another intersection, stay left.
You will come back to the graded road. Continue right (south) on the diagonal to Keg Pass Road. If you watch the track via Ayvri (above) you will see where we circled back to where we originally took off from the main road.
Hang left continuing north at this intersection.
Stay left northwest at this intersection. Continuing on to Simpson Springs Callao Road back to the Pony Express historical marker.
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