Top Places to Ride in North America
As North Americans, we have access to some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world. In next to no time at all, we can be exploring majestic mountains, desert dunes, loamy forests and so much more. But researching new areas to explore can be time consuming. With that in mind, we’ve combined our own wanderlust with some tour-guide-for-hire chutzpah to provide you with our top-five North American destinations to explore on dirt bike, ATV or UTV. These five locations, with their network of epic trails, offer something for both the novice and seasoned rider alike.
Glamis (Imperial) Sand Dunes, California
If you’re seeking vast desert-scapes to explore, look no further than the Glamis Sand Dunes of California. Also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes, this area is a mecca for desert riding of all types. With over 40 miles of sand dunes to tame, the Glamis Sand Dunes have become a main attraction for riders interested in practicing their rally riding, mastering their navigation skills and conquering the sand. Find out more here.
Windrock Park, Tennessee
The U.S. is particularly accommodating to off-road enthusiasts, with a wide range of privately owned parks that offer the perfect Stay & Play experience. Windrock Park is the south’s premiere off-road destination and the largest off-road park in the United States, catering to those with Jeeps, side-by-sides (SxS), mountain bikes and dirt bikes alike. The park offers over 300 miles of diverse trails, as well as a campgrounds, a general store and SxS and electric bike rentals. Find out more here.
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Kamloops and the whole Okanagan Valley, located in British Columbia, Canada, is considered one of the most northern desert-like climates in the world. Kamloops itself has solidified its claim as one of the top spots for dirt biking and off-roading, with hundreds of miles of trails and gravel roads, along with a fully equipped motocross track located close to town. Kamloops truly is the Canadian mecca for off-road enthusiasts. The surrounding area also offers some spectacular trail systems that you might want to explore during your visit. Find out more here.
Paiute ATV Trail, Utah
Located in south-central Utah, the Paiute ATV Trail is 275 miles long with over 1,000 miles of marked side trails that meander through dense forests, rocky hillsides and expansive canyons. Regarded as one of the best trails in the country, it crisscrosses through towns and wilderness alike, offering breathtaking panoramic views and plenty of family-friendly ATV and UTV riding. Find out more here.
A haven for riders of all kinds, Moab is known for its epic landscapes and some of the most diverse and scenic trails in North America. People come from all over the world to experience its famous off-road trails, including the Hell’s Revenge Trail and Poison Spider Trail. Because Moab is also enjoyed by cyclists, hikers and those with pets, it’s important for off-road enthusiasts to be mindful of others and stay on designated trails and roads. Find out more here.
While our list of North American destinations may be abbreviated, we think it offers a little something for everyone. Here are a few other noteworthy destinations you might want to consider:
- Ocala National Forest, Florida
- Hatfield-McCoy Trails, West Virginia
- Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
- Moser Creek Trailhead, Hyalite, Montana
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
No matter where you decide to visit, be sure you familiarize yourself with the area’s rules and regulations for riders and visitors. Many places require permits, engine spark arrestors, proof of ownership, etc. Don’t let any of these formalities prevent you from getting the most out of your visit. And whether you’re riding a dirt bike, ATV or UTV, make sure it has Quicksilver oil inside. Remember to always ride safely, stay on designated trails and be respectful of others as well as the environment. Now, get out there and have fun! And if you’re new to trail riding, check out our article on trail etiquette.