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Best Idaho ATV & Off Road Trails to Visit

You will find plenty of offroad trails in Idaho to take your ATV. There is a plethora of outdoor areas that are just brimming with places to explore. You will always find beautiful views in Idaho. You will also be able to enjoy endless outdoor activities in this state that you can visit during all four seasons, with its border heritage, charming towns and unexpected wonders, including the deepest river gorge in North America. If you are looking for daring and wonderful places to ride, then you have come to the best state.

You will find a variety of trails, but you will need to ensure that you have the correct certification to be able to ride in the areas you desire. You will need a ohv sticker which will allow you to do this legally and you must of course always be sure that you have the correct insurance. Idaho however is ready and waiting to be explored and here are some detailed breakdowns including a number of other places that will be a delight for your UTV. 


Hells Canyon: Scenic Beauty, Authentic West

Start your journey in Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, where you can appreciate the nature of Idaho at its finest. Marvel at this untamed landscape of mountain peaks, deep valleys and wildlife, and take advantage of the wide variety of outdoor adventures that will allow you to enjoy this experience to the fullest. Local operators like Hells Canyon Adventures offer views and treks near Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River that sculpted Hells Canyon. The Hells Canyon Adventures cabin is conveniently located on the river, allowing you to trek through with your UTV as well as featuring plenty of wild activities. At sunset, admire the spectacular views as you dine at an altitude of 2,400 meters. The remarkable roads and trails around Swiftwater RV Park in White Bird, ID offer great ATV rides! 

Wilson Creek Trail

A truly beautiful trail, this is a classic desert ride that takes you across canyons and plateaus. Wild Horse sightings are common and you will find that it is an incredibly beautiful area. The trail starts as an open valley then into a tight canyon. There are plenty of creek crossings that can be deep in the spring which is something to be wary of.


Here are some other places in the area:

  • Cascade Ranger District and Office.
  • Dollar Creek Way Trail. 
  • East Mountain Way Trail.
  • Gold Fork North Trail.
  • Needles Route Trail.
  • Emmett Ranger District and Office. 
  • Airline Trail.

Where can I go off-roading in Idaho?

There are quite a few areas in Idaho that lend themselves nicely to off-roading. Some of which include the famous Elk City Historic Wagon Road. These areas will fare nicely for your UTV. Some of which include: 

Elk City Historic Wagon Road

Along the Wagon Road there are 29 historic points of interest as well as the option to camp out if you should wish. It is quite a trail, but a beautiful one at that. Plenty of scenery to feast your eyes on. 

St. Anthony Sand Dunes 

St. Anthony Sand Dunes rise up to 400 feet above the valley floor and there are plenty of areas to ride. It is best that you stick to the marked roads and trails and this way you can be sure you will be safe. It is free but you will need a safety flag and an Idaho OHV sticker to be able to complete the ride.

Mackay’s Mine Hill Tour 

Located in Mackay, Mackay’s Mine Hill Tour is incredible, full of history and plenty of forest around which makes this is a very dense area and incredibly delightful. With a narrow bridge crossing, it should be tackled gently but you’ll admire many amazing views.

Big Southern Butte

This is one of the biggest volcanic domes in the world. The terrain is perfect for UTVs and although this is a really long trail, so be prepared to fuel up for a long and enduring trail! 

Where can I ride my dirtbike in Idaho? 

Idaho is an ideal destination for those who love to ride their UTVs. There are many trails that lend themselves to this and you should be sure that you are aware of, some of which include:


  • 4th of July Pass ATV Trails. 
  • Big Southern Butte OHV Riding Area. 
  • Blackrock Canyon Pocatello ATV Trail. 
  • Canfield Mountain Trail System.
  • Danskin Mountain OHV Area. 
  • Idaho City ATV and Dirt Bike Trails. 
  • Independence Creek Trail System. 
  • Kirkham Ridge Trail.


These areas are often full with other UTVs but coming at the end of season will mean it could be a little quieter. 

What is an ohv? 

Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) are motorized land vehicles mostly used for recreation purposes. They must be operated on private land or trails and not on public streets or freeways, which is why an ohv sticker is vital when you want to use them in this way. It is important for consumers to understand the differences between LSVs, golf carts, and OHVs, the traffic laws that apply to these vehicles, and the regulations related to registration, titling, and insurance. 

It is important to note that there is a difference between OHV = OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE and ATV = ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE. 

Where can I get an OHV sticker in Idaho?

You must visit the appropriate online website to ensure that you have the correct sticker to be able to drive your ATV. In order to obtain this, you will need to visit www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/atv-motorbike and click on the Where To Buy Registration Stickers tab or call 800-247-6332 which will allow you to find a certificate.

Any rider or passenger who is under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and adhere to these rules to be sure that you will not incur any kind of fine. Other than that, it’s time to start exploring Idaho and seeing what it has to offer. 


Switchback MotorSports carries a variety of atv’s and utvs perfect for the offroad trails of Idaho! Stop into our showroom today to check them out.


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