American Fork Canyon

Offroad Trails in American Fork Canyon

A Region within Utah

Utah is home to an incredible variety of terrain ranging from vast open deserts to dense, high-altitude forests. When most people think of offroading in Utah, the obvious slickrock of Moab comes to mind, but there is a small but impressive network of trails much closer for anyone who calls Salt Lake City their home.

American Fork Canyon is located under an hour's drive from the most densely populated parts of Utah. Although the canyon consists of a typical long and winding paved road, this simple passageway is the gate to a handful of trails ranging from 2WD and scenic to rugged and rocky terrain that only experienced drivers should try to conquer.

For those who come in less-than-built rigs, the trail from Tibble Fork Reservoir is a beautiful drive through the Wasatch Mountains beginning along the American Fork River, with endless dispersed camping opportunities from small and secluded to large group sites for trailers. Nearing the intersection with Mineral Basin, signage will point you on your way to Midway, heading over Pole Line Pass. This 2WD journey is a beautiful jaunt for anyone looking for an easy and scenic drive through the pine and aspen-covered mountains, but it is exceptionally more beautiful in the fall colors!

On the other side of the spectrum, American Fork Canyon offers challenges for any seasoned wheeler or built-up rig. Branching off the more accessible routes are many moderate and difficult trails with challenging obstacles strewn throughout the forest. From the milder side on Mary Ellen Gulch to the extremely rocky terrain on Mineral Basin, the loose shale and sharp quartzite are unforgiving in slowing down the more experienced drivers, while slick granite and limestone cause problems for all of the trails in the area.

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, this network of trails close to the Salt Lake and Utah Vallies offers a taste of everything for any skill level of driver wanting to hit a little dirt and get away from the city. Pack your cooler for the day or all of your gear for a weekend getaway in the serene and scenic Wasatch Mountains.

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American Fork Canyon includes trail difficulties ranging from