Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers

Trails & Trail Ratings

Trails and Trail Ratings

Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers is committed to helping you find OHV-friendly places to wheel. Although many of the areas within the Las Vegas Valley are closed to OHV, the surrounding areas outside of the Valley offer us some amazing trails. We’ve compiled a list of places to play throughout Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California, and are working on bringing you more trail information as it becomes available.

 

We work closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forestry Services to keep the club updated on what areas are available to wheel, and which ones are off-limits. To view the current Las Vegas Valley BLM OHV closure map, click here. Still not sure if your favorite spot is open or closed to OHV? Give us a call, or send us an email, and we can check with the BLM and US Forestry services for you. As new information becomes available, we will add updates to this page, as well.

Trails

Logandale Trail System (NV)Sand Mountain (UT)Moab (UT) • Kingman/Bullhead City (AZ) • Johnson Valley (CA) • Rubicon Trail (CA)

Logandale Trails Systems (LTS) – Southern Nevada

Visit the LTS Website for more information.

13 Mile Loop - Trail Rated 3
Trail Rating: 3 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 28″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

13 Mile Trail, or 13 Mile Loop as it is sometimes called, is an extremely scenic and stock-friendly trail that tours virtually the entire Logandale Trail System. Great for beginners or those just looking for a leisurely and scenic run. Includes some fun playing in the dunes as well! 13 Mile Loop accesses a multitude of trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Scenic trail but requires some skill and airing down. Involves driving on soft sand and small dunes. This trail passes two wonderful sites that will show you native petroglyphs. Arguably the most scenic trail in the Logandale Trail System. It is not unheard of to see many varieties of wildlife indigenous to the Southern Nevada area, such as Big Horn Sheep. Also features two optional obstacles to introduce you to rock crawling.

Bitter Springs - Trail Rated 3
Trail Rating: 3 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 28″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

The Bitter Springs Back Country Byway connects Interstate 15 to North Shore Road that surrounds Lake Mead by following old mining roads and washes through the Muddy Mountains. A major site to be seen is the multicolored sandstone formations known as the Buffington Pockets. Tracks from the Old Spanish trail (later known as the Mormon trail), a path created by Spanish explorers in 1776 and later by settlers and miners heading west, can be seen crossing the trail. This area has attracted people throughout time due to the springs and water holes. Evidence of this can be seen in the petroglyphs, pictographs, rock art and ant hill shaped roasting pits. Settlement in the area created mining ventures. Old borax mines can be seen, where sandstone was quarried. There is plenty of extraordinary views and landscapes to be seen along the byway. Wildlife in the area includes wild horse and bighorn sheep. During Hump’N’Bump we do not enter National Park Service land, as we turn around in the major wash and treat this as an in and out trail.

Hawkins Trail - Trail Rated 4

Trail Rating: 4 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 31″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

The Hawkins Trail runs between Glendale and the main wash in the Weiser Valley area. The trail has a lot of loose shale and whoops, and can be done in a stock Jeep; however, bumps, bruises, and scrapes with desert pinstriping may happen. Running through the main wash area at the north end of the trail are small steps, about 2 feet in height, that you will have to navigate. There are three to four good-sized hill climbs that you will navigate depending on your direction of travel. We enjoy running this trail from the south to the north starting out in the Logandale Trail System, crossing through the quarry up the waterfalls, and then on to running the highline of the Weiser Valley Trail.

Weiser Valley Trail - Trail Rated 4
Trail Rating: 4 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 31″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

The Weiser Valley / Ute Road trail follows the Moapa Ride About Trail. It is mostly a stock friendly trail with some steeper grade, and a few washed out areas that will need to be crawled though. All the hard obstacles have bypasses. The trail starts riding along a ridge with good views of the area. It then descends into a wash where most of the rough terrain is. Lots of optional obstacles to play on. This is the feeder trail to THE BOWL TRAIL and HAWKINS TRAIL.

Valve Stem - Trail Rated 4

Trail Rating: 4 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Minimum Lift Size: 2.5″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No
Skid Plate: Recommended

Valve Stem starts off by heading back toward I15 from camp to access a winding trail ride (with an off-camber downward left turn will get your heart pumping) and then takes you to Glendale and into the Weiser Valley area. Loose rock on upward climbs requires the use of 4-low, 1st Gear, and you can expect some desert pinstripes in the washes. A baby S-turn that all rigs must pass through will challenge any rig with less than a 2.5″ lift and 35″ tires. Expect a few bumps and underside scrapes as you go through it. Trail guides will be ready to jack you up and tug ya through. An obstacle ripping out a tire’s valve stem while this trail being is how it got its name! From here it is a loose rock trail across the ridge lines of many hill tops, down through a few washes and back up, before you meet the Moapa Ride About, south of Jackman NV, and head back over to the Logandale trail system. This is by far the longest trail (in distance) we have, at just over 30 miles from camp back into the Logandale Trail System.

Matterhorn - Trail Rated 6

Trail Rating: 6 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

Good for those slightly modified vehicles. A scenic ride through the Logandale hills with an awesome view overlooking the Valley of Fire State Park. Back onto the red sandstone rock area puts a nice obstacle course of short hill climbs and descents in front you. Great optional offcamber climb just before a large hill climb that puts you back in the launch position! Matterhorn is a fun and challenging trail in the Logandale Trail System. Requirements are 35″+ tires. It is usually run as part of the Weiser Valley Trail and usually run from north to south, but can be run either way. It is named because of a small jagged peak that is next to the trail that somewhat resembles the The Matterhorn peak in Switzerland. The trail has a few fun obstacles that are slightly challenging, but not really enough to cause any carnage. There are some bypasses on some obstacles, but then what’s the fun of the going on the trail? The end of the trail is a steep v-notch climb to the top of a hill and caps the trail perfectly.

The Bowl - Trail Rated 6
Trail Rating: 6 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 31″
Front Locker Required: It Helps
Rear Locker Required: It Helps

The Bowl Trail is a fun trail on the west side of the Logandale trail area. It is mostly a stock friendly trail with some steeper grade, and a few washed out areas that will need to be crawled though. All the hard obstacles have bypasses. The trail starts riding along a ridge with good views of the area. It then descends into a wash where most of the rough terrain is. The Bowl Trail is known for the S-turn obstacle, which is a very narrow, tight S-turn that is virtually guaranteed to cause body damage. A locker is recommended for the S-turn. The good news is that there is a bypass for it if you are not feeling very adventurous. You can continue the trail into the bowl – a large natural bowl that is quite scenic. You can also loop back to The Weiser Valley trail and check out The Matterhorn.

Lower Rock Bottom - Trail Rated 7

Trail Rating: 7 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

Those looking for a challenge will find it here. The entrance to the trail is a V-notch that you tiptoe through. From there you crawl up a slightly off-camber hill climb till you end up in a canyon with 3 ways out. The easiest is rated 2 and the hardest is a 7 that can put someone on their roof! As the trail comes to an end you have 2 ways to exit the trail: the S-turn where your power steering, brake control, and abilities get a major workout, or the waterfall which is a pretty steep flat rock wall descent. After the trail, have some fun at the sand dunes before heading back to base camp. Trail will take about half the day with a large group so bring snacks and plenty of water.

Shedder Trail - Trail Rated 7

Trail Rating: 7 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

Challenging and exciting for those with modified rigs. Based closest to base camp with plenty of optional obstacles that will keep you on edge. The trail starts off mild and continues to the Shedder Bowl where the first descent V-notch and tall hill climb gets the momentum up. After a series of short and tall waterfall climbs, you end up at the last obstacle (optional) which will either make or break you! This trail is also famous for un-official night runs. Shedder Trail, also known as Shredder Trail and Shitter Trail, is a short but action packed trail in the Logandale Trail Rystem. Requirements are 33″+ tires and a rear locker. This trail is only for modified rigs with at least 33″ tires and a lift. Lockers will help some of the obstacles, but those without lockers will be able to have fun on the trail as well with good spotting and a few bypasses. The trail often starts with a quick run through the Shedder Bowl, a fun little down and out bowl. After coming out the bowl, you cross back and start the main trail. Shedder Trail is only about a mile long, but is essentially a series of obstacles from start to finish. You will not shift out of 4 low for the whole trail. There are too many obstacles to describe, but most of them are rocky with a few off-camber spots. Rock crawling is the theme of the trail, and there is enough variation that those with just slightly modified rigs, up to those with full-blown buggies will have a great time. Spotting is essential on a few of the steeper obstacles.

Bronco Falls - Trail Rated 8
Trail Rating: 8 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

This trail is an 8-rated trail and considered the most challenging on the list. A short trail includes a huge vertical climb up a rock wall suitable for buggies and highly modified rigs. Though it looks more intimidating than difficult, a good set of tires and some low gears will get you to the top. Plenty of off-camber waterfalls and vertical v-cracks that will test most modified rigs. The Shedder Bowl playground will continue the trail and give the most extreme rigs a run for their money! Bronco Falls is generally acknowledged as the most difficult mapped trail in the Logandale Trail System. For Hump ‘N’ Bump, only rigs with 35″+ tires, lockers, and a winch will be allowed. The legend of how it got its name is that some members of the Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers were in the area scouting out trails and one of them was driving a Ford Bronco. On the last steep obstacle, the Bronco lost its footing and fell down the rock face. And the name has stuck ever since. And true to the name, it is a very challenging trail. It is simply a rock crawler’s dream trail as it is just obstacle after obstacle of rocks, steps and waterfalls. The climax of the trail is an extremely steep and off-camber climb that is known for its propensity to roll your rig. About once a month we hear about someone flipping or rolling over there, so care must be taken to complete the trail. Trust your spotter to show you exactly where to place your tires to avoid any rollovers. The trail should only be attempted by rigs with lifts, large tires, and lockers. Although we have heard about stock Jeeps and modified trucks making it through, we wouldn’t recommend it unless you don’t care that much about your rig. With that said, it is a very beautiful trail with incredible views of the area and if you make it through, you will be rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment. If you haven’t lost your rock-crawling appetite, play around in Shedder Bowl at the end.

Hidden Canyon - Trail Rated 8
Trail Rating: 8 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

The best (and most challenging) in all of Logandale! Sample obstacles from Shedder and Bronco Falls, then be rewarded with the steep and off-camber Hidden Canyon. We promise this trail will not disappoint! This trail combines the fun obstacles from the Shedder Trail, Bronco Falls, Rock Bottom, and Hidden Canyon. Requirements for this trail are 35″+ tires, lockers, and a winch. This trail starts in a canyon with a tall waterfall climb on the edge of your wheels, then lands you into a drop off chicane. Next you climb Bronco Falls and then drop into the Shedder Bowl, where a series of optional lines can take you to the most extreme terrain Logandale has to offer. Next you travel a trail over to the second tallest waterfall climb which takes you into the Hidden Canyon. Last you scale the walls of the V-notch in Lower Rock Bottom.

Upper Rock Bottom - Trail Rated 8

Trail Rating: 8 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

Rock Bottom is a difficult, rock crawling trail in the Logandale Trail System. It is about a mile long, but like many of the trails in the area, it is action packed. Those looking for a challenge will find it here. The entrance to the trail is a V-notch that you tiptoe through. From there you crawl up a slightly off-camber hill climb until you end up in a canyon with 3 ways out. The easiest is rated 4 and the hardest rated 7 has put many on their roof! As the trail comes to an end you have two ways to exit the trail: the S-turn where your power steering, brake control, and abilities get a major workout, or the waterfall which is a pretty steep flat rock wall descent. After the trail have some fun at the sand dunes.

LTS Trail Maps

To view the maps similarly used for the Hump ‘N’ Bump trails, click map image for details or to download the GPS tracks. Note: Tracks are for reference only; wheel at your own risk.

Sand Mountain – Utah

Visit the Winter 4 x 4 Jamboree Trail Descriptions page and Sand Hollow State Park website for additional information.

Sand Mountain Overview

The Sand Mountain Recreation Area, home of Winter 4X4 Jamboree and Trail hero, is located in Sand Hollow Utah, approximately 2 hours from Las Vegas. The Sand Mountain, or as most people say “Sand Hollow”, features 1-rated trails all the way up to 10+, with several obstacles, bypasses, and “lite” versions of some of the more complicated trails. Sand Hollow State Park offers areas for tent and RV camping, and the nearby towns of Hurricane and St George offer numerous hotels and eating locations,to make this more than just a day-trip location.

Sand Mountain - Trails Rated 2 & 3

Trail Rating: 2 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: Stock
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No
2-Rated Trails Include: Toquervillle Falls


Trail Rating: 3 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: Stock
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No
3-Rated Trails Include: East Rim Trail • Elephants, Virgins, and Things • Honeymoon Trail • Voyeur Trail • West Rim Lite

Sand Mountain - Trails Rated 4 & 5

Trail Rating: 4 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: Stock & 31″
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No
4-Rated Trails with Stock Tires Include: Birthing Cave
4-Rated Trails on Minimum 31″ Tires Include: Backdoor to Babylon • Milt’s Mile Lite • West Rim Trail


Trail Rating: 5 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes
5-Rated Trails Include: Bzzackwards

Sand Mountain - Trails Rated 6 & 7

Trail Rating: 6 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: Some Yes, Some No
Rear Locker Required: Yes
6-Rated Trails without a Front Locker Include: Fault Line • Sliplock Gulch
6-Rated Trails with a Front Locker Include: Wayne’s World


Trail Rating: 7 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Winch Required: No
Front Locker Required: Some Yes, Some No
Rear Locker Required: Yes
7-Rated Trails without a Front Locker Include: Plan B
7-Rated Trails with a Front Locker Include: Double Sammy • John’s Trail • Milt’s Mile • Triple 7

Sand Mountain - Trails Rated 8 & 9

Trail Rating: 8 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″ & 37″
Winch Required: Some Yes, Some No
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes
8-Rated Trails on Min 35″ Tires without Winch Include: Fawlty Towers
8-Rated Trails on Min 35″ Tires with Winch Include: The Maze • Renegade
8-Rated Trails on Min 37″ Tires without Winch Include: Front Range


Trail Rating: 9 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″ & 37″
Winch Required: Yes
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes
9-Rated Trails on Min 35″ Tires Include: Chain Reaction • Dutchman
9-Rated Trails on Min 37″ Tires Include: Joint Effort • Nasty Half • TNT

Sand Mountain - Trails Rated 10 - Buggy Territory!

Trail Rating: 10 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 37″
Winch Required: Yes
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes
10-Rated Trails Include: Arrowhead Canyon • DeKleined

Moab – Utah

Visit the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, Inc.’s website for trail descriptions and additional information.

Moab Overview
Moab, home of Easter Jeep Safari and Labor Day Safari Campout, is located in Moab, Utah, approximately 7 hours from Las Vegas. The Moab trail system features 40+ different combinations of trails, rated 2 through 10, giving you the opportunity to get out and test your wheeling skills on tons of obstacles! Moab offers several nearby locations for food and lodging, to help you turn your trip into a multi-day stay. For more details on activities, restaurants, and lodging, please visit Moab Happening’s website and Moab’s Travel Council websites.

Trail Rating System

Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers uses the 1 – 10 scale rating system to describe each trail’s technical difficulty, and is based on sunny and dry conditions. The actual difficulty of a trail can be altered by weather conditions, such as rain, snow, fog, and wind; therefore, always proceed with extreme caution if wheeling in inclement weather or low visibility conditions.

Trail Ratings 1 & 2

Trail Rating: 1 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: Stock-Friendly
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

A 1-rated trail is a true stock-friendly trail (and by stock-friendly we mean a stock Jeep). An example would be a graded dirt road. There are no obstacles and you should not need to engage 4 wheel drive at all. Any street car or truck can traverse this trail.

Trail Rating: 2 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: Stock-Friendly
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

A 2-rated trail may include a small rut or very small loose rocks. Sometimes a washboarded dirt road may be described as a 2 rating. Stock Jeeps will have no issue here, however it may be a bit bumpy for a car.

Trail Ratings 3 & 4

Trail Rating: 3 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 31″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

A 3-rated trail may add a few loose rocks or steep inclines. 4 wheel drive may be necessary to help maintain slow speeds on steep sections. Most Jeeps should be able to navigate a 3-rated trail without any difficulty.

Trail Rating: 4 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Front Locker Required: No
Rear Locker Required: No

A 4-rated trail adds a few more challenges into the mix. These trails may have steep inclines, some minor off-camber sections, and some ruts and steps or loose rocks that require more attention. 4 wheel low may be required to handle the steep slopes or crawl through small to mid-sized rocks. Stock Jeeps should be able to handle a 4-rated trail, however inexperienced drivers may want to have a little help.

Trail Ratings 5 & 6

Trail Rating: 5 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 33″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

A 5-rated trail may have even steeper grades to navigate, and bigger rocks and steps to get through. Moderate water crossings may be involved as well. Taking a stock Jeep on a 5-rated trail should be challenging, but not impossible. 4 wheel low is required and inexperienced drivers will benefit from good spotting. Minor bottom scraping may occur in Jeeps without lifts or larger tires.

Trail Rating: 6 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

A 6-rated trail is where stock Jeeps typically hit their limit. These trails will have large rocks and steps, possibly as large as 3ft. Off-camber sections will likely exist. Spotting should be used on the tougher obstacles. Lifts and larger tires are likely required. Lowering air pressure in tires and disconnecting sway bars should be considered “a must” for trails rated 6 and higher.

Trail Ratings 7 & 8

Trail Rating: 7 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

A 7-rated trail is typically a 6-rated trail but with an additional one or two more difficult obstacles. Stock Jeeps should not attempt a 7-rated trail. Excellent spotting is required. Some bottom scraping is likely, even for lifted Jeeps. These trails are only for experienced drivers.

Trail Rating: 8 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 35″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

An 8-rated trail is where we separate the men from the boys. High lift, large tires (35″ or better), and lockers are required. Even with this equipment, expect not to be able to make it through the more extreme obstacles. You are likely to get some damage to your Jeep and may need to be winched out. Extreme off-camber sections may result in rollovers.

Trail Rating 9

Trail Rating: 9 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 37″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

A 9-rated trail is probably about as extreme of a trail that you will encounter. These are usually reserved for buggy type Jeeps. You should have a full and securely supported roll cage, as the likelihood of a rollover is extremely high. Obstacles will include giant boulders, extremely steep climbs, deep v-notches, and more. Do not attempt unless you have an extremely modified rig and are willing to risk damaging it.

Trail Rating 10

Trail Rating: 10 out of 10
Minimum Tire Size: 37″
Front Locker Required: Yes
Rear Locker Required: Yes

A 10-rated trail is similar to a 9-rated trail, but with one or two “impossible” obstacles. Most attempts will fail, even with the most modified of rigs. This will be the limit to which any vehicle can pass, unless extremely modified. Welcome to Buggy Territory!