August 18, 2019

                                                                                                                                      July 13, 2018

South of Red Lodge, Mt.

Mike and Janna Clark and Larry and Geri Gustafson rode this area, just south of Red Lodge, Mt. on the west side of the road.  I will try to locate the gravel road to turn on where you will find a nice big field to boondock on.  From that camp site, we rode south to 2 great sites.

  The first road travels up the mountain, like a rough 4x4 slow road,  where in the past there has been much mining.  At the end of this road is the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area.  Which is about 10K ft. Of course we thought we were the only ones up there, I should know better by now!!

At the end of the road is a nice waterfall and a trail you can hike to get close to it.  The drive is is amazing with forest and mountain cliff across the stream. This ride was on a FS. road.

Stream at the end of the road

Be sure to drive the Beartooth Hwy over to Cooke City and on to Yellowstone Nat. PK

August 17, 2019

                                                                                                                                         Sept 2018
Panguitch, Utah

Panguitch, Utah , Dixie National Forest, West and East-Red Canyon
Paradise Campground is north of town 3 miles and you can ride to both sides of Hwy 89.

The west is at the the bottom of a mountain, where there is long valley, mostly 4x4 roads, thru short cedar trees.  This is a big area, where I used my GPS to keep track of our routes and I think Avenza. There were grass meadows surrounded by aspen trees. Some areas had burned in the past.

The east area of Hwy 89 was my favorite, lots of sandstone hills with a variety of colors, green, blue, red and white. There are many trails, but well marked.  Valleys, forest on the ridge top and the outstanding Red Canyon, simply breathtaking.

Red Rock Canyon

Larry & Geri in the Red Canyon
                                                                                                                                        July 7, 2018

Mill Creek / Wicked Creek , near Pray, Mt.

    This is mountain and valley areas.  Some of the trails are old logging roads and the ATV trails are very rocky in places.  It well worth the ride.  There were amazing sites, waterfalls, hill sides full of rocks, forest and creeks to cross and snow!!  We came to a big bowl, a lake on the bottom and a circle of snow around the north circle. It felt unusual to be in this spot!

Lake at the top, such an unusual place to experience

The side trail went up the mountain, where we could see where there had been a avalanche and snow was to deep to continue, did I mention this was July 7th?
The main trail seemed to go on forever, we did come across a tree across the trail, so we turned around. Guess we'll have to back and see where it goes.
  This trail is listed on Rider under Wicked Creek
Going back down, there's magnificent views going and coming on this trail!!

August 16, 2019

                                                                                                                                    June 28, 2018

Land of Yankee Fork, Challis, Idaho
      This is one of our top 5 rides in the USA. It has lakes to the west, 50 inch trail, and regular trails, mountain climbing, old mining camps, water crossings and this year a lot of snow on top!
We camp right in town and ride to the trail heads. The Land of Yankee Fork State Park Visitor center has information on hand and map of Bayhorse trail. You could probably get a MVUM from Salmon Challis National Forest.

Bay Horse area

Ramshorn snow drift


  We rode to the north, where there was a nice lake, easy to reach, further down the rocky, slow going trail, the kind you think your the only ones out there, we came to another lake, and of course there were 4 rigs at the end!!
Volcano edge

This is the trail

We rode over to Bay Horse Trail, up the mountains to the old mining building, sample cores and more. We drove thru valleys, creeks and to the top of Ramshorn Mountain, cold and large snow drifts remaining.  Challis is in the bottom of a volcano crater, and the hills you ride on is the rock that was blown out.  Of course erosion has taken place in the last 20 million years.
                                                                                                                                      July 13, 2019

Nemo, SD. Black Hills

    We brought our friends to the Black Hills to ride in the pines.  We boondocked since the Boxelder Forks campground was closed from flooding.  This has been the rainiest we've seen in 22 years.
Boondocking camp site
We downloaded the Motor Vehicle Use Map from the Forest Service, so I could plan the loops we wanted to take.

   Day one, we staged from Piedmont, SD.  This trail connects with the Nemo area.  It is a fun trail with a rise in elevation, with great views. There is a nice Memorial, trail 8272.  We continued up to the top, choosing some looped trails.  We took 8089, which is the Centennial Trail, for ORV and horses . This was very wet, but official opened by Forest Service.

Cave view
Day Two we rode out of Nemo, heading southwest to Pilot Knob, going across the road on trail 6307, a area we'd never rode in.  We rode to the large cave in of ground on trail 8284.(44.189440  -103.4148200) This interesting area is not marked, but you will turn left after a mile, turning up hill.  There is a cave in the ground on 8282 to the north, blocked off by a steel gate.  And don't forget to stop at the American Flag, on top of the huge sandstone bluff on trail 8276.  We also rode to Dalton Lake, not the best lake, but it's fun to explore new country.

Jerry, Heidi, Geri, Larry, Sandy, Tom

  You could stay 4 days easy and ride.

                                                                                                        September 19, 2018

Jarbridge, Nv.

   This is quite an interesting area, like going back in time. It is so far north in Nevada, it's almost in Idaho! They actually go by Idaho time.  From the main highway . at Elko, you go west on NV225, for 75 miles. (More info is on Rider on a paved road. We camped at the larger Forest Service Big Cottonwood campground.  Then we drove our ATV's on the gravel roads in the area an to Jarbridge. It is a small town with many services you might need. This was a gold mining town in the 1900s.  After getting the tour, and speaking to the locals, 
Main Street of Jarbridge
We headed south, thru town, up out of the valley to the top of the mountain. . Once on top, there were several roads and trails to choose from. This is Big country

This is about right!!

Big country

Jawbridge has gas, groceries, a post office, Bed and Breakfast, campground and a pay phone booth.