The General Route of the Trail
The Great Western Trail will eventually stretch from Canada to Mexico, going through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. In Utah, the trail is fairly well developed and marked throughout a number of National Forests, but it is not yet linked from the Arizona border to the Dixie National Forest.
The majority of the Great Western Trail is open to multiple use, so no matter if you are on a mountain bike, a horse, an ATV or your own two feet, you can use it to explore the natural wonders of the state.
Great Western Trail – Utah
Utah Dixie National Forest: About 125 miles, from the southwestern corner of the forest, south of Bryce Canyon National Park, northeast through the Escalante Mountains, skirting the southern edge of the Aquarius Plateau, and over the Boulder Mountains into the Fishlake National Forest.
Fishlake National Forest: From Torrey the trail goes about 75 miles north through the forest to the Border of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. At several points it crossed the Paiute ATV trail, so those who prefer motorized vehicles can ride more or less parallel to those who prefer bikes, feet, and horses.
In the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the Great Western Trail turns into the Adventure Highway and runs concurrently with Skyline Drive north to the Uinta National Forest.
In Uinta National Forest: From the southern border, the trail is 65 miles long, skirting Lone Peak & Timpanogos Wilderness areas, then along Strawberry Ridge to Spanish Fork Canyon.
Wasatch-Cache: From Albion Basin, the trail skirts the eastern face of the Wasatch Front (that is, the back of the front), occasionally crossing onto private lands. North of Ogden the trail joins UT-165, goes east on UT-101, then north into the forest again. It crosses the Idaho border just north of Beaver Mountain. The distance is roughly 150 miles.