The Prospector trail system is located in Tooele County Utah and covers approximately 700 miles. For that reason, we picked one section to ride for the day. We chose to start at the OHV parking area and Prospector Trail Kiosk located on HWY 36 just on the south end of the town of Vernon at the Intersection of HWY 36 and Benmore Rd. We headed south past Vernon Reservoir and ended at another Prospector Trail system Kiosk in the Cherry Creek area within view of the Little Sahara Sand Dunes. It will take you all day to explore this area and it is well worth the trip. We covered over 65 miles. The trails follow well-maintained gravel roads so you can expect smooth, easy sailing for the entire trip.
- Directions From the North
- Directions from the South
- Facilities: None, but Vernon has the basics.
- OHVs: All sizes. No width limits. ATV’s, MC’s, UTV’s, 4x4s.
- Signing: Most Trails have adequate signage
- Maps: Available in Tooele at Steadmans Recreation
- KML File for Google Maps
- GPX File for your Garmin GPS or other Apps
We highly recommend you get GAIA GPS for your smartphone or tablet mobile device. GAIA GPS will allow you to download this trail complete with the photos you see here so you can be sure where you are at all times. Simply install the GAIA GPS app and save this trail from here: DOWNLOAD THIS TRAIL
Here is an embedded live link to GAIA GPS to allow you to explore the trail. Each of the blue markers indicates that a photo was taken at that location. To view the track and photos click here: GAIA GPS – Vernon-Cherry Creek
Would you like to see the Vernon-Cherry Creek Trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments.
Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel Free to tour around a bit inside Google Stree Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. While we didn’t have time to ride all of the trail we think you will find this fairly representative of what you will find. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.
On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View Blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.
You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.
There are no facilities here, just a large flat parking lot and a Kiosk with some trail information. Larger rigs will have plenty of room to unload and turn around here.
Staying to the left we will head toward Vernon Reservoir
Vernon Reservoir has some nice camping and fishing. There is also a vault Toilet here.
It won’t take you long to move up in elevation and the scrub brush turns to Pinion Pine trees and Juniper.
Here we are on the backside of Vernon Reservoir. Note the beach access in the fencing.
The majority of this trail is a good gravel road without technical challenges.
The trail splits here, hang left.
You can explore the trail to the right if you like.
When we encountered this gate we turned around.
This intersection appears on the Prospector Trails Map as a 3 way. As you can see it is a four-way intersection. Hopefully, that is fixed soon. Hang to the left and head towards Jericho-Callao Road.
There seems to be an unlimited number of trails leading off into the trees in this area.
When we encountered this Kiosk it seems like a good place to turn around and do a bit of exploring as we head back. From this location on the Jericho-Callao Rd it is just a short hop down to the north end of the Little Sahara Sand Dunes less than 1.5 miles dues south as the Crow flies.
Exploring further South and West, you are in clear sight of the Sand dunes now.
Such a great place to enjoy the wide open west. As you can see we only scratched the surface of the many many trails in this area. We’ll be back soon.
Here is a photo gallery of all of the Images we took along the way. Not necessarily in any order or sequence. Many are at trail intersections. You can see the photos and exactly where along the trail where taken: Click here for Photo Locations.
The closest medical help is Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi 31 miles south and east on Jericho-Callao Rd across HHY 6 to Rd 132. Dial 911 for Emergencies. 48 W 1500 N, Nephi, UT 84648 (435) 623-3000.
Juab County Sheriff Department Dial 911 or (435) 623-1349.
Tooele County Sheriff Department Dial 911 or (435) 882-5600
Utah Highway Patrol (435) 623-1018
BLM Office at Little Sahara Recreation area (435) 433-5960