The Hardscrabble OHV trails are located in Washington County Utah adjacent to the town of Enterprise approximately 309 southwest of Salt Lake City Utah. There is plenty of good parking around town. We liked the park near the elementary school. We rode approximately 28 miles of trails and gravel roads but there is a lot more in this trail system. It will take you most of a day to explore this system and it is well worth the trip. There are no services so stock up on anything you need before leaving Enterprise. This is a great place to get away and enjoy some solitude while exploring a seldom seen part of Utah. The riding is pleasant and scenic, trails vary from easy to rough but not particularly difficult.
- Directions From the North
- Directions from the South
- Facilities: You start out in the town of Enterprise.
- You may encounter Gates, Leave them as you find them.
- OHVs: All sizes. No width limits. ATV’s, MC’s, UTV’s, 4x4s on most trails. Near the top trails, narrow overgrowth may damage larger vehicles. A few gates seem quite narrow and our Ranger didn’t have a lot of room to spare.
- Signing: Most Trails have adequate signage
- 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 – Hardscrabble Trail
Would you like to see the Hardscrabble 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. Link to 3D flyover.
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.
Where the pavement ends.
For you 50″- folks there is the Ox Valley OHV trail that begins here.
To the left if FR356. We’ll follow it out to the end and return here.
The end …well of this little dead-end. Nice View.
That is our hard left to get on FR855.
We want to stay on FR855 to the left.
If you noticed our gravel road has become significantly more trail-like.
Sticking to FR855 we hang another left.
That is the Shinbone trail to the left. We are going through the gate. Remember to leave them as you find them.
This was a tight fit, I’m not sure rigs much larger than our Ranger are getting past this gate.
This is the Blue Springs Hiking trail if you are up for a walk.
This is a bit of a difficult section. It cuts through some clay formation that is sure to be a disaster in wet weather.
Another narrow gate, leave it as you find it.
Eventually, we climb up the backside of Big Mountain and pop out at the communications towers on top. We will hop on this well-graded road to the left and roll back toward Enterprise.
NOTE: We must ride a 1-mile section of HWY 18 before we can get back on dirt to finish this loop. If you are not street legal you may consider turning around here and heading back the way we came.
I’m not sure how far away these mountains are but they look WAY out there.
After 1 mile we hop back to dirt on FR355, from here we can loop back into Enterprise.
Terry’s Big Springs Ranch is straight ahead, we will hang a left here on FR1022 and then head west on FR778.
Next, we’ll take FR780 right back into town.
Keep bearing left on FR780
That is the road we left Enterprise on, we will follow it back to town.
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 Enterprise Valley Medical Clinic. 223 S 200 E St, Enterprise, UT 84725. Dial 911 for Emergencies.
Washington County Sheriff Dial 911 or 620 S, 5300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 656-6500
Utah Highway Patrol Dial 911