Knolls is home to nearly 36,000 acres of sand dunes, hills, and mud flats. It's close proximity to Salt Lake City makes it a very popular destination. Knolls is located 80 miles West of Salt Lake along I-80 before reaching the Bonneville Salt Flats. It is pretty easy to find once you get close, just follow the signs taking exit 41. Clicking this link will take you there from your location using google.
Ever since hearing of Aron Ralston and his hike down this canyon where he became trapped by a dislodged boulder for 127 hours only to escape by cutting off his own arm with a dull multi-tool we've known we had to do this hike. Thirteen years later we finally did. I am unsure of the route Ralston originally took to get to the actual Blue John Slot canyon, but we ultimately decided to hike down the west fork.
One of my favorite trails, but I often find myself asking why. It is difficult and should challenge most who attempt it. This video is from my second time riding the trail and it wasn't any easier the second time. We had a pretty large group this time and we were to run the Red Trail first as a warm up.
Eardly Canyon has been on our radar since we hiked to the pool last year and it did not disappoint. It is near where we like to camp and ride so it can be a fun diversion from the riding. The hike to the pool and back is a leisurely 2 mile walk to the bottom pool known as Eardly Pool and back to the truck. The canyon hike we did this year added a long steep climb up
This riding area just outside of Mountain View Wyoming, commonly referred to as the badlands is a favorite of ours for sure. The terrain is very similar to Caineville Utah but at nearly 7,000 feet in elevation the temperature is normally around 10 degrees cooler than Utah valley locations, and it's much closer for us.
Eardly Pool is yet another great hike in the San Rafael Swell. My brother in law told me about this hike after he took a group of scouts there and it turned out to be just perfect for a short afternoon hike after our Behind The Reef ride in the morning.
For President's Day Weekend we decided to try a new area that a friend of mine had suggested. He had taken a group of Boy Scouts out here before and they had a blast hiking around on the rocks. It is close to our home and being that it is fairly low in elevation and in a sandy, desert type climate it worked out great for this early short trip.
This was one of those rides that just kind of came together as I was exploring the area near Ten Mile Canyon. We were camped at White Wash Sand Dunes as we often do, and I set out by heading SW up the wash to the Kid’s East Trail that exits the wash. The route I took was an awesome ride, although kind of pieced together from a number of trails.
The Poison Spider Trail in Moab is one of the “must do” trails in the area. It’s not overly difficult and yet maintains a good tempo and doesn’t get too boring with a good amount of obstacles to entertain. You will see others on this trail as it is popular with jeeps and mountain bikers as well as dirt bikers.
The Kane Creek Trail in Moab is somewhat unique with its many river crossings as it travels through the scenic high walled canyon. The creek can get quite deep at times and in certain places, but most of the time the depth is very manageable. Even though there were some deep pools
Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon in the San Rafael Swell is one of the most popular slot canyon hikes in Utah, and for good reason. The trail head is easily accessible and within a relatively short distance from the trail head the canyon narrows and the adventure begins.
The Cliffhanger, or as many call it the Amasa Back Trail, has been one of my favorites for a long time. I first rode this trail on a mountain bike, then in our rock buggy, and finally on a Dirt Bike. I still remember the first time riding it, stopping at an overlook and talking to some dirt bikers
This past Fall some friends and I drove North for a day ride near Mallad Idaho. This area had actually not seen a lot of snow yet and was a pretty short drive for us. Referred to as "The Oxfords" because it is near Oxford Peak, the trails are mainly double track and are fairly rock free
Caineville/Swingarm City, more commonly known as Factory Butte has been one of our all time favorite riding areas for our family over the years. Freedom to roam and ride over a variety of terrain along with the open camping areas and lack of fees and facilities allow a unique experience with riding for almost anyone.
During our trip to Caineville this year, we took a day off from riding to hike the Horseshoe Canyon Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This trail is relatively close to Caineville as well as the San Rafael Swell and can be visited easily in conjunction with one of these two riding areas. The major highlight of this hike are the numerous Indian pictographs that can be seen along the hike.