There are a few trials in the New Canyon area that I enjoy and tend to ride when I get the chance. They can be accessed from New Canyon Road itself, but most often I find myself riding up from the Black Hill Area. Although not all that difficult, the climbs from the bottom are fairly steep in places, somewhat rocky, and can be tricky. They are also a quick ride to the top. New Canyon Reservoir
is a fun place to stop and can be good fishing at times. There are a couple of camp spots here as well if you are equipped to stay the night. New Canyon Road is quite easy to travel, but watch out for traffic which can sometimes come at you fast. There are a few different route options here, and you can be creative. This time I happened to be riding at black hill and decided to loop up the sheep trail and back down the saddle. Later I decided to go up the saddle and on to the Arapeen section of trail then continue on to skyline drive and back down Left Hand Fork, then down the sheep trail. The section of the Arapeen trail mapped here has been recently improved and restricted to vehicles under 50". There use to be a fairly gnarly section that was hard to climb, now there are more switchbacks carved to make the going easier. I miss the gnarly section, but this is still a fun section worth doing and it's a convenient way to get to the top fast. This section is probably the easiest now with only a couple somewhat loose/rocky sections. The loose rocky sections can be frustrating for beginners so be careful who you take on these trails. Left Hand Fork, New Canyon, Ephraim Canyon RD, and Skyline are all fairly easy, while the sheep trail and saddle are intermediate with Arapeen in the middle as far as difficulty.
- Distance Traveled: About 35 miles
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Best Time To Ride: Summer
- Time To Complete: 4 to 5 Hours depending on routes taken
- Type: ATV double track and jeep trails
- Elevation: Min 5,600. Max 10,200
- Location: East of Ephraim (see map) click for Directions to Ephraim from your location, see the map below for route information.
Key GPS Points
- Saddle Trail: 39.374151,-111.542661
- Sheep Trail: 39.3811,-111.533461
- Arapeen Spur: 39.35677, -111.506645
- Intersect Left Hand Fork: 39.351334, -111.47488
- New Canyon Reservoir: 39.363651,-111.460944
|Printable Trail Map|
|Arapeen Trail Spur|
There are more trails in this area than shown on the map although the main routes are shown. Spurs can be taken to add distance although many will dead end. There are many trails beyond this area as well and many places to camp. If you plan to camp going higher in the mountain is the best option as there are many more options and cooler temps for summer camping. There is also camping in New Canyon, but none near Black Hill.
|Begin 50" width restriction Arapeen Spur|
|Rough Section, Route To Skyline|
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