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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Cricket Mountains OHV Trails near Delta, Utah

Heading for the Hills
Heading for the Hills

Easy Riding
Easy Riding

Cedar Pass Trailhead
Cedar Pass Trailhead

Well Marked Trails
Well Marked Trails

Plan a long weekend to explore all the ATV trails the Cricket Mountains have to offer. From ridge tops to valley bottoms, ranchland to old mines, there is plenty to see when exploring the 129 miles of trails. Great views abound at every turn. Numerous loop opportunities exist from 12.5 miles in length to 60 miles or more. Trails are open to all OHV users from motorcycles to Jeeps. Junctions are clearly marked allowing easy navigation of the trail system. Bring your GPS, too, as coordinates are listed at all trail junctions. Trails are rated from easiest (solid green circle) to more difficult (solid blue square). This is a safe place to bring the family and beginners as there are no diamond or double diamond trails. Keep an eye out while you ride through the pinion and juniper as eagles, antelope, and other wildlife abound. Elevations range from 4,750 to 6,200 feet. Bring warm clothes in the winter and plenty of drinking water in the summer. The area is open year-round, depending on snow. Please note: There are no restrooms at the trailheads.

A trail map is available at: Map

Camping: Camping is available anywhere on BLM lands.
Parking is limited at the trailheads for RVs. The easy trails (roads) from the staging areas are suitable for most RV travel. Travel farther up the road to find suitable RV camping.

If you have a larger utility ATV with racks or a UTV, skip camping in the staging area. Load up your ride with your tent and supplies, then head for them thar hills. There you will find private campsites with superb views, firewood and the beauty of God’s creation all around you. Full service campgrounds are available in Delta and Milford.

Getting There:

From Delta, Utah; travel south on Hwy 257 to one of four trailheads.

Johnson Pass Trailhead - Turn west near milepost 53 and travel 9.7 miles to the trailhead.

Little Sage Valley Trailhead - Turn west near milepost 39 and travel 6.6 miles to the trailhead.

Cedar Pass Trailhead - Turn west near milepost 28 and travel 1.9 miles to the trailhead.

Headlight Canyon Trailhead - Turn west near milepost 23 and travel 2.4 miles to the trailhead.

Services:  Food, lodging, and fuel are available in Delta.

The nearest major city with full services is Nephi, UT.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Do not harass livestock
  • Leave all gates as you find them. If they are open, leave opened. If closed, leave closed after crossing through.
  • Stay on trails when passing through private land. (Sections of  Routes 1 & 6)
  • Utah State Law requires that all OHVs have a spark arrestor
  • All operators and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet
  • No littering! Pack it in, pack it out
  • Do not disturb wildlife
  • Check with the BLM for fire restrictions. The area is arid and subject to fires year-round.

For Additional Information:

Bureau of Land Management
Fillmore Field Office
35 East 500 North
Fillmore, Utah 84631
Phone: (435) 743-3100
Fax: (435) 743-3135

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.

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