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Arapeen ATV Trail – Manti Canyon and Milky Falls
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Overview
Location

Manti, Utah

Sights

Beautiful Mountains, Milky Falls

Parking Lot Elevation

5,700

Summit Elevation

10,500

Time Required

2-8 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

There is water available to purify or bring plenty along to drink

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

This trail ranges from graded gravel roads to very rough 4x4 required doubletrack ATV trails

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

GPS Coordinates:

Trail Head:39.25766N, 111.62513W
Manti Campground:39.25491N, 111.54090W
Milky Falls:39.24335N, 111.52211W

The Trail:

The Arapeen Trail is an amazing trail system in Central Utah. The system covers all over the beautiful Wasatch Plateau from Mt. Pleasant to Mayfield. There are also access roads on the eastern side of the mountain. The biggest cities in the area are Ephraim, and Manti. The centerpiece of the trail is Skyline Drive. It is the longest road in the United States that stays above 10,000 feet. This road is accessible by any 4×4 vehicle and is really beautiful. There are hundreds of miles of trails with lots specifically for ATV’s. There are 3 types of trails here. Open to all vehicles, ATV/UTV, and ATV only. The ATV only trails are restricted at 50 inches. This means no side by sides. Please respect these restrictions. There are lots of people looking for reasons to close trails so lets not give them any excuses to do it. There are plenty of side by side accessible trails. This is a vast area with many junctions so you will want to get a decent map. They were free in town and went into decent depth. Most trails are very well signed. Its pretty hard to tell you what exactly you should ride so I can tell you what we did and what we liked on our visit but there are many options you can do on your visit. So look over the map and go out on an amazing adventure! This is such a great trail system. Most of this trail is accessible by 4×4 and UTV but there are two exceptions. The Patton Trail, and Trail 0054 have a 50 inch width restriction. (If you are on ATV’s both are awesome trails) There is one National Forest Campground in the canyon as well as dispersed camping throughout. We found a great spot that even had a tiny waterfall and was right on Cottonwood Creek.

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The canyon will eventually meet Skyline Drive. We had explored much of that road another day so we decided to try several side trails. The Patton Trail was close to where we camped and was a lot of fun with good views of the forest and surrounding mountains. This trail is not for beginners.

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Be sure to look for signs for Milky Falls. This was a really cool and unexpected area. It was well signed but was not on the map so it was a good surprise. Its a very short walk to a view of the falls. Photos don’t do any justice to how big it is. I would guess the water cascades for at least 150 feet. You can’t get the entire plunge in one photo. You can spot two of us exploring by the fall.

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Here is a low quality cell phone video of the falls that shows you how high up the hill they go.

Staying on the main road in Manti Canyon you will get great views of the Wasatch Plateau.

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My favorite trail by far in this area was trail 37. It had several small water crossings.

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Small mud holes.

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And several areas with rutted out roads and rocks to add to the fun.

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We had to cross a few downed logs from recent winds.

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The top of the trail the forest opened up and gave awesome views in every direction!

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Personal Thoughts:

I thought this was a great area to spend a day exploring. You could easily spend several days riding to different trails from this canyon. I thought it was fun just trying new roads with no knowledge of what we would find. Be sure to also check out this other ride on the Arapeen Trail! Six Mile Canyon

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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