Salt Creek, and Wyoming Ranges, Pretty rivers, forest
Varies by ride
Mostly very easy roads or trails. 90 percent of the area is suitable for beginner riders
At all the established campgrounds and guard stations
There are many different options to ride here. The best way by far is to pick up a Forest Service Map in Alpine. There are less detailed free versions that I found sufficient. I use the trail numbers with topo maps on my phone to find where I want to go. Make sure you get a map. We were checked by a ranger twice on this trip and it would be easy to get caught in an area you didn’t know was not open. It happened to us. Haha. You can also purchase more detailed maps if you need. For the most part the map was accurate and the trails were mostly well marked.
The Greys River Road is a well graded dirt road that can even be done by most cars. The area is amazing and just the main road itself is worth a visit. The best way to experience this area is to camp up the road close to alpine and ride OHV’s up the road and explore the side trails as you go. Be aware that this road can be VERY dusty. It is definitely best to give each other space and just enjoy the scenery. There is a 35 MPH speed limit on the main road and is enforced. There were rangers everywhere. You must make sure you purchase an out of state Wyoming sticker for your ATV. We were checked twice and the 15 dollar sticker is much better than a pricy ticket and possible impound. We found the rangers to be friendly and helpful so long as you follow the speed limits and have your permit. This is just an overview of trails we tried and enjoyed. There is quite a bit in the area. The best way is to get a map and choose your own adventure. We found a great free campsite right on the river about ten miles out of Alpine. It was beautiful. There are also several established paid campgrounds. This is a great place to visit in summer because it isn’t crazy hot in the day and gets nice and cool at night which is perfect for a good campfire.
Driving up the main Greys road is very pretty. The river runs down the middle of two mountain ranges. The Salt River Range to the west, and the Wyoming Range to the East. I have friends who have tubed this river. We didn’t try it but its another great activity to any trip.
I will refer to the trail number on the forest service map to give you an idea of the good areas. I will start with the trails closest to Alpine. Trail 3183 is a great 50 inch max trail that does not open until July 7th so we were not able to try it. We visited on the last week of June. One member of our group did it later in the year and said it was great. Next up is the Little Grey’s River Road. We took this all the way to the Guard Station. It is very scenic and very easy and would be a great ride for families. With the exception of a few spots most of the area is very easy but Little Grey’s is just a graded dirt road. I did not take any photos on this road. Just after the Murphy Creek Campground is the Murphy Creek Road. It is trail 10002. This is a mostly easy and very scenic trail. Round trip it takes about an hour. Maybe more if you take lots of pictures like me. There is one spot in particular where a mountain looks just like a pyramid. I have never seen something quite like it.
Next up on the east side of the road is trail 10005. This is called Deadman Creek. There is a slightly more advanced and fun short side trail #10146. At the top end of the trail is the Vail Mine. There are a few old buildings and a large ore bin. We did not explore for actual adits but its a very good chance that they are blocked with such high traffic in the area. This entire trail is also about an hour round trip.
Just past the turn for Deadman Creek is the Blind Bull Creek Trail. It is #10123. This trail takes you through very pretty forest and up to a small lake called Blind Bull Lake, and old mine area with no remains left. The lake is a popular place to see Moose. This trail is easy and beautiful all the way and climbs quite a bit. Take about 60-90 minutes to explore this one.
Next up is a more challenging 50 inch or less trail. It starts as #10140 to the Meadows Guard Station and then turns to trail #3081 up through some pretty flowery meadows. We spent about 45 minutes on this one. In the spring there was a large creek crossing with water well over the foot boards so be aware if that would make anyone nervous.
Next up was trail 10256. This was my favorite trail for scenery as it climbs very high up with great views of the main ridge of the Salt River Range. It is a moderate road never requiring 4×4. Plan on an hour or two for this one.
The last trail we did on our two days of riding was another 50 inch or less trail that begins right by the last one. You start on trail 10214 and then take 10255 for the ATV only trail. This one was moderately difficult with logs and rocks to traverse. It took us to a great view of some more peaks in the Salt Creek Range. This was the most fun trail to ride that we tried. Plan on 60-90 minutes for this one as well.
This was a fun trip. This one is definitely more about scenery and relaxing than it is about challenging riding but I love both varieties so I had a lot of fun. The weather was also great and I loved how much it cooled off in the evenings. This really would be a great place for families that just wanna have some fun and easy rides together with little stress.