In between Salt Lake and Wendover
Sand Dunes, Huge Mud Flats, Desert Trails, Mountain Trails
1 Hour 15 Minutes west of Salt Lake City
Depends on how long you want to spend
6$ Use Fee per Car
None. Pack in your own
Open year round
No shade. Plan accordingly.
Open area. Many trails
Outhouses at each camping area
Bring your own meals and snacks
ATV, dirt bike, 4x4 vehichle
Trailhead: 40.670687°, -113.284991°
Trailhead: Knolls Exit on I-80 West of Salt Lake City toward Wendover.
Take I-80 west from Salt Lake City towards wendover. The Knolls has its own exit and is 82 Miles from Salt Lake City. The exit is very well signed and impossible to miss.
Once off the freeway the road in is a very well maintained gravel road suitable for all vehicles.
Make sure and stop at the self service pay station. Bring cash to pay the 6$ per car. Be honest because the BLM has been known to give tickets to people who don’t pay and the money is used to help keep this amazing place open.
There are several very large open camping areas with outhouses. They all look like this.
Park anywhere and set up camp if you plan on staying.
There are literally thousands and thousands of acres of truck and OHV riding areas. I have spent a ton of time here camping, and riding ATV’s and Dirt Bikes. It has several different terrains that make for a very fun day or two. Be sure to stay in the fenced areas. South of the Knolls is a military bombing range. The fences are there for a reason. I have been here when jets are dropping bombs. Its very cool but is very obvious why you cant ride to the dunes in the bomb range however tempting they may be. Trespassing would be accompanied by a VERY large fine and more than likely an arrest.
The main areas of riding are the dunes, mud flats, mountain trails, and desert trails with lots of whoops.
There are two large dune areas along with lots of smaller ones. There are some very busily used dunes directly west of the camping areas. My favorite area is the dunes to the East. Its a bit of a ride to get to them but is well worth it as the hills are bigger and I very rarely see other people out there. Paddle tires are not necessary here as it would severely limit your ability to ride the other terrains. The sand is quite soft in some places but for the most part normal tires can get you most places. Here are what the main dunes look like.
There are tons of mountain trails here that explore around the actual Knolls the area is named for. Most can be traversed by experienced riders but I wouldn’t recommend taking new riders here while there are so many easier places to ride. This is however some of my favorite areas to ride.
The mud flats here comprise the biggest areas. You can literally ride at full speed for hours and not cover them all. It is a fun area to race and go really fast and is a good place to train new riders as well. There are some cool hidden gems that can be found in different areas of the flats. Its up to you to find them. The ones I have found are Wood Cove, Penny Post, and Jeep Cove.
Here are a few other picture I have taken of some adventures at Knolls.
Here is a short video showing the different terrains you can plan on encountering while at knolls.
I have been going to Knolls since I was 10 years old. Its been a favorite of mine for years. Its a great place to go for an overnight camp or a day trip. There is plenty of room for large parties and there is nothing you could burn so is a fun place to have fires. The stars are also a good part of camping out as it is very far from any city. It is accessible year round because there is very little snow. I recommend the Knolls to anyone of any skill level looking for a fun place to ride or camp.