1. Northern Outdoors (West Forks ME)
An ATV vacation resort with it’s own brewery!
With easy access to 1,000s of miles of ATV trails through beautiful Maine wilderness, this is definitely one to add to your list. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a moose. Maine has the largest moose population in the continental 48 , with about 60,000 moose, so the odds are in your favor.
This is a full service ATV resort with condos, cabins and camping. They have their own popular micro brewery, plus a full-service restaurant.
Kids will love the pool and games while adults will enjoy a relaxing post ride soak in the hot tub.
But, one of the best things about Northern outdoors is that ATV trail riding isn’t your only option, the resort is also great for white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.
They rent ATVs onsite as well as snowmobiles, plus they run their own white water rafting trips all from the resort. If you’re looking for guided tour options, they offer those as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Dirt bikes are not permitted at Northern Outdoors due to landowner restrictions on local area trails.
2. Glamis North Hot Springs (Niland CA)
Escape winter: hot springs, desert trails, plus Glamis Sand Dunes!
If you’re looking to escape the snow and cold weather, then this is the perfect place.
With temperatures well north of 110 in the summer, this resort doesn’t even open until the Fall. It’s open from mid October – mid April.
A full rental fleet of RZRs is available onsite with advanced online booking available. RZRs come preprogramed with GPS self guided tours to local landmarks, so you don’t get lost. Rates start at $435 for a 2 hour trip and go up from there.
Glamis North has well over 200 RV spaces with full hook ups. Like most campgrounds, they have standard sized camping sites, but they also offer super sized sites for big rigs or folks who simply want a bit more room.
They call these super sized campsites their “X sites” – X sites range from L to XXXL. Snob Hill has the largest sites (XXXL) at approx. 120′ x 55′ with views of the mountains and are perfect for catching the stunning sunsets.
Cabins and cottages are also available for rent. Rentals range in size from studios to multi bedrooms / multi bath units that can accommodate larger groups.
Rentals vary in amenities, but most include a furnished kitchenette or kitchen, bathrooms, dining area, living room seating, TV and internet. Everything you need for a comfortable stay.
One thing you need to be aware of is that you do need to provide your own bedding and towels.
Sassy’s Café, an onsite restaurant, is open for breakfast and dinner on Friday – Sunday and Holidays.
This ATV resort isn’t part of the Glamis Sand Dunes, but you can ride to the dunes from the resort, although it is a bit of a haul at 50+ miles.
However, with all the great riding available in the surrounding desert, you may just decide to put Glamis on the backburner for another trip.
Roads and trails are extensive throughout the region, so you’ll have no difficulty finding great riding. Just pick a direction and head on out.
Bat caves, Red Canyon, historic miner cabins, old mangled railroad tracks and Glamis Sand Dunes offer plenty of riding adventure.
After a day of hard riding, enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the 2 large mineral hot springs pools or 14 hot tubs. One great feature of these mineral rich hot springs is that they don’t have that strong sulfur smell like some other hot springs.
3. Ticaboo Lodge (North Lake Powell – Ticaboo UT)
Some of the best back country travel that Utah has to offer!
This remote ATV vacation resort is located in the red sands of the Utah desert. Ticaboo Lodge is surrounded by BLM land with trails starting right next to the lodge, so you can ride directly from the lodge.
This is wide open desert with miles of county and BLM trails. You’ll find lots of off roading adventure – from hill top mesas to canyons and vast desert.
They offer 2/4/6/8 hour rentals as well as guided tours. Rentals are done from the Adventure Center outfitter store, aka, Base Camp.
Rates start at $125 for 2 hours. Check rates
Technically it’s possible to off road year round at Ticaboo, but avoid the summers as it does get scorching hot.
Fall, from late September through early November, is about perfect.
It does snow at Lake Powell, although it doesn’t stick around long. If you don’t mind the cold, bundle up for a winter ride when a light dusting of snow blankets the beautiful red hills and surrounding deserts.
Ticaboo Lodge hosted it’s first off road Rally in October 2019 and it’s still going strong.
But ATVing isn’t all this lodge has to offer. Located just 10 miles from the shores of Lake Powell, Ticaboo is also the perfect location for planning some big lake adventure. The lodge rents party barges, ski boats, fishing boats, sea doos, wake boards, skis, tubes, SUPs and kayaks.
The surrounding red rocks canyons also provide ample opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, camping, photography, canyoneering, rock hounding and discovering historic petroglyphs.
4. High Country Lodge (Big Horn Mountains – Lovell WY)
This is wide open nature – Wyoming at it’s best!
I love Wyoming, so it was inevitable that I would have to include a Wyoming destination. During the summer season, tourists flood the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, but the Big Horn Mountains don’t have that crazy tourist vibe.
The mountains still get a fair amount of use, but it’s a big area, so it never really seems busy.
There aren’t a lot of amenities, but that actually works in it’s favor!
Less amenities = less crowds!
There are three main places to stay the night, all with their own restaurants – High Country Lodge, Elk View Inn and Bear Lodge Resort.
Of these three, High Country Lodge offers up the best overall experience – better location, better rooms, better food. (although I had a pretty respectable cheeseburger at Bear Lodge Resort on my last adventure)
High Country Lodge is tucked away in the mountains with the road accessible by car from about mid May to the end of November. The resort can arrange a pick up for you when the roads are closed or you can snowmobile to the lodge.
This area gets epic snow and also offers up world class snowmobiling, so keep that in mind for future adventures.
High Country Lodge recently started offering daily SxS rentals. Their rental fleet consists of two, 2 person Polaris RZR 900s, a 2 person and a 6 passenger Yahama Viking.
- 2 passenger vehicles: $300 per day
- 3 passenger Viking: $350 per day
- 6 passenger Viking: $400 per day
If you bring your own ATV, the Big Horn area offers up a world of off roading possibilities. The Elk View Inn (also a full full service ATV resort) is less than 20 minutes away and rents ATVs and SxS for half and full days.
Check out all these trails:
5. Ramada by Wyndam (Hancock MI)
Yooper ATV paradise with hundreds of miles of coastline!
Featuring a beautiful location directly on the waterfront in Hancock MI right next to the bridge, this convenient location makes it an excellent jumping off point for exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Most people probably don’t think of Ramada Hotels as an ATV resort, but this one checks all the boxes.
It offers up all the amenities you would expect from a Ramada – airport shuttle, complementary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, laundry facilities, on site restaurant and lounge, combined with convenient ATV rentals and excellent trail access.
Plus, if you don’t want to eat on site, the central location also makes it easy to get around town to experience the local restaurants.
There is also an ATV/UTV rental shop directly across the street if you’d like to set up your own rental: MM Power Sports
The Upper Michigan Peninsula boasts some of the best ATVing in the US and the Keweenaw Peninsula is no exception. Renowned for it’s rugged remoteness and miles of Lake Superior coastline, the peninsula extends 125 miles.
There is an ORV route that starts next door from the Ramada Hotel. The trail initially takes you on a paved sidewalk through town where it connects with the off roading trail.
This trail is a combination of the Hancock-Calumet section and the Keweenaw section for a combined 64 miles (one way).
This ATV trail runs through the middle of the peninsula, goes all the way up to Copper Harbor and ends with a beautiful overlook of Lake Superior. Most of this trail is a converted railroad route with some hard packed dirt/rock sections. It’s primarily forested with some scenic Lake Superior views.
In the Copper Harbor area, some local ATV clubs have put together an additional 66 miles of club sponsored trails. These club trails are on private land and most restrict unlicensed motorcycles due to land owner requests.
This route has easy access to gas, food and overnight accommodations if desired.
Check out the maps, see a few pictures of the route, plus there is also a link to a pdf that will open up a larger view of the map sections:
Across the bridge in Houghton MI, you can also travel south on the Bill Nichols ORV Route, a 40 mile off roading route that travels south through the Keweenaw pennisula.
It is illegal to drive your ATV across the bridge without a police escort, but these towns are very ATV friendly, so they make it easy to set up an escort.
Officers will provide ATV/UTV escorts seven days a week, provided they are not on a call, at these times:
- 9:15 a.m.
- 1:15 p.m.
- 6:15 p.m
6. Mystic Hills Hideaway (Deadwood SD)
Off roading is a way of life in the hills!
Located just outside of Deadwood SD, this year round ATV resort has everything you need to easily plan your next ATV adventure – ATV/UTV rentals, guided tours, cabins, a campground and an on-site restaurant.
You can just hop on your ATV and go, Mystic Hills Hideaway has direct trail access into the Black Hills National Forest. Plus, they also rent snowmobiles making this a fun winter destination.
Tucked into the hills of South Dakota, the town of Deadwood is a town full of American history and well worth a visit. Deadwood is an old gold rush town established in 1876 which has done an excellent job of preserving it’s western vibe and history.
The main street still has some of its original brick and wood facades which now house small gambling establishments, hotels and restaurants.
But even if you don’t gamble or ATV, this part of the country is full of natural beauty and wildlife and well worth a visit.
The Black Hills National Forest is the perfect destination for your next ATV trip.
There are over 700 miles of OHV trails, some of which connect to an additional 500 miles of forest service roads open to both OHVs and other vehicles.
There are trails for all skill sets, loop routes and 21 designated motorized trailheads for easy access.
Check out all these trails: Black Hills National Forest ATV Trails (US Forest Website)
7. Harpole’s Heartland Lodge (Nebo, IL)
Midwest outdoor destination resort!
Located in the rolling hills of Illinois, this resort has a lot to offer in addition to ATVing – a pistol range, hunting, fishing ponds, horse riding, Morel Mushroom hunting, a sporting clay course and searching for naturally shed deer antlers.
They also offer home-cooked meals plus ATV and RZR rentals which make it super easy to get out of town and onto the trails.
There are two ATV parks with a variety of terrain and trails including the advanced terrain of the Timbers area which is open to skilled UTV riders only (no ATVs allowed).
The original ATV park is now connected to a whole new section of riding opportunities in what is called the new ATV park. Not only are the riding areas connected, but the trails also connect all the lodging options.
This ATV resort has some pretty upscale lodging options. They have three large lodges that can accommodate 1 – 28 guests. There are also four cabins available for smaller groups of 1 – 4 people. You can book a whole lodge or cabin for a group, but single room rentals are also available.
The older park section offers more challenging riding including the Timbers area, but outside of this area there are some beginner level trails.
The new section includes riding for all skill levels with a more open riding area and another area with some scenic views of the Mississippi river bottoms.
With about 60 miles of OHV trails divided almost evenly between the two separate riding areas, you’ll find plenty of trails to keep you busy. There’s even some mud holes for riders who like to mix it up. Most trails are wide enough for UTVs/SxS.
The two ATV parks are open almost year round with some short seasonal closures to accommodate hunting season.
Heartland Resort is also a full service hunting resort offering outfitting and guides. Whitetail Deer, quail, pheasant, turkey and waterfowl are plentiful in this region, so this resort is well situated to offer an excellent hunting opportunity.
8. Twin Hollow Campground & Cabins (Gilbert WV)
Ultimate off roading destination on the Hatfield McCoy Trail System!
Put this one on your bucket list.
Twin Hollow is one of the best ATV vacation resorts in the country, serving one of the best off-roading trail systems in the US – the Hatfield McCoy Trail.
In addition to 11 cabins, they also have a campground with full hookups. They also offer ATV/SxS rentals, trail guides and a BBQ restaurant on-site.
After a rough day on the trail, what could be better than a hot shower and a comfortable bed? Rent one of their fully equipped cabins for an easy comfortable stay.
The cabins are smallish and rustic, but they have everything you need for a great stay – heat, a fully outfitted kitchen, linens, Direct TV, a charcoal grill, comfy beds and your own bathroom. They also have plenty of parking for your trailer and toys.
The Hatfield McCoy Trails have 700 miles of professionally maintained trails spread across 8 towns (soon to be 9). The 8 sections each have their own name, rules, amenities and trail difficulty breakdown.
Check Out: Trail Difficulty By Section
Twin Hollows offers direct access to 3 sections of this trail system: The Rock House, Devil Anse and Buffalo Mountain Trail System. This means you can drive right from the resort to 300 miles of ATV trails without having to trailer.
The remaining sections are a short trailer haul away allowing you complete access to all the Hatfield McCoy Trails.
Check out the Appalachian ATVenture Festival, a 5 day ATV event held on the Hatfield McCoy Trails to help support a summer feeding program for WV children in need.
The website for this campground is a bit rough, but don’t let that put you off. It’s straight up legit!
9. Saratoga Hot Springs Resort (Saratoga WY)
High end luxury resort with a spa & natural mineral hot springs!
This resort offers deluxe amenities in wild Wyoming. With a full service spa, natural mineral hot springs and an on-site pub/brewery with an outdoor Biergarten, this is definitely not your typical roughing it ATV resort.
Saratoga Hot Springs Resort is located close to Wyoming Highway 130 which is part of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. This southern Wyoming scenic road includes the 29 miles of road that passes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
This road is all Wyoming – remote, uncrowded, sharp mountain peaks, rugged wilderness. Harsh, but beautiful. The scenic byway closes for the winter in mid November, but the resort is open year round and can be accessed by other main roads.
Rent an ATV and explore the miles of trails available in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest. There are plenty of ATV trails and dirt roads available for all skill sets. The front desk has maps available to get you on your way.
But ATVing is just one of the many fun activities available at this resort, they also offer golf, trout fishing, horse back riding, river floats, hiking, mountain biking, Jeep adventures, scenic drives, wildlife and bird watching.
10. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort (Sevier UT)
Ride one of the best ATV trails in the US – the Paiute Trail!
Big Rock Candy Mountain is the perfect ATV vacation resort for exploring the famous Paiute ATV Trail.
They have several different lodging accommodations including cabins, inn suites and caboose village which consists of 12 railroad cars fully converted to cute little cabins.
There is also a 34 site RV park with full hook ups, showers and free laundry.
This large resort also has a gas station, convenience store and an on-site restaurant, the Big Rock Grill & Smokehouse.
Although this resort doesn’t have ATV rentals available on-site, they make renting an ATV easy.
You can rent an ATV, RZR or SxS on their website and have it delivered right to you at the resort. No trailer necessary.
This resort also offers direct easy access to the Paiute Trail, it has two bridges that allow you to drive directly from your room/RV to the trail.
Check out a map of the resort and trail access bridges here: Property Map
Much like the Hatfield McCoy Trails in West Virginia, the Paiute ATV Trail is also widely regarded as one of the top 5 ATV trail systems in the US. The Paiute Trail has one main 280 mile loop with 2,600 miles of additional trails and roads.
You could spend a lifetime happily riding the Paiute and never tire of the beautiful scenery that Utah has to offer.
Town of Marysvale UT Paiute Trail Guide