The Cedar Mountain and East Fork snowmobile complexes are discussed here. They provide snowmobilers with extensive trails in southern Utah's famous color country. Located within a four-hour drive of the major population centers of Las Vegas and the Wasatch Front, these complexes are ideal snowmobile destinations.
Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex
Ample snow on the high mountain trails and winter access to some of America's most unique scenery, make this one of Utah's premier snowmobile complexes. This complex includes trails leading to the spectacular scenery of Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Below are some specific items of interest about the trails included in the Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex. Check with local U.S. Forest Service offices for trail guides and travel maps of ungroomed trails and other areas open to snowmobile use.
High Mountain Trail
This wide, well-groomed trail located high in the Cedar Mountains provides riders with excellent views into Cedar Breaks National Monument. Early American Indians once referred to this enormous red rock amphitheater as the circle of painted cliffs. This is a great trail for riders of all abilities and one of the most scenic in the complex.
Brian Head Trail
Running parallel to State Highway 143, the Brian Head Trail provides snowmobile access to the community of Brian Head and to the Brian Head Ski Area. High mountain views and vistas are everywhere along this trail as it approaches 11,000 feet in elevation. Several side loops and play areas are accessible via this trail.
Cedar Breaks Trail
The wide, well-groomed Cedar Breaks Trail is an ideal ride for snowmobilers wanting to experience the grandeur of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The trail enters the monument and provides winter access to many scenic overlooks. Easy access to this trail is through the Mammoth Summit Trailhead located just off Highway 143, and via the Midway Trailhead located adjacent to Highway 14.
The Duck Creek Trail connects the community of Duck Creek with the Midway Valley across the Markagunt Plateau. This trail is often bumpy due to the use patterns and local weather conditions, and is quite narrow throughout its length. Riders are encouraged to use caution on this trail. Several open play areas are available along the length of the plateau.
Sage Valley Trail
This narrow, tightly wooded trail takes riders through the aspen and mixed coniferous forests of southern Utah. Riders should exercise caution and slow down to avoid accidents along the trail and to fully absorb the magnificence of the forest environment. A steep section of trail is located near the junction with the Duck Creek Trail.
Navajo Lake Trail
The Navajo Lake Trail follows the southern shore of Navajo Lake, a natural lake formed when the valley was dammed at one end by a large lava flow. Remnants of the lava flow can still be seen today. No above ground outlet for this lake is known, however, a series of underground lava tubes drain the lake toward the Great Basin and the Pacific Ocean. Riders will find this trail to be flat and wide, providing excellent opportunities for trail riders. A marked but ungroomed spur trail leaves the main trail at Dry Valley and provides access to Cascade Falls, another scenic wonder of this incredible area.
Lars Fork Trail
The Lars Fork Trail is among the most scenic of the trails in the region. With mild grades, this is a good trail for riders of all abilities, providing access to several scenic pullouts that overlook the Virgin River Valley and Zion National Park.
For many riders, the trip to Strawberry Point is the definitive snowmobile trip of the season. This wide, flat trail gives way to a steep narrow climb as riders make their way along the last couple of miles to the incredible lookout at Strawberry Point. Riders should be aware that wind conditions along the trail may cause drifting and should be prepared to handle windy conditions and riding windblown snow.