Riders, If you ever get the chance to ride Casto Canyon, East of Panguitch in ?Utah, don't miss it. You need to be @50" (not 50 1/2) to ride it but it marvels the scenery of the Brice-Zion parks, up close. It was the highlight of our trip this year.
Wacker, you are so right about the ride, what beef's me about that gate is the stringent requirement about the whole RZR being 50". I can agree about my thread width and abuse of the trails etc. But what is the big deal about the seats perhaps being 52-54"?? It seems that they really have it out for the RZR's. At least they should put the same gate at the other end, it was the standard posts labeled @ 50"
I have agood friend that lives in Circleville, we met up with him when we came down from Marysvale, had breakfast and drove about 1/2 way to Panguiltch (around mile marker 142). We parked off the road on the east side them went and rode The Fremont #2 trail to the east end of Casto, thru the Canyon, down to Panguiltch and back tot he truck. It was about a 50 mile loop, a good ride for the third day,
Casto is indeed a very scenic place to ride, and the trail changes often following the floods that sometime come down the canyon.
The gates are very indicative of what you find in Utah. The fencepost gate at the top of the canyon is probably 52 or so inches wide, and a stock width rzr fits easily
Here is a photo of the fencepost gate:
The gate by the parking lot at the trailhead is right at 50 inches. I took the photo when I turned around after having gone through the gate and picked up a new scratch/gouge in the the paint as the rzr rocked to the side because of the uneven ground on the trail side of the gate.
Here is a shot from the trailhead:
another shot from along the trail:
As you can see, I'm totally in agreement it's a great trail to ride, and one of the hundreds of great trails in Utah you can only ride if you're 50 inches or less.
We spent a week at Big Rock Candy Mtn... had to "double" book a room at Ruby's for one night to make the round trip. First day was 130 miles down the western side & 125 back up the eastern side the next day. Great views and scenery everywhere. But, our first trip out we spent two nights at Ruby's and had dinner at the Diner. BARF on the burgers in that place, it was like Zoo Fast Food. Then we rode around the trails below the lake, but it wasn't much different then the views on the way down & you weren't near as close to stuff. The second night we ate at the Cowboy buffet, only other thing within walking distance & there's a little bit of everything there, pretty good for the price considering the location. So, the second year out we only made it a one night ride and had the Cowboy buffet again.
We can't wait to go it again... It's 4300 miles round trip from PA, wish we could make it out every year.
We had done plenty of research before our trip on the 50" trails, the "tight" gates & such... so not to miss anything we wanted to see, we took everything off the bike to make it 50". Rock Sliders gone, S fender flares, Rock Crusher wheels and 26" BH's, etc. It was all worth for the extra places we could go and see.
We also tied another overnight trip into it from Richfield to Fillmoore and back with another S x S.
I sent this thread on to others that have a special interest in 50" trails. I wanted them to see the pictures. It might be that to continue to have these trails the more that know of these, cherish them. protect them, and ride them the greater our chances are of having them.
I think some of you may think it presumptuous to post up pictures of some nice 50" trail you know of, perhaps even feel just keep it secret. My request is that you consider posting so that other responsible riders might see it, ride it, and help keep it open.
the one good thing that Utah and these villages have is that they realize the economic value of these trail systems to their communities and support them. It is at this grass routes support that helps squash some of the non-local efforts to close down the trails. Now the national effort in DC is another matter,
This isn't a link to one of my videos, but one I found on ATVUtah. It's a group ride through Casto canyon when they got caught in a rainstorm. Looks a lot different in the rain than when I've been there.