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Motor Sports

in Castle Country

Castle Country's love for all things motor sports is alive and well!  Whether you love racing cars, motorcycles and ATV's or getting out in the wild and ripping through the backcountry trails Castle Country has something for you.  Read below to get more information about or MotorSports opportunities here in Castle Country and don't forget about snowmobiling during the winter months!

Desert Thunder Raceway

The Desert Thunder Raceway is the fastest and largest dirt track west of Denver. Join 2,000 other fans for a 100-mile per hour adventure. On an average race night you'll see super lot, modified and unmodified stock cars and mini sprint cars zoom on the 3/8 mile long by 80 feet wide racetrack.

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 6. Visit the Desert Thunder Raceway website for dates and admission prices.

Desert Thunder Raceway is located on Airport Road in Price, Utah, just a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, Colorado.

Carbon County MotoCross

Carbon County Motocross is a premier outdoor motocross track. Its national style design draws racers from around the west. "Our track was planned and built by Dirt Wurks, USA arguably the best track builders in the nation. It was really exciting for them to come here because they design high-level competition tracks all over the United States and the world," commented Kenny Kirkwood, motocross promoter.

A World Off-Road Championship (WORCS) race and Utah Sportsman Riders Association (USRA) races are held here. The WORCS races draw 900 professional racers for off-road motoracing. They travel from 8 states race. USRA races draw 600-800 regional racers.

To practice at the motocross, call Rhonda Peterson to schedule a time at (435) 636-3233. There is no charge but you must fill out a waver form in the office or online. For a form and more information visit www.carboncountyutah.com/fairgrounds.

Our events calendar lists dates for major races.

ATV Adventures

The Arapeen OHV Trail System and the San Rafael Swell both present great opportunities to get out and ride your ATV in some of Utah's most beautiful landscapes.

The Arapeen OHV Trail System is located in south central Utah in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Over 350 miles of ATV and 4X4 routes are included in the system. The backbone of the system is the scenic South Skyline Drive, which is a rugged 4X4 experience for most of its 58-mile length from Utah Highway 31 on the north to the Fishlake National Forest boundary on the south.

The San Rafael Swell has several great areas for days on an ATV:

  • Behind the Reef Road: From the Temple Mountain road west to Chute canyon on county maintained road for all a fun trip for all vehicles. The most western part of the road must be accessed by vehicles 52" or less (ATV or motorcycle). The trail continues 7 miles in westerly direction.
  • Kimball Draw and Copper Globe: Exit at 114 on the interstate at Justesen Flats. Go south to Kimball Draw around Copper Globe and to the Links Flat overlook.
  • Coal Wash and Fix-It-Pass: Offer expansive views, a chance to see bighorn sheep, and an arch. ATVs must stay on routes and restrictions apply.
  • San Rafael Swell Recreation Area: Visit a magnificent badlands of brightly colored and wildly eroded sandstone formations, deep canyons, and giant plates of stone tilted upright through massive geologic upheaval. There is a picnic area and scenic overlook at Cedar Mountain, or the adventurous can explore the swell however suits you best: on foot, horseback, bike, in an OHV or four-wheel drive. Petroglyphs and abandoned uranium mines are scattered throughout the area.

For more detailed information on ATV Trails visit the Castle Country Trails page.

Ride Your ATV Responsibly
OHVs are a growing portion of the recreation experience and there are many developed trails available for recreational riding. OHVs have the potential to damage water quality, wildlife habitat, and the experience of other visitors, however, so users should operate carefully and with respect for other land users to ensure future access.

Pioneering new roads and trails is prohibited! Remain on official roads and obey the minimum impact camping guidelines listed below. Help protect your sport by reminding other OHV operators to obey the rules.