Dirt-Biking in the Bighorns
What to expect
Single track and hundreds of ATV trails are offered in the Bighorns. Easy scenic rides to technical boulder fields and steep drainages are available. Be prepared for mud and cold weather and beware of wider vehicles going around blind corners. When it comes to motorcycling, the Bighorns are a hidden gem.
Rules and regulations
Like all wheeled vehicles, dirt-bikes are limited to road use only but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of fun to be had. All bikes must have spark arrestors and a current Wyoming ORV sticker which can be purchased at the lodge. For more information on rules and regulations, visit the Bighorn National Forest website here.
Arrowhead’s Top picks
There are endless amounts of trails to chose from, but if we had to pick, we’d chose these three. For an entire list of trails, ask the front desk for an ORV map or visit the Bighorn National Forest website here.
Option #1- Arrowhead trail to Red grade and Beyond.
Right outside our front door is what we call the Arrowhead Trail, or trail # ???. This 50” ATV trail takes about a half hour to complete and ends at Forest Road 16, or Red Grade. From here, take a left and there is a plethora of trail systems to chose from. It would take an entire summer to hit all of the trails on Red Grade. What makes Red Grade so special is the diverse terrain and scenic landscapes of the Bighorn alpine. There are extremely fun trails with technical sections as well as mellow trails that wind their way through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country.
option #2- Sunlight mesa
For this trail, we recommend trailering up to Hunt Mountain Road which is a 15 minute drive from the lodge down highway 14A. Sunlight Mesa is a gnarly single track that follows steep ravines and crosses several creeks. This trail is for the experienced rider. For directions, unload at Hunt Mountain road and head south until you see a sign for trail # ???. Follow this ATV trail for about three miles until you hit another ATV trail ( Trail # ) that quickly ends and turns into single track.