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Recreation May 13, 2021

Best UTV or ATV Friendly Campgrounds for Families

What could be better than a family vacation that combines the classic joys of group camping—campfire marshmallow roasting, stargazing, nature walks, etc.—with some good old-fashioned off-roading? Here at Polaris, we love seeing riders of all ages enjoying the up-for-anything capabilities of our ATVs and side-by-sides: the perfect vehicles for family adventure, whether in a well-developed, close-to-home recreation park or the deep backcountry.


Here’s a quick rundown of some of the basics of UTV and ATV trail riding vacations—plus a roundup of some of the top off-road vehicle (ORV) resorts and campsites in the country!

What Makes Up a Good Off-Road Vehicle Campsite for Families

It’s hard to generalize the ingredients of a prime ATV or UTV family campsite, because there are all kinds of families out there. If you’ve got very young kids in tow, you may want a home base that’s a bit more accessible, with a fair amount of amenities and services at hand. If you’ve got older kids—or a family crew well-versed in roughing it, you may prefer seeking out more off-the-beaten-path destinations, and do just fine overnighting at more primitive campsites in the middle of nowhere.

What is the Best Side by Side UTV for Families?

A UTV—also known as a Side-by-Side (SxS)—makes a really fantastic off-roading vehicle for families. First and foremost, they offer the multiple seating that an ATV lacks. You’ll also appreciate the stability that comes with a UTV’s greater weight and width, not to mention the cargo space for hauling coolers, picnic grub, and other supplies. In addition to the UTV’s roll bar or cage, you might also consider models with windshields or roofs for added security and protection.

Any Polaris SxS can serve as a standout family adventure vehicle, but we especially recommend our GENERAL and RZR UTVs, which boast multiple seating arrangements and designs ideal for recreational use.

Pick a Campground with UTV or ATV Rentals

If you’re not a current SxS or ATV owner, it’s quite easy to rent one for your next family camping trip. Many resorts that offer off-roading activities also provide on-site rentals: a pretty cost-effective turn-key option that allows you to ride, without having to transport an OHV long-distance.

Things to Do at a UTV/ATV Campground

Tooling around the trails, whether they’re actually on the campground property or simply nearby, is a great centerpiece to your off-road family camping trip, but it’s not the only thing to do. Depending on your specific destination, you’ll likely have other activities to enjoy such as hiking, paddling, horseback riding, cycling, or archery. More developed campgrounds or resorts often include swimming pools, arcades, sports facilities, and more….

Consider Camping Amenities You Need for your ATV/UTV Vacation

There are many joys to more primitive camping, whether at an off-roading resort that offers barebones sites or a remote and lightly developed campground on public lands. But if you want more amenities readily at hand during an ATV/UTV camping trip, there’s nothing wrong with that. A laundromat can certainly be a welcomed resource on a four-wheeling vacation, given the beating everybody’s clothes are likely to take out on the trails. A resort or campground with a general store of some kind also helps when it comes to keeping all those hungry riders well-fed, not to mention for grabbing sunscreen, camp stove fuel, first-aid supplies, and all the other essentials you forgot back at home.

The Top Places to Vacation With UTVs and ATVs

Polaris Adventures is a premium network of nationwide Outfitter locations that provide off- and on-road powersports experiences. From the Appalachian highlands to the California desert— these UTV- and ATV-friendly vacation destinations certainly hit all the marks. Any one of these spots can deliver an unforgettable family trail-riding getaway.

Blue Diamond Adventures, (Huntsville, TN)

Polaris Adventures Premiere Certified Outfitter

 

Located in the scenic mountains of East Tennessee, Blue Diamond Adventure provides the ultimate adventure experience deep in the heart of Appalachia. The campground offers direct access to over 300 miles of ATV trails with scenic overlooks and culture exploration points of interest. Open 365 days a year, this riverfront location also provides opportunity for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. ATVs and UTVs are available for rent and guides stand at the ready for those who’d like a little help along the way.

 

Silverton Rock Pirates, (Silverton, CO)

Polaris Adventures Premiere Certified Outfitter

 

Enjoy full service campers at Silverton Rock Pirates, while exploring Southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Families will enjoy some of Colorado’s most loved mountain passes off-roading in RZR side-by-sides with panoramic views of wildlife and wildflowers and the vestiges of western expansion. Explore Animas Forks Ghost Town, a deserted mining community with log cabins that date back to 1873. Take the Alpine Loop and ride over the California Pass before grabbing a bite to eat at Eureka Station.

 

Silverton is one of the highest alpine communities in the U.S., a recreational paradise with some of the most breathtaking views in Colorado that make for the trip of a lifetime.

Trailhead Adventures, (Bluefield, VA)

Polaris Adventures Premiere Certified Outfitter

 

Nestled in the heart of southwestern Virginia, Trailhead Adventures offers the perfect friends and family lodging location for ATV & Dirt Bike enthusiasts with a selection of cabins, cottages and RV/tent sites. Trailhead Adventures provides the unique combination of a top-quality campground and proximity to two premiere trail systems: the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and the Spearhead Trails System. Choose family-friendly green trails or dare to be challenged on black trails. Enjoy vistas, wildlife and endless miles of canopied forests throughout our remote, rugged terrain. Split the mud holes or take the high road. This mountain challenge awaits you.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge, (Lead, SD)

Polaris Adventures Premiere Certified Outfitter

 

The Black Hills rise from the foot of the Great Plains with jagged points covered in ponderosa pines. Spearfish Canyon, situated in the northwestern corner of the Black Hills, features a scenic 20-mile by-way built on an old rail-bed formerly used by early pioneers. The canyon runs south from Spearfish into the northwestern corner of the million acre Black Hills National Forest. Every year, the canyon draws thousands of visitors for outdoor adventure and enjoyment of idyllic scenery, both natural and man-made.

 

At Spearfish Canyon Lodge, you’ll have access to over 350 miles of groomed trails for UTVs or snowmobiles, depending on the season. This resort also offers motorless adventures, with mountain bikes, fishing gear, or snowshoes. After hitting the trails, you can head back to the lodge to enjoy fine dining at the Latchstring Restaurant, relax by the fireplace, and rest in the suites. Anyone seeking the peace of mind or an adrenaline rush in the Black Hills will find it at Spearfish Canyon.

Rose Ranch Resort, (Marysvale, UT)

Polaris Adventures Premiere Certified Outfitter

 

Whether you’re looking for camping, cabins, or RV space, Rose Ranch Resort has it. The Resort has two campgrounds nestled in the trees along Beaver Creek. Each campground is secluded & private and perfect for youth groups or family reunions. With restrooms, showers, fire pits, and picnic tables, you’ll have all the luxuries of home in an ATV/UTV roof top tent or your RV.

 

All Rose Ranch cabins are two bedroom, one bathroom, and sleep up to four people comfortably. Each cabin has a kitchenette which includes a bar sink, microwave, and mini fridge. With cable, heat, A/C, and trail riding, there’s not much more to wish for.

 

Near the Fremont Indian State Park, the ranch sits in the middle of the Paiute ATV Trail, with access for rented four wheelers or side-by-sides right out the back door.

 

In addition to ATV rentals Rose Ranch Resort boasts the longest white-water rafting trip on the Sevier River, for the ultimate thrill. For a more relaxing ride, tubes are also available. Hiking or ride the trails and fish in Beaver Creek. Whether going alone, with friends, as a couple, or for a family reunion, the trip will be one to remember.

 

The Resort at Paws Up, (Greenough, MT)

Polaris Adventures Verified Outfitter

 

Paws Up is a luxury Montana mountain resort situated on a sprawling, 37,000-acre, authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. 100 miles of trails and 10 miles of the Blackfoot River combine to make for the ultimate outdoor playground for adults and kids alike. You can kick up dust on an ATV or UTV tour scaling mountains like molehills, slicing through streams, powering through brush, and cruising through a ghost town.

 

If you’re into glamping, then the Resort at Paws Up might be for you. You have the option to choose a luxury home or cabin, or sleep in a safari-style luxury tent in one of the six campsites that cater to families, couples, and groups. There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars, listening to nature, and calling your butler when you need an extra pillow.

 

Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback, cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You’ll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. And, if that doesn’t satisfy your adventure appetite, there’s also boating, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, rappelling, swimming, and more. When it comes to outdoor dude ranch activities in the Montana wilderness, Paws Up is an all-you-can-eat buffet.

 

Pirate Cove Resort, (Needles, CA)

Polaris Adventures Verified Outfitter

 

Upwards of 3,000 miles of trails await you as an off-roader at Pirate Cove Resort, including otherworldly desert sand dunes. This decked-out Colorado River ATV/UTV riding resort offers Polaris rentals, free loading and off-loading zones, and other rider conveniences, plus beachfront camping and cabin stays as well as a restaurant and boat marinas.

 

Hit the trails this year with the whole gang on one or more UTV/ATV trail-riding vacations. Whether you’re looking for easy scenic rides or the kind of grades and heavy-duty terrain that demand putting your heads together to plan out the best approaches, these off-roading getaways make for wonderful bonding experiences. And as fun as a daytrip to an OHV area is, it’s all the better when you can extend the fun at a campsite or cabin within shouting distance of the trailhead!

 

Polaris Adventures Locations Nearby:

Gilbert, WV
Outfitter: Ashland Resort
Outfitter: Trailhead ATV Resort

Oliver Springs, TN
Outfitter: Blue Diamond Adventures – Huntsville TN (1 hr drive)

Marble Falls, TX
Outfitter: Hidden Falls Adventure Park

North Bend, OR
Outfitter: Spinreel

Needles, CA
Outfitter: Pirate Cove Resort

Again, the above list of UTV trails is in no way exhaustive—there’s plenty more all across the country—but it should give you some ideas on locations to check out this summer. Find a trail close to home, or a destination trail to pack up and hit with family and friends. And that means plenty of opportunities to strut your stuff with a best-in-class Polaris off-road vehicle.

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