If you’re like me, sometimes you enjoy the challenge of planning an ATV camping trip or a multi-day ride. I like pouring over maps and dreaming of the possibilities – deciding where to ride, where to camp, what sights we’ll see – it’s all part of the fun for me.
But, since I’m the main trip planner and packer in my family, it all falls on me to get a trip off the ground, which can also be a pain. Sometimes, don’t you just want to pack a bag and go? No worrying about logistics, planning meals, loading the ATVs…
This is when an ATV resort is the perfect solution, it makes an ATV vacation come together with virtually no effort.
To make it on our ATV vacation resorts list, these properties had to make it super easy to plan a quick get away. They had to offer lodging, a restaurant, onsite (or extremely convenient) ATV/OHV rentals and easy access to miles of off roading trails.
Just pack your bag and go!
10 Awesome ATV Resorts
1. Northern Outdoors Maine (West Forks ME)
An ATV vacation resort with it’s own brewery!
With easy access to 1,000s of miles of ATV trails through beautiful Maine wilderness, this is definitely one to add to your list. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a moose. Maine has the largest moose population in the continental 48 , with about 60,000 moose, so the odds are in your favor.
This is a full service ATV resort with condos, cabins and camping. They have their own popular micro brewery, plus a full-service restaurant. Kids will love the pool and games while adults will enjoy a relaxing post ride soak in the hot tub.
But, one of the best things about Northern outdoors is that ATV trail riding isn’t your only option, the resort is also great for white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.
They rent ATVs onsite as well as snowmobiles, plus they run their own white water rafting trips all from the resort. If you’re looking for guided tour options, they offer those as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Dirt bikes are not permitted at Northern Outdoors due to landowner restrictions on local area trails.
2. High Country Lodge (Big Horn Mountains – Lovell WY)
This is wide open nature – Wyoming at it’s best!
I love Wyoming, so it was inevitable that I would have to include a Wyoming destination. During the summer season, tourists flood the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, but the Big Horn Mountains are an undiscovered treasure. Locals know and hunters know, but the tourists largely just drive through the Big Horns on their way to the more well known areas.
There aren’t a lot of amenities, but that actually works in it’s favor! Less amenities less crowds!
There are three main places to stay the night, all with their own restaurants – High Country Lodge, Elk View Inn and Bear Lodge Resort. Of these three, High Country Lodge offers up the best overall experience – better location, better rooms, better food. (although I had a pretty respectable cheeseburger at Bear Lodge Resort on my last adventure)
High Country Lodge is tucked away in the mountains with the road accessible by car from about mid May to the end of November. The resort can arrange a pick up for you when the roads are closed or you can snowmobile to the lodge. This area gets epic snow and also offers up world class snowmobiling, so keep that in mind for future adventures.
High Country Lodge doesn’t offer ATVs for individual use, but they do rent SxS for group rides. Their experienced guides know all the best trails in the area and are sure to give you a ride you won’t soon forget. They have a morning tour and an afternoon tour – both four hours long.
Their rental fleet consists of two, 2 person Polaris RZR 900s, a 2 person Yahama Rhino and a 6 passenger Yahama Viking. They can also easily accommodate single riders, couples, or entire families seeking to enjoy the magnificent Bighorn views.
- 2 passenger vehicles – $275 per 4 hour tour.
- 6 passenger Viking is $450 per 4 hour tour.
If you bring your own ATV, the Big Horn area offers up a world of off roading possibilities. Or, if you’d like to head out on your own, the Elk View Inn (also a full full service ATV resort) is less than 20 minutes away and rents ATVs and SxS for half and full days.
Check out all these trails:
3. Ramada by Wyndam (Hancock MI)
Yooper ATV paradise with hundreds of miles of coastline!
Featuring a beautiful location directly on the waterfront in Hancock MI right next to the bridge, this convenient location makes it an excellent jumping off point for exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Most people probably don’t think of Ramada Hotels as an ATV resort, but this one checks all the boxes.
It offers up all the amenities you would expect from a Ramada – airport shuttle, complementary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, laundry facilities, on site restaurant and lounge, combined with convenient ATV rentals and excellent trail access.
Plus, if you don’t want to eat on site, the central location also makes it easy to get around town to experience the local restaurants.
There is also an ATV/UTV rental shop directly across the street if you’d like to set up your own rental: MM Power Sports
The Upper Michigan Pennisula boasts some of the best ATVing in the US and the Keweenaw Peninsula is no exception. Renowned for it’s rugged remoteness and miles of Lake Superior coastline, the peninsula extends 125 miles.
There is an ORV route that starts next door from the Ramada Hotel. The trail initially takes you on a paved sidewalk through town where it connects with the off roading trail. This trail is a combination of the Hancock-Calumet section and the Keweenaw section for a combined 64 miles (one way).
This ATV trail runs through the middle of the peninsula, goes all the way up to Copper Harbor and ends with a beautiful overlook of Lake Superior. Most of this trail is a converted railroad route with some hard packed dirt/rock sections. It’s primarily forested with some scenic Lake Superior views.
In the Copper Harbor area, some local ATV clubs have put together an additional 66 miles of club sponsored trails. These club trails are on private land and most restrict unlicensed motorcycles due to land owner requests.
This route has easy access to gas, food and overnight accommodations if desired.
Check out the maps, see a few pictures of the route, plus there is also a link to a pdf that will open up a larger view of the map sections:
Across the bridge in Houghton MI, you can also travel south on the Bill Nichols ORV Route, a 40 mile off roading route that travels south through the Keweenaw pennisula. It is illegal to drive your ATV across the bridge without a police escort, but these towns are very ATV friendly, so they make it easy to set up an escort.
Officers will provide ATV/UTV escorts seven days a week, provided they are not on a call, at these times:
- 9:15 a.m.
- 1:15 p.m.
- 6:15 p.m
If you’re traveling all the way to this remote section of Michigan, it would be a mistake to miss out on a visit to Isle Royal National Park. This remote national park is one of the least visited national parks in the US, but rooms still sell out in the busy summer months, so plan ahead.
Isle Royal National Park can only be reached by private boat, or a ferry boat from either Houghton, MI or Copper Harbor MI. This beautiful island park is perfect for kayaking, hiking and camping, but there is also a lodge and restaurant on the island for those who appreciate a few creature comforts.
4. Pirate Cove (Needles California)
Get your kicks on Route 66!
On historic Route 66, smack dab in the middle of nowhere, lies the boating/ATV resort of Pirate Cove. But, don’t let the remote location fool you – it’s actually a pretty happening place.
It’s 250 slip marina with easy access to the Colorado River make it a popular summer destination. Located about half way between the small casino town of Laughlin Nevada and Lake Havasu Arizona (home of London Bridge), it provides sun seekers miles of river to explore.
But, it’s a mistake to dismiss Pirate Cove as just a boating resort. With 3,200 miles of BLM off-road trails to explore, ATVers will find plenty of roads to explore.
Due to the relentless desert heat, the summers are dedicated to boating, but fall and winter are perfect for ATVing. With winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s, Needles may be the winter escape you need.
ATV Season: October 1 – May 1
ATV Rentals – 2019 Polaris RZR Xp4 1000
- Half-Day Rental $499
- Full-Day Rental $599
They make it easy to download and view the trail with Google Earth using your phone or computer.
Some Trails To Explore:
- Baily Mine
- Beal Slough
- Camp Clipper
- Chemehuevi Wash
- Coffin Springs
- Flattop Mountain
- Golden Fleece
- Old Woman Meteorite
- Old Woman Preserve
5. Ticaboo Lodge (North Lake Powell, Ticaboo UT)
Some of the best back country travel that Utah has to offer!
This remote ATV vacation resort is located in the red sands of the Utah desert. Ticaboo Lodge is surrounded by BLM land with trails starting right next to the lodge, so you can ride directly from the lodge.
This is wide open desert with miles of county and BLM trails. You’ll find lots of off roading adventure – from hill top mesas to canyons and vast desert.
They offer 1/2 day and full day guided tours. They also rent 4 seat UTVs from the Adventure Center outfitter store, aka, Base Camp:
- $189 half day (4 hours)
- $349 all day (8 hours)
Ride the 67.4 miles long Burr Trail through the stunning hills, canyons and red rock deserts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with an overview at the border of Capitol Reef National Park. If you bring your own ATV and plan to ride the Burr Trail, it will need to be street legal to comply with Utah state law as about 20 miles of the Burr Trail are paved.
Technically it’s possible to off road year round at Ticaboo, but avoid the summers as it does get scorching hot. Fall, from late September through early November, is about perfect. It does snow at Lake Powell, although it doesn’t stick around long. If you don’t mind the cold, bundle up for a winter ride when a light dusting of snow blankets the beautiful red hills and surrounding deserts.
Ticaboo Lodge hosted it’s first off road Rally in October 2019 – the ATV/UTV Rally at North Lake Powell, only time will tell if this becomes a successful annual event.
But ATVing isn’t all this lodge has to offer. Located just 10 miles from the shores of Lake Powell, Ticaboo is also the perfect location for planning some big lake adventure. The lodge rents party barges, ski boats, fishing boats, sea doos, wake boards, skis, tubes, SUPs and kayaks.
The surrounding red rocks canyons also provide ample opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, camping, photography, canyoneering, rock hounding and discovering historic petroglyphs.
6. Mystic Hills Hideaway (Deadwood SD)
Off roading is a way of life in the hills!
Located in Deadwood SD, this year round ATV resort has everything you need to easily plan your next ATV adventure – ATV/UTV rentals, guided tours, cabins, a campground and an on-site restaurant. You can just hop on your ATV and go, Mystic Hills Hideaway has direct trail access into the Black Hills National Forest. Plus, they also rent snowmobiles making this a fun winter destination.
Tucked into the hills of South Dakota, the town of Deadwood is a town full of American history and well worth a visit. Deadwood is an old gold rush town established in 1876 which has done an excellent job of preserving it’s western vibe and history.
The main street still has some of its original brick and wood facades which now house small gambling establishments, hotels and restaurants. But even if you don’t gamble or ATV, this part of the country is full of natural beauty and wildlife and well worth a visit.
The Black Hills National Forest is the perfect destination for your next ATV trip. There are over 700 miles of OHV trails, some of which connect to an additional 500 miles of forest service roads open to both OHVs and other vehicles.
There are trails for all skill sets, loop routes and 21 designated motorized trailheads for easy access.
Check out all these trails: Black Hills National Forest ATV Trails (US Forest Website)
7. Harpole’s Heartland Lodge (Nebo, IL)
Midwest outdoor destination resort!
Located in the rolling hills of Illinois, this resort has a lot to offer in addition to ATVing – a pistol range, hunting, fishing ponds, horse riding, Morel Mushroom hunting, a sporting clay course and searching for naturally shed deer antlers. They also offer home-cooked meals plus ATV and RZR rentals which make it super easy to get out of town and onto the trails.
There are two ATV parks with a variety of terrain and trails including the advanced terrain of the Timbers area which is open to skilled UTV riders only (no ATVs allowed).
The original ATV park is now connected to a whole new section of riding opportunities in what is called the new ATV park. Not only are the riding areas connected, but the trails also connect all the lodging options.
This ATV resort has some pretty upscale lodging options. They have three large lodges that can accommodate 1 – 28 guests. There are also four cabins available for smaller groups of 1 – 4 people. You can book a whole lodge or cabin for a group, but single room rentals are also available.
The older park section offers more challenging riding including the Timbers area, but outside of this area there are some beginner level trails.
The new section includes riding for all skill levels with a more open riding area and another area with some scenic views of the Mississippi river bottoms.
With about 60 miles of OHV trails divided almost evenly between the two separate riding areas, you’ll find plenty of trails to keep you busy. There’s even some mud holes for riders who like to mix it up. Most trails are wide enough for UTVs/SxS.
The two ATV parks are open almost year round with some short seasonal closures to accommodate hunting season.
Heartland Resort is also a full service hunting resort offering outfitting and guides. Whitetail Deer, quail, pheasant, turkey and waterfowl are plentiful in this region, so this resort is well situated to offer an excellent hunting opportunity.
8. Twin Hollow (Gilbert WV)
Ultimate off roading destination on the Hatfield McCoy Trail System!
Put this one on your bucket list.
Twin Hollow is one of the best ATV vacation resorts in the country, serving one of the best off-roading trail systems in the US – the Hatfield McCoy Trail.
In addition to 11 cabins, they also have a campground with full hookups. They also offer ATV/SxS rentals, trail guides and a BBQ restaurant on-site.
After a rough day on the trail, what could be better than a hot shower and a comfortable bed? Rent one of their fully equipped cabins for an easy comfortable stay.
The cabins are smallish and rustic, but they have everything you need for a great stay – heat, a fully outfitted kitchen, linens, Direct TV, a charcoal grill, comfy beds and your own bathroom. They also have plenty of parking for your trailer and toys.
The Hatfield McCoy Trails have 700 miles of professionally maintained trails spread across 8 towns (soon to be 9). The 8 sections each have their own name, rules, amenities and trail difficulty breakdown.
Check Out: Trail Difficulty By Section
Twin Hollows offers direct access to 3 sections of this trail system: The Rock House, Devil Anse and Buffalo Mountain Trail System. This means you can drive right from the resort to 300 miles of ATV trails without having to trailer. The remaining sections are a short trailer haul away allowing you complete access to all the Hatfield McCoy Trails.
Check out the Appalachian ATVenture Festival, a 5 day ATV event held on the Hatfield McCoy Trails to help support a summer feeding program for WV children in need.
The website for this campground is a bit rough, but don’t let that put you off. It’s straight up legit!
9. Saratoga Hot Springs Resort (Saratoga WY)
High end luxury resort with a spa & natural mineral hot springs!
This resort offers deluxe amenities in wild Wyoming. With a full service spa, natural mineral hot springs and an on-site pub/brewery with an outdoor Biergarten, this is definitely not your typical roughing it ATV resort.
Saratoga Hot Springs Resort is located close to Wyoming Highway 130 which is part of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. This southern Wyoming scenic road includes the 29 miles of road that passes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
This road is all Wyoming – remote, uncrowded, sharp mountain peaks, rugged wilderness. Harsh, but beautiful. The scenic byway closes for the winter in mid November, but the resort is open year round and can be accessed by other main roads.
Rent an ATV and explore the miles of trails available in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest. There are plenty of ATV trails and dirt roads available for all skill sets. The front desk has maps available to get you on your way.
But ATVing is just one of the many fun activities available at this resort, they also offer golf, trout fishing, horse back riding, river floats, hiking, mountain biking, Jeep adventures, scenic drives, wildlife and bird watching.
10. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort (Sevier UT)
Ride one of the best ATV trails in the US – the Paiute Trail!
Big Rock Candy Mountain is the perfect ATV vacation resort for exploring the famous Paiute ATV Trail.
They have several different lodging accommodations including cabins, inn suites and caboose village which consists of 12 railroad cars fully converted to cute little cabins. There is also a 34 site RV park with full hook ups, showers and free laundry.
This large resort also has a gas station, convenience store and an on-site restaurant, the Big Rock Grill & Smokehouse.
Although this resort doesn’t have ATV rentals available on-site, they make renting an ATV easy. You can rent an ATV, RZR or SxS on their website and have it delivered right to you at the resort. No trailer necessary.
This resort also offers direct easy access to the Paiute Trail, it has two bridges that allow you to drive directly from your room/RV to the trail.
Check out a map of the resort and trail access bridges here: Property Map
Much like the Hatfield McCoy Trails in West Virginia, the Paiute ATV Trail is also widely regarded as one of the top 5 ATV trail systems in the US. The Paiute Trail has one main 280 mile loop with 2,600 miles of additional trails and roads. You could spend a lifetime happily riding the Paiute and never tire of the beautiful scenery that Utah has to offer.
Town of Marysvale UT Paiute Trail Guide