Railroad Right Of Way Trail For ATV Riding

The 2nd most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Idaho.

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Northeast of Ashton near Island Park in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the Railroad Right-Of-Way Trail is a 23 mile route open to ATV riding. The trail begins at the Warm Springs Campground and ends at Reas Pass while following an old railroad grade. The first few miles are along the Warm River in the canyon. From Warm Springs to Island Park, the Railroad Right Of Way Trail climbs 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The maximum width ATV permitted is 50 inches wide.

While most people are familiar with the start of the trail at NFS Warm Springs Campground, a better place for ATV riders is the Bear Gulch / Mesa Falls Trailhead. To reach the trailhead from Ashton, head northeast on Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (SR47) for 12 miles. It is located near the old Bear Gulch ski area. The trailhead is on the right and has a large paved parking area with restrooms.

Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is permitted only on designated routes. All ATVs must have a valid registration.

Overall, Railroad Right Of Way Trail is the 2nd most popular ATV riding trail of all 55 ATV trails in Idaho. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Railroad Right Of Way Trail including Bear Creek Trail, Highline Trail, Sheep Driveway Trail, Kelly Canyon Loop, Big Elk Creek Trail and South Fork Fall Creek Trails.


Local Contact(s):  Caribou - Targhee National Forest (208) 557-5900; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NFS Warm River Campground

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/ctnf/

Article Source:   Best Railroad Right Of Way Trail ATV Trails Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=ATV&id=17580

GPS:  44.1516, -111.2858

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  1/16/2018

ID:  17580

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