Home to oil and the Alamo, the Lone Star State is full of cattle, wide-open land, and UTV-riding cowboys. It even has one ranch larger than the whole state of Rhode Island. Everything really is bigger in Texas, including the numerous options both private and public for ATV and UTV enthusiasts.
A true Texas riding adventure includes big piney woods, spacious prairies, scenic hill country, flowing water—and mud. Lots of it. A Texas ride wouldn’t be complete without at least one muddy run. A whole lot of mud can be found at the many private off-road parks in Texas. Most have onsite accommodations and wash areas to remove all traces of the day’s mud play. We recommend you call before hauling, as open days and hours can vary. For example, one park closes in November for opening deer rifle season and another closes most of December, reopening with a New Year’s ride. Check websites for details on prices, hours, special events, and conditions. If you ride on public lands, get your Texas OHV decal for $16 at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
Northwest OHV Park offers 25 miles of trails on 300 acres in an old rock quarry. Part of the Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park run by the town of Bridgeport, this off-road area has some great features and hosts night rides regularly.
Trophy Club Park is another town-run recreation area that includes 150 acres with 7 miles of woodland loops, trails to the rivers and beaches of Grapevine Lake, and a separate beginners’ area.
Eisenhower State Park, with its grasslands and limestone bluffs, has a 10-acre trail system on the shore of Lake Texoma that includes several varied trails and a peewee practice area.
In the plains of the Texas Panhandle, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is home to 2,000 acres of ride space in two separate areas. Blue Creek Bridge is exactly as it sounds—creek bed runs on the north side of the lake. Rosita Creek Flats has a variety of terrain bordering the Canadian River with steep hills, rock climbs, sandbanks, river runs, and wide-open views from the plateau tops.
Childress ATV Park sits on 600 acres near Spur with 28 miles of trails, a large pit, a couple of tracks, and four different canyon washes for jumping and climbing.
The Lake McClellan UTV/ATV Area Trailhead, found outside of the Lake McClellan Campground in the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands area, is a multiple-use narrow trail system approximately 10 miles in length and rated light to moderate.
In Lubbock, Buffalo Springs Lake OHV Trails run through the hills above the lake, long runs on hardpack with plenty of loose dirt, mud, and a few small jumps. Amazing views too.
Nearby Lake Mackenzie Recreation Area in Briscoe County has 35 miles of trails dedicated to ATVs in a caprock-style canyon.
Twin Buttes OHV has steeps climbs to twin buttes and sandy trails that lead to the banks of the reservoir near San Angelo.
The Escondido Draw Recreational Area is the other TMTC volunteer trail system, drawing off-roaders of all varieties to its 23 miles of hills and trails on 3,400 acres near Ozona. Open on a limited basis while under development, so check the website for information.
The Sam Houston National Forest has 85 miles of stunning multi-use backwoods trails near Lake Conroe with hardpack, sand, mud, and water crossings. These loops are closed after rainfall to protect the forest environment, so call the Ranger’s Office at (936) 344-6205 for updated trail information before heading out.