Richfield Race Loop and Hot Lava Loop
The Glenwood Hills riding area lies on a bench area above Glenwood about 6 miles east of Richfield. There's a five-mile race loop, plus optional trails such as the Twist and Hot Lava. The riding is easier-intermediate, with brief mild climbs and fast descents. There are some nice views and the trail is fun to ride.
The Hot Lava trail is discussed after the Race Loop on this page. The Twist trail is described on a separate page.
Occasionally a doubletrack, game trail, or older social trail will fork away from the race loop in a way that could fool you. Now that the trail is mature and ridden regularly, this is unlikely. Just follow the carsonite posts.
From parking, head northeast on doubletrack. Cross another doubletrack and continue all the way to the edge of the badlands. Here the singletrack begins.
Of note in 2021 is that there's a second loop to the south called Hot Lava. It forks off the race loop to the right as the trail approaches the parking area at mile 4.6. See the description below.
Very nice trail! With the other riding in the area ( Twist and Hot Lava) it's worth a visit when you're in Richfield.
Clockwise (backwards!) Race Loop ride when the trail was brand new
(If your target is a quick ride clockwise, just ride the race loop backwards for 0.3 miles, then veer to the left when you hit the eastern end of Hot Lava.)
There are a few bumps and ledge drops to hit when riding in the counterclockwise direction.
On Main Street in Richfield, turn east on 300 North. This is Utah Highway 118, old US Highway 89. After 0.9 miles, Highway 118 turns north. Keep straight to the single lane that becomes Highway 119. Continue straight east and in about 4 miles the road will veer a bit right and climb up the hill. At mile 6.4, begin watching for a gravel road on your left. It will be just before the Glenwood Hills OHV sign. Turn left and drive 0.8 miles. Turn right toward the fenced area and park outside the gate. To begin the Race Loop, look for the carsonite post with the arrow pointing northeast. Take the doubletrack it points toward (not the dirt road along the fence of the motor sports area).