This trail has been designed for ATV,
Jeep, 4WD or truck.
The weather varies greatly and will
affect the road conditions greatly. Be
sure to check the Visitors Center
before starting out on your tour.
It would be beneficial to you if you
take something up that could help
you clear away brush and trees that
have fallen on the trail.
There is some
private property located on this
trail and so it is important to
respect the people who own it
by staying away. In case of
emergency contact the ranger
The staging area for this trail is at the Ranger station
between Bicknell and Loa, or you can stage at the
Great Western Trail. Trail Type
ATV/Jeep/4WD and pick up. Be aware that there are
different types of vehicles that do this trail often. Distance
This trail length can very depending of what you decide
to do. Recommended loop is 20 miles long. Difficulty Moderate
Moderate. The Dark Valley Shelf trail are difficult and
ATV/OHV ONLY! There are no width restrictions
anywhere on the trail.
This trail can have pot holes and trees that have blown
over across the path. Most of the the time the trail is
good and clear.
Trail Coordinates / Points of Interest
Do it at Your Own Pace
Best way to ride the trail is to follow the
east side of the broan road heading south
to the green shelf road. Then follow the red
raod around to Big Lake. If you want a
more challenging path, follow the west side
and travel north on the Shelf trails.
Get a Closer Look
The Dark Valley Shelf Trails provide
amazing opportunities to see different
types of wildlife. Elk, deer, antelope, and
on occasion, bears have been sighted on
the Shelf trail. There are also many kinds
of birds that call this area home. Be sure
to be on the lookout!
Take in the Views