So you just bought a Jeep, or maybe you have had one for a while and are tired of the boring, straight roads in your town. Where can you take that thing and get it nice and dirty? There are a lot of things you can do in a Jeep, but you won’t feel like a true Jeep owner until you’ve gone offroading and really pushed your vehicle it to its limits.
Once you’ve outfitted yourself with the necessary Jeep accessories, try these five incredible places you can go offroading in your Jeep, whether you live in the plains states of the central US or on a beach in Southern California.
Off Roading Trails
There are a number of books that compile and share the most popular offroading trails in the United States. For instance, FunTreks makes guidebooks for different types of vehicles, locations and states throughout the country. All of the trails they note are legal, have been scouted and are driven by other Jeep owners regularly, ensuring you will have plenty of fun but don’t have to worry about getting stopped by an irate park ranger in the process.
Some of the hottest trails in the FunTreks guides are in Colorado, Utah (Moab in particular), California’s eastern backroads and Arizona. However, there are other guide books for national parks in Montana, North Dakota, the midwest, Florida and the northeast. Every region has its own attractions and styles of offroading trails and parks, so you should always make sure to check the accessibility of a particular trail with a Jeep. Some trails are better suited for ATVs or motorbikes.
Difficulty of the Courses
In any guidebook you’ll find three difficulty markers – easy, moderate and difficult. If you’re a beginner to the sport of offroading, make sure you start with easy, not necessarily because you cannot handle harder course, but because there are many things you may not be ready for including narrow courses, tracks with sudden drop offs, or other drivers who want you to move a bit faster.
Course difficulty is usually related to the type of vehicle you are driving and the location of the trail, so keep both in mind when choosing your next excursion.
Top Off Roading Trails in the Country
Choosing the best offroading trail is as subjective as you can get, but there are a few that are considered tops among offroad enthusiasts. They include:
- Redington Pass, AZ – One of the better options in Arizona, which is filled with hot Jeep offroading spots.
- Rausch Creek Off Road Park, PA – This is for more advanced drivers with the tech to handle the course.
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA – A full range of courses for all difficulty levels.
- Engineer Pass, CO – Amazing views and a 12,800 foot climb make this is a killer opportunity.
- Moab, UT – Moab is the king of offroading trails. There are dozens of trails, different levels of difficulty, and a thriving community of Jeep lovers.
These are all hot spots for Jeep owners located throughout the United States. Are they the only trails worth trying? Not by a long shot. But if you are close to any of them and can find a good guidebook, I guarantee you’ll have a blast exploring the extensive trails located in each of these incredible settings.
Steven Karns works for Carolina Classic Trucks in North Carolina and loves to drive his Jeep, and talk about it, and write about it, and…