Okay, maybe the off-road bumper and winch accessories on your rig reflect your obsession with weekend mudding or rock crawling. But if you’re looking for a change of pace or a change of scenery, we’ve compiled a list of trips that combine off-roading, wilderness know-how, and scenic beauty. So, get your 4WD rig ready and head out for adventure that’s truly off the beaten path.
Mojave Road, Arizona & California
Plan for about three or four days to travel the entire 145 miles. The classic desert route takes you through a region of incredible natural landmarks like the Colorado River and Joshua Tree National Park. This is remote desert, so bring about a gallon of water per person per day and definitely beware of snakes.
Rubicon Trail, California
Less than 25 miles of the most fun you can have in an Off-road vehicle. Traversing its challenging terrain takes you through the El Dorado and Tahoe national forests. If you choose to take on all the famous obstacles, you’ll minimize inevitable sheet metal damage by outfitting your rig with (at minimal) 33-inch tires, rocker slider/rock-rails, and a full roll cage. However, most difficult obstacles also have a easier bypass option as well. Just in case you’re not ready to give your rig that much rock rash. At least not yet…
Alpine Loop Trail, Colorado
Just under 65 miles long, the trail crosses two 12,000 foot passes, brings you through a half dozen ghost towns, and offers more breathtaking vistas than you can count. A 4×4 with high ground clearance will let you take in the absolutely best views. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out all the other OHV/4×4 trails in the great San Juan Mountain range, and the beautiful town of Ouray, Colorado. Also, when adventuring in this area of Colorado, a camera should be a MUST HAVE 4×4 accessory.
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
No paved roads and camping anywhere along the beach make the North Core and South Core of North Carolina’s barrier islands an incredible outdoor playground. Riding through the dunes, of course, is prohibited to protect against erosion.
The Trans-America Trail, Tennessee to Oregon
The brainchild of motorcycle enthusiast Sam Correro, the TAT, as it’s known, winds almost 5,000 miles over dirt, forest service, and jeep roads. Back in 2013 a group of Land Rovers completed the entire route, proving that it’s not just for motorcycles. We’ll let you decide if it’s for your rig.