If you stop to think about it for a second, the sheer variety of terrain in the United States is incredible. Given how many trails and areas there are to visit, having a 4×4 Jeep pushes the limits and boundaries, exploring unpaved land.
1. Rubicon Trail – California
The Rubicon Trail is technically part of a county road in El Dorado County, California. The trail is closed to the public in late July and early August for the Jeepers Jamboree and the officially sponsored Jeep Jamboree.
2. Moab – Utah
This place is breathtaking and enjoyed by off-roaders, mountain bikers, hikers, and rafters. There is plenty of terrain for anything from stock 4×4 vehicles to heavily modified off-road rigs. If you do not have your own trail-worthy truck or SUV, there are guided trail tours and Jeep rentals.
3. Johnson Valley – California
Home to the legendary “King of the Hammers” off-road competition, Johnson Valley is one of Southern California’s premiere off-road destinations.
4. Mojave National Preserve – California
The Mojave National Preserve is the third-largest national park in the country at 16 million acres. The main visitor center is the Kelso Depot, which houses a restaurant, exhibits, restrooms, picnic area and information counter.
5. Superlift ORV – Arkansas
Superlift ORV Park is the only privately owned off-road park on this list and although it’s not as open or expansive as some of the other destinations on this list, it is a fun destination for families and off-road enthusiasts in the southeast.
6. Ouray – Colorado
Ouray is one of the most scenic destinations on our list. Ouray is within the San Juan National Forest, with the Uncompahgre and Rio Grande National Forest areas close by as well as the smaller Ridgway State Park. There are a number of Alpine-themed hotels, conventional hotels and bed and breakfasts in the Ouray area.
7. Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest offers a change of scenery for those looking for a summer getaway. At 607 square miles, Ocala is the second-largest and most-visited national forest in Florida. It is for having a large proportion of Florida Scrub habitat and the largest concentration of sand pine in the world.
8. Las Cruces – New Mexico
The Bureau of Land Management manages 5.4 million acres of land in southern New Mexico, which includes an astounding 45,000 miles of roads and trails. The Organ Mountain National Recreation Area is close by and offers several camping areas and off-highway vehicle trail networks.
9. Mendocino – National Forest, California
Mendocino National Forest is the only national forest is California that not crossed by a paved road or highway, making for an especially serene nature experience. There are numerous campgrounds, most with restrooms, a camp stove, fire ring and a picnic table, but no showers or RV hookups, except at the Red Bluff Recreation Area.
10. Whipsaw Trail – British Columbia
Whipsaw Trail crosses two mountains, winding from the Hope-Princeton Highway in the Southern mainland of British Columbia, Canada to the tiny village of Coalmont. The trail offers the adventurous off-road enthusiast an opportunity to explore an alpine wonderland of meadows and icy lakes, surrounded by mountain peaks.
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