The 5 Most Extreme Off-Road Paths in Western America
If you’re an avid off-roader, you know it is not easy finding quality trails to take your four wheel drive on the weekends. Across the United States, we have a plethora of terrain to choose from making it a haven for off road connoisseurs alike. The West Coast of the United States however, has some of the best off-roading paths in the world, thanks to the vast diversity of terrain and climates it has to offer. Before you start planning and hit the road for your next off-roading adventure, check out our guide to five of the best off-roading paths west of the Mississippi:
Imogene Pass, Colorado
Located in the southwestern part of Colorado, Imogene Pass is one of the most exciting and intense off-roading paths out there — if you’re looking for adventure, this is it. Colorado has some of the most stunning mountain terrain, making this a perfect spot to take your vehicle for an off-roading adventure you won’t forget.
Here’s what you need to know about Imogene Pass:
- Second-highest vehicle-accessible pass in the state (over 13,000 feet)
- No paved roads, making this an adrenaline-filled adventure
- Great for beginning to experienced off-roaders
- The pass is blocked by snow until plowed, usually in July
Definitely keep Imogene Pass on your list of off-roading destinations, especially in the summer season.
Moab was an obvious choice for this list, simply because it is one of the best off-roading destinations in the country. A few paths have been closed down, but there are still plenty left open to the public. This massive terrain has trails for beginners as well as experts; no matter what level you’re looking for, you can find it here.
What you need to know about Moab:
- Located in southern Utah
- One of the most popular off-roading destinations in the country
- Popular during the summer
- Fantastic views and adrenaline pumping obstacles high above the Colorado River
Rubicon Trail, Northern California
The Rubicon Trail in Northern California is one of the toughest, and most popular, trails in the country. You may recognize the name from a line of Wranglers that Jeep released — you know this trail is serious. If you’re looking for a tough adventure that will test the limits of your vehicle, head here.
What you need to know about Rubicon Trail:
- Over 20 miles of trail to explore
- Offers some of the best views around –
- Avoid during the busy season (August)
- Established guided trips take place each year in July and August, including the Jeepers Jamboree and Jeep Jamboree USA.
Crystal Ridge Trail, Washington
Crystal Ridge Trail is great for all skill levels: the first half of the trail is a nice warmup, suitable for beginners, while the second half is one of the most dangerous trails in the area, perfect for anyone looking for a thrilling adventure. Experienced drivers warn those new to off roading to inspect the area before continuing on to the second half of the trail.
What you need to know about Crystal Ridge Trail:
- Boasts over 9 miles of trails
- Forest Service road lets you get off the trail halfway through, if you prefer
- Great for both beginners and experts
This off-roading haven is known for its loose-stone paths, making this a challenging and fun course every time. This course is perfect year-round, so be sure to check this place out if you’re ever in the area.
What you need to know about Truckhaven:
- Loose-stone course
- Wide-open spaces and terrain that includes rocky canyons, deep gorges with almost perpendicular walls and great hill climbs
- Site of the annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari
So there you have it: Five of the best off-roading paths the West Coast has to offer — now get out there and start your adventure!