The United States offers hundreds of opportunities for those who love off-roading, be it an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or a truck. No matter what part of the country you reside in or are visiting, and regardless of your skill level, you’ll be able to find a trail that’s right for you. Here are a few of the myriad amazing off-road trails that America has to offer:
Switzerland Trail (Boulder, Colorado)
The Switzerland Trail is a light-weight in terms of difficulty, but a heavy-weight in terms of view. This is a trail designed for the nature lover who happens to off-road. It won’t test your ability to handle intense terrains, but it will test your ability to keep your jaw off the ground amid breathtaking views. The trail follows an old train track and takes you by buildings well over 100 years old. Most impressive, though, is the view of the Front Range Hills.
This one won’t get your adrenaline pumping, but you won’t ever forget it. ATVs are not allowed, as it is a county road.
Bunce School Road (Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder County, Colorado)
This is a fantastic trail for off-road enthusiasts, because it offers myriad side trails of varying levels of difficulty. The main road itself is relatively easy to navigate, and a perfect spot for those new to off-roading. But ride long enough, and you’ll likely find waters and rocks that will begin to test your abilities. For those that are more experienced and skilled, side trips to Ironclads and even a plane wreckage site will test your courage and skill level. And with Bunce School Road located in Roosevelt National Forest, there’s ample opportunity for friends or family members who aren’t into off-roading to camp, while you go and have fun on the trails.
Cleghorn Ridge (San Bernardino, California)
Cleghorn Ridge is an awesome spot to hit with friends, because there are forks in the road every way you look. Some of the forks are easy enough that a stock SUV can make the trek, but others require serious skill and even more serious vehicles. If you’re an experienced off-roader introducing your friend to the sport, there’s a path for each of you. If you want to have a scenic, easy drive to a nice picnic spot and then have an adrenaline rush afterward, this spot was made for you. And if you and some friends want to test the abilities of your ATVs…well, step right up.
Rubicon Trail (South Lake Tahoe, California)
The Rubicon Trail is the holy grail of off-road trails in the United States. Used as a testing facility for Jeep (and the namesake of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon), the trail is located in one of the most breathtaking vistas in all of America, the Sierra Nevada region not far from Yosemite National Park. This is a trail for serious off-roaders who want to experience a piece of American off-roading history, and also see spectacular views of mountains, lakes, and California’s famed redwood trees. And if you like traveling in packs (and own a Jeep), there are multiple off-road events sponsored by Jeep throughout the year when you can do what you love with a bunch of other people who love it, too.
These are just four of the best trails, but the amount of quality paths in America is seemingly endless. Regardless of your state and your experience, you’ll find a trail for all your off-road desires.