Let’s Get Dirty: The 4 Best Off-Roading Trails in the US

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If you’ve never been off-roading, you might question why people love it so much. After all, you’re just driving around on a bumpy road.

But if you’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of a good Jeep and go for a spin, you know what a rocking good time it can be. 

Do you have an off-roading vacation on your bucket list? Check out these 4 fantastic off-roading trails in the US for some inspiration!

1. Death Valley National Park, CA

Death Valley may not sound like a pleasant place to go on vacation. Truth be told, summertime temperatures can get a bit extreme. But a visit in the spring or fall is the perfect time to enjoy this huge national park. 

The vast majority (91%) of the park’s 3.4 million acres is protected land. However, that still leaves over a thousand miles of trails for off-roaders to enjoy. 

Explore dozens of canyons, the Modoc Mine and Charcoal Kilns. You can even check out the Manson Ranch where the murderer Charlie Manson holed up with his cult while hiding from police.

2. The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park, IL

If you’re looking for some muddy fun, this off-road park is the place to find it. This park is heavily wooded and chock full of deep holes disguised as simple mud puddles.

Be sure that your headlights are nice and bright, you’re going to need them to navigate. Click here for an upgrade if your current headlights won’t be up to the job. 

3. Calico, CA

If you’re looking for off-roading with a fun historical twist, Calico, CA is a great place to go. In the 1880s a town sprung up here around a silver mine. It quickly fizzled out as the silver disappeared.

However, in the 1950s Walter Knott bought and restored it to what it was like during its heyday. Enjoy the historical intrigue of this classic Old West town and, of course, the miles of mine shafts and placer claims that off-roaders can explore. 

4. Hidden Falls Adventure Park, Marble Falls, TX

Whatever your favorite type of terrain, you’ll be able to find it here at this adventure park in Texas. Hard-pack dirt, soft dirt, even solid rock make up the 240 miles of fun trails.

Enjoy the lovely waterfalls and pools peppered throughout the land. You can stop and take a refreshing swim to wash the road dust off or get out a fishing pole for a bit of relaxing fun.  

There are various options for staying the night including RV and tent camping, cabins, and bunkhouses. And if you don’t have your own vehicle, don’t worry, you can rent ATVs and motorcycles on site. 

Ready for an Adventure on Off-Roading Trails?

Whether this will be your first or 50th time going on an off-roading adventure, one of these off-roading trails is sure to spark your interest. You’ll have fun plowing through streams and mudholes and stopping to take in the beautiful scenery. 

Life truly is much more exciting outdoors. Be sure to read our pro camping tips if you plan to go for the full experience on your next off-roading adventure.