Best North American Off-Roading Destinations


Off-Roading can be both active and a lot of fun if you’re being responsible and safe.  Health Fitness Revolution has done some research and put together a list of the Best North American Off-Roading Destinations:


Rubicon Trail, California


Location: Northern California

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 82 Low: 55; July – High: 90 Low: 61; August – High: 91 Low: 61

Permits Required: U.S. Forest Service Camp Fire, Green or Red State Use Sticker for non street-legal vehicles.

  •  The best known and most popular 4×4 trail in the world
  • A rare combination of difficulty, beauty, length and pure rock-crawling fun
  • Great camping next to crystal-clear lakes with stunning views
  • Difficult Trail
  • A mix of granite slabs, soft dirt, sharp rocks and large boulders that require precise maneuvering to avoid body damage


Moab, Utah

 Moab Utah

Location: Southeastern Utah

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 93 Low: 58; July – High: 99 Low: 64; August – High: 96 Low: 63

Permits Required: State Resident or Non-Resident OHV Permit, BLM Permit for Organized Groups

  • Conveniently located near Moab, this trail offers a hardcore, four-wheeling experience that will scare and exhilarate you
  • Great views of Moab from various points along rim
  • Difficult Trail
  • Trail wastes little time getting down to business. The first half mile is nothing short of terrifying.
  • A long climb of tight, tippy, and extremely difficult ledges requires excellent driving skills and a very capable four-wheel drive rig


Mojave National Preserve, California


Location: Southern California

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 98 Low: 59; July – High: 104 Low: 73; August – High: 103 Low: 72

Permits Required: Recreational permit for groups of seven or more vehicles or 15 people

  • Traveling the Mojave Road is a 2- or 3-day excursion, best made with a group of well-equipped off-roaders.
  • The trip begins at the Colorado River and ends in Afton Canyon near Barstow.
  • Easy to Moderate Trail


Superlift ORV, Arkansas


Location: Central Arkansas

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 88 Low: 67; July – High: 93 Low: 71; August – High: 93 Low: 70

Permits Required: $30 Daily Use Fee for Trucks/SUVs, $15 for ATVs and Motorcycles. Annual and family memberships available.

  • Superlift ORV Park is a privately-owned off-road park and a premier off road adventure destination
  • This park offers enthusiasts over 1,250 pristine wooded acres to explore
  • Trails are clearly marked and difficulty rated
  • Superlift ORV Park offers both tent camping and RV campsites nestled in beautiful shaded hardwoods


Ouray, Colorado


Location: Southwestern Colorado

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 72 Low: 45; July – High: 77 Low: 52; August – High: 74 Low: 50

Permits Required: OHV Permit for nearby Ridgway State Park, Daily Parks Pass for $7. No permits for San Juan National Forest. Some permits required for group or commercial activities.

  • One of the most scenic off-road destinations on this list
  • Imogene Pass is the second highest drivable pass in Colorado
  • The drive is one of the most thrilling in the state.
  • Difficulty is Moderate but do not take this trip lightly
  • The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates
  • Experienced drivers only


Ocala National Forest


Location: North central Florida

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 92 Low: 70; July – High: 93 Low: 71; August – High: 93 Low: 72

Permits Required: Annual/Day Passes required for entranced to concession-managed recreation areas. $50-60, good for one year from date of purchase.

  • The Ocala National Forest is Florida’s top destination for off-roading
  • Trails are designed for slow speeds for riders to view and appreciate scenery and wildlife as well as to highlight the importance of conservation, forest management, and history.
  • Trail is Easy to Moderate


Las Cruces, New Mexico

 Las Cruces

Location: Southern New Mexico

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 95 Low: 62; July – High: 95 Low: 68; August – High: 92 Low: 67

Permits Required: $5 Per vehicle day use pass, $7 camping permit for BLM-managed areas.

  • The Robledo Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System is a network of trails, including bike trails, in the southern Robledo Mountains
  • The trails are dominated by enormous rocks, making the terrain extraordinarily challenging for riders.
  • Trail is Difficult


Mendocino National Forest, California

Mendocino National Forest

Location: Northern California

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 85 Low: 50; July – High: 94 Low: 54; August – High: 93 Low: 52

Permits Required: Current registration for street-legal vehicles, Green Sticker state permit for Off-Highway vehicles. Campfire permits required for some areas.

  • Just a three hour drive north of San Francisco and Sacramento
  • Some 65 miles long and 35 miles across of beautiful trails
  • The Forest’s 913,306 federally-owned acres of mountains and canyons offer a variety of recreational opportunities – camping, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel


Whipsaw Trail, British Columbia


Location: South Central British Columbia

Average Temperatures (F): June – High: 72 Low: 44; July – High: 79 Low: 48; August – High: 79 Low: 47

Permits Required: None. Valid, current vehicle registration. License required for hunting or  fishing

  • Most of the trail is driven close to tree line but in several places it goes into alpine meadows where views from the top are breathtaking on a clear day
  • The Falcon Hill Climb can be trying for some trucks, but the result is exhilarating
  • Rough spots start after about 24 kilometres of forestry road access
  • There are a number of rock shelves/ledges but all can be accomplished in dry weather




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