The Off-Road Adventure Life

Posted on: November 9th, 2017

Offroad driving resources

The online world (read: forums, blogs, dozens of websites) is full of information for the new and experienced off-road driver. While there’s no way to discuss them all, we did find this article from the Art of Manliness a useful read for those just beginning their exploration of our preferred hobby. “Remember, the most important…

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Posted on: November 9th, 2017

Colorado Overland trip

Red Cone – Radical Hill – North Fork Swan River We wasted no time getting into our trip by tackling Red Cone. Whatever notions I had of this trip being epic were very quickly exceeded entering this difficult trail. Red Cone was very fun with a few nice switchbacks and rutted out sections with larger…

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Posted on: October 9th, 2017

Box Canyon Hassayampa River, Az

Just northwest of Phoenix, AZ sits the small town of Wickenburg. The landscape is made up of undulating desert and low foothills. Trails in this area can be dangerously hot in the summer to drive. However, there is a trail here that allows drivers to relax in the shade of canyon walls and get a…

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Posted on: October 9th, 2017

The Swell, Utah

While researching and driving trails in Moab, UT we had heard from a local Moab veteran about The Swell, an area to the west of Moab that offered amazing trails with unique scenery for unlicensed vehicles. It had been his go-to spot for years. He lent us the only map he had ever found, on…

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Posted on: June 20th, 2017

Wagon Wheel Rendezvous

Meeker Colorado OHV Event Rich history and beautiful scenery best describe the Wagon Wheel Trail system located outside the small town Meeker, Colorado. Established in 1883, the town is located in the White River Valley on Highway 13, just 42 miles north of Rifle and Interstate 70. We were attracted to the area because the…

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Posted on: July 5th, 2016

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

  The Hatfield-McCoy Trails (Yes, THOSE Hatfields & McCoys!) are named for two families who could never quite get along near the West Virginia and Kentucky border after the Civil War. We had heard about these trails for some time now and decided to finally make the trip.          The trails are made…

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Posted on: November 20th, 2015

Poison Spider Mesa

The only way fully appreciate Moab is to see it with your own eyes and experience it yourself. The terrain and views from the trails are unbelievably gorgeous. The area is on the bucket list of every offroader and near the top of the trail list should be Poison Spider Mesa.   The staging area…

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Posted on: November 12th, 2015

Rocker Knocker

Rocker Knocker is a difficult rated obstacle on the Pritchett Canyon trail, and our friends from Moab Friends-for-Wheelin’ Club show the best line up to avoid body damage.   A great demonstration of the correct way up.

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Posted on: October 9th, 2014

Arizona Coke Ovens Closed

Off-road trails can lead to some amazing historical sites, but more and more we are seeing that those places are closing to the public due to misuse. In Arizona, the Coke Ovens are going through some major changes these days due to vandalism. We first visited the site in 2001 and were amazed at how…

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Posted on: May 9th, 2014

Glamis Dunes opens closed areas

When we wrote our first California guidebook back in 2003, about half of Glamis Dunes south of Highway 78 was closed to motorized use. Environmental groups, led by the Sierra Club, had managed to close 49,000 acres to protect what they said was an endangered plant, called the Peirson’s Milk-Vetch. We were told it was…

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Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

First SUV?

While many (most?) of the vehicles we see on the trail are Jeeps in the ‘standard’ form, lately we’ve been noticing a greater number of SUVs. It’s not difficult to guess why SUVs are increasingly popular for exploring the backcountry. They’ve been around nearly as long as the Jeep (and similar short-wheelbase vehicles), and since…

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