When you own a Jeep Wrangler, there is a constant yearning for adventure, which can encompass everything from driving through a mud pit to going on a multi-day trip through challenging terrain. As Jeepers, we want to take the road less traveled, getting in touch with our inner-pioneer to explore the sights and serenity of the wild, all while piloting our rigs.Trail riding is the essential outlet needed to tap into that part of ourselves, giving us the freedom to see parts of the world other people only see online.
However, when it comes to the trails themselves, not all trails are equal; some offer much more to the driver in terms of fun, difficulty, scenery, and overall enjoyment. You have more than likely either seen some haphazardly assembled list or have done some Googling looking for the “best off-roading trails”, which has presumably ended in varied success. However, ask any seasoned off-roader, and there are four trails that stand out from all the others—four trails every Jeeper must ride at least once in their lifetime.
1. Moab, Utah
Home to a variety of National Parks, Moab is quintessential wheeling at its finest. While there are seemingly countless trails that stretch across the state, the main area for wheeling is in a ~25 mile area called the Sand Flats Recreational Area. The terrain is mainly composed of a hard, crusty surface known as “slickrock” which provides great traction thanks to its sandpaper like quality. With nothing but scenic views for as far as the eye can see and miles of trails that range from novice to advanced, Moab is the perfect place for a Jeeper to vacation.
2. Rubicon Trail, California
Considered by many to be the most difficult trail in the nation, the Rubicon Trail is home to 22-miles of extreme off-roading. The Rubicon Trail is an innate part of the Wrangler’s identity, especially considering there is a Rubicon model, which is no surprise since a trail as challenging and scenic is the perfect place for the Wrangler to showcase its off-road prowess. With obstacles like “Devil’s Postpile” and “Thousand Dollar Hill,” the Rubicon Trail will be a memorable and rewarding experience for any off-roader.
3. Ouray, Colorado
Host to a variety of trails, 5 of which have been awarded Jeep’s Badge of Honor status for their impeccable maintenance and topography, Ouray is a Jeeper’s version of paradise. Trails like the Alpine Loop, a 75-mile long trail of rugged dirt roads that cut through the San Juan Mountains and the Corkscrew Gulch, a path comprised of numerous switchbacks to the 12,000 ft red soil summit, offer breathtaking panoramic views and unforgettable wheeling.
4. Your Local Trail
The trail that is essential for everyone to drive is the one closest to them. You’ve never truly experienced a Wrangler until you have driven it the way the engineers designed it to be. For ExtremeTerrain employees, a local favorite is Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pine Grove, PA. Offering 3,000 acres of off-roading with a variety of trails, Rausch Creek is grass-roots off-roading done right.