Off-road on your mind this fall? You’re not alone. With the popularity of SUV hybrids and full-size trucks at an all-time high, more drivers than ever are looking to put their horsepower to work off the beaten path. This week, we’re raking up a few of our favorite off-road destinations that make the most of the incoming cooler weather. From mountain ranges to muddy trails, we’ve covered every shade of autumn adventure that’ll definitely put you on (or off) the right track.
ALPINE LOOP TRAIL, COLORADO
For those looking to really get away on their getaway, Colorado’s Alpine Loop Trail is the perfect blend of the scenic and surreal. This historic byway is only snow free from June to September, meaning there’s just enough time to get planning. Five hours southwest of Denver, this 65-mile trail crosses two 12,000-foot passes, seven ghost towns and a landscape of treeless tundra underneath a blanket of red and yellow wild flowers. The entire route is four-wheel-drive terrain, and high clearance is recommended if you want to climb to reach trail’s peak vistas.
RUBICON TRAIL, CALIFORNIA
One of the most famous 4x4 experiences in the world, the Rubicon Trail is a challenging drive even for professional off roaders. Jeep’s premier Wrangler model even has a “Rubicon” edition in honor of the trail’s notorious reputation. The Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile route that winds through the El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests and is chock-full of some of the most breath-taking scenery this side of the Rockies. While stock 4x4 vehicles can run the trail, coming prepared with a souped up suspension or even a roll cage will do your ride more than a few favors in the long run.
EL CAMINO DEL DIABLO, ARIZONA
Nicknamed “The Devil’s Highway,” the El Camino Del Diablo has been in use ever since the era of conquistadors and settlers, making the trail a perfect place for history buffs. This 250-mile link between U.S. and Mexico runs mostly along the border through a landscape of organ pipe cacti, drifting sand dunes and ancient lava flows. You can expect plenty of peace and quiet here, so be sure to pack enough water and emergency equipment just in case. Most trips take around three days, and we’re convinced there’s no better way to relive the pioneers’ experiences on the road (with a significant upgrade to the “horse-and-carriage” part).
WHITE RIM TRAIL, UTAH
For fans of fall colors, Utah’s White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park boasts incredible rock formations painted in orange and red hues. This 100-mile trail runs by sandstone arches, Native American ruins and amazing canyon vistas. We’d recommend setting aside two to three days to experience the landscape in full, and maybe a few more if you’d like to switch from four wheels to two on the world-class mountain biking trails. Even by night, the trail offers out-of-this-world stargazing, so be sure to pack a tent for the full experience.
BALD EAGLE STATE FOREST, PENNSYLVANIA
For our East Coast explorers, Bald Eagle State Forest showcases the epitome of autumn scenery. The forest is a 200,000 acre gem in the heart of Pennsylvania that spans sharp ridges, pristine mountain streams and cozy cabins that make for a perfect homestead after a hard day’s adventure. There are plenty of trails for motorcycles and ATVs, as well as hiking venues for those who would rather hoof it. Overall, Bald Eagle State Forest offers one of the season’s best off-road experiences – primarily because it seldom gives you a road at all.
No matter where autumn takes you, know that you always have a collision repair partner that can put your ride back on track. Our experts are always here to restore the rhythm of your life so you can go back to getting off-road again.
From all of us at Caliber, happy trails!