4 of the Best Overland Trails in the US

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An overland trail is the perfect vacation experience for off-roaders. Test a new car or take your old favorite on a special adventure you’ll not forget in a hurry. If you’re looking for an off-road-trip and you are happy to consider the journey the adventure, not the destination, an overland trail may be for you.

Here are some of the best overland trails in the US. If they get your pulse racing, make sure your 4×4 vehicle is kitted out with all the relevant equipment and hit the road to see for yourself.

While your ideal vehicle for this kind of adventure might be a Land Rover Defender or something very similar, you might be surprised by how far you can get with a less rugged vehicle as long as you consider necessary accessories and pack adventure supplies.

Here are some of the most beautiful and exciting trails to put drivers and vehicles through their paces.

This mid-length overland route will reward you and your skills with incredible mountain views in the Rockies. It will probably take you around five hours or six hours, and includes abandoned mining towns.

The loop begins in Silverton, Colorado and will take you through the San Juan Mountains. If you want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of places to camp and opportunities for hiking.

Note that the route will be closed in winter time. Also, a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for Engineer and Cinnamon Passes, which are both over 12,000 feet.

This 5000-mile trail was developed by Sam Correro, a motorcycle enthusiast, who wanted to create a motorcycle route that went coast-to-coast, off-road. Expect dirt, forest, gravel, and jeep roads. It has been completed by Land Rover LR4’s, so it is possible to get to the end in a larger vehicle.

This trail is mostly gravel and will take you over 400 miles from Livengood to Deadhorse. This was once a service road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, crossing the Brooks Range and the Yukon River on its way to the Arctic Ocean.

You should know that it is still thought to be one of the most dangerous roads in the US. This is mostly due to the lack of cell reception and services along the route. People still do it, however, because they are looking for some of the country’s most spectacular wilderness.

This trail is the reason Jeep named their most robust Wrangler the Rubicon. As you can imagine, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Modifications are highly recommended – by the Rubicon Trail Foundation – including increasing the size of your tires and using a lift kit. Make sure your lights are durable. Don’t try this trail if you are worried about scratching your vehicle.

In addition to the satisfaction of enjoying one of the most famous overland routes, you’ll also be able to make the most of multiple camping locations. This is a great trail for those looking for adventure.

If you’ve bought a 4×4 or you’re considering a purchase, you most likely have an adventurous spirit. Check out these trails to explore your potential and that of your off-road vehicle.

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